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Is Electric Boating Right For You?
Ah, fall in the Ozarks, when a largemouth bass’s thoughts lightly turn to eating littler fish. When the weather turns cool, these bruisers come up from deeper water to feed on baitfish. And some of the biggest, the lunkiest, live beyond the reach of gasoline.
“Around here you got a lot of little lakes where they don’t allow gas-powered boats,” said Dale Eberlin, owner of Eberlin Boats & Motors, in Hermann, Mo. “A lot of them are lakes in the middle of subdivisions,” he said. “There’s nowhere for the water to go, so you can’t have a bunch of gas engines puking in the water.”
This year, Mr. Eberlin, whose father began the business in 1955, became a dealer for Torqeedo, a German manufacturer of electric and hybrid drives for maritime applications. Only a handful of companies make electric outboard motors, ranging from 5 hp (more than twice the power of a typical electric trolling motor) to 80 hp, in the Torqeedo’s Deep Blue 80 T….
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