Hydraulic drive

Discussion in 'Propulsion' started by homebuilt, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. homebuilt
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    homebuilt New Member

    Hi, I am planning on building a wooden pontoon boat 8`wide x 16` long.
    We have a place on a beautiful small river with sand bottom. Just want it to cruise about 7-10 Km/hr 2 people. So structural requirements are not as important as a live aboard vessel. I would really like to drive it with a paddlewheel. I was considering a 10hp diesel engine(economical price from supplier)
    Wheel would be approx. 4` wide by 5` diameter.
    Maybe electric thruster on front for steering (solar panel)
    Would need a low speed high torque motor .
    Just not sure about hp requirements,pump etc. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2008
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