I've decided on building a Peeler and have done some thinking about how I'll power it. Originally I thought about a small outboard but have changed my mind. All I want to do with this boat it glide quietly around the bays enjoying the ride and scenery. I'm thinking of going Green and using a Minnkota E-Drive for primary power. The E-Drive delivers quite a bit of power and will push a pontoon boat 6 knots. The unit bolts on the transom and has some nice options included. It offers power Tilt, shifting, throttle, battery gauges and key lock all at the helm. They offer tiller or remote, I would go with the remote and build a small console with wheel. Its 48 volt so 4 -12v batteries. I thought I would put them under the cross forward section of the mid seat or more forward if needed for balance in a battery case with a AC port for charging.
I could sit my old body down at the helm and really do almost every thing from there. The big thing for me would be the power tilt for raising and lowering the motor from a sit down helm seat. I would like the wheel to be on center about 36 - 40 inches from the transom. I ran this by CLC recently but haven't heard anything yet. Just looking for opinions on this and would it work??? Thanks, Ken.