I took delivery of an American Minn Kota electric outboard that I had ordered a couple of months previously. I had looked at the torqeedo which would be more powerful, but it was twice the price, and with the battery being integral to the body, it would be heavier to handle.
I had become fed up with unreliable (and polluting) 2 strokes, so I sold both the ones I had and this was the replacement. It is very light, though the separate 75ah battery is quite a lump. Altogether it is more manageable that the stroke Honda, and more reliable the 3hp Mariner. Though it has a much smaller horsepower it seems to push the Walker Bay along quite adequately.
I already had a C-Tek charger which is very compact and which can be left on without overcharging the battery, Usually this will sit at home, but if we are away on a cruise,it can come with us and be used in conjunction with shore power, or when the generator is running. While on board the battery sits on the aft deck in a rainproof box that is located so that it cannot slide about.
Trained as Naval Architect. Involved in shipbuilding and shipyard construction/ Worked briefly in aviation. Joined Associated British Ports in 1984 as Business Development Manager. For 10 years until retirement in 2001, Environment Manager at ABP. Has owned several yachts described on this website