I have made a 20 ft 2 man high sided rowboat, 10 ft oars, sliding seats, flat bottom boat. I rowed for about 2 years before a friend suggested his trolling motor mount and his 3 hp trolling motor, that he described as the most powerfull 12 v trolling motor made. Well, now that I have added that darn trolling motor, I can never go back. I row my river, here in Jacksonville,Fl at dawn and sunset, both per day, on a fairly regular course, of about 2.5 miles per day. I use a normal deep cycle battery. I never run out of power, and frankly, there is a kind of groove thing that happens with the combination of rowing and electric, both building on each other, each helping.
I want to participate in next year everglades challenge, a 300 mile race. But, I will have to finish the north carolina challenge in sept, on the outer banks, which is 100 miles. I could probably row it alone, but now that I have been exposed to electric, I am spoiled.
So, I would like to trade out my deep cycle battery for a pair a of GPL 4C 6v batteries wired in series for more effeciency. Would a torqeedo do the trick for me. What I am worried about is especially rowing into the wind. Right now, the trolling motor makes this do-able, as I normally face big wind and 3 ft waves with no problem, thanks to the electric. Granted, my speed is around 2.5 in a big wind, but this morning, with no wind, and rowing hard I was at 6.1 mph.
Any ideas are most welcome
Tom the rower