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53. ELECTRIC SAILBOAT Conversion Progress - Removing the Diesel Tank and Painting - DIY Sailing
We've been making a lot of progress on our electric sailboat conversion. We cut out and removed the diesel tank which was fiberglassed in place by the factory. We also made some modifications buy cutting and grinding away some non-structural partitions on the quarter berth. With the diesel tank and the partitions gone, we prepped and painted what was left - a giant clean slate for us to rebuild to our liking.   

Our end goal for this boat is to be completely off the grid. Sure, going completely electric will be better for the environment, and that's a plus, but that's not the biggest reason we're doing this. We're doing this because we love simplicity, and an electric motor is the simplest and purest form of auxiliary propulsion for a sailboat in our minds. Getting rid of the need to fill diesel jerry cans, the need to constantly service and maintain the engine,  and the need to constantly search for more propane for your stove, is the real reason.   

I'm not going to sit here and tell you that electric is better for everyone, because it's certainly not. But for us, going electric was a no-brainer.   More information about our electric sailboat build coming shortly. Stay tuned! 

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