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TORQEEDO Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft

Model # 12101846Mfg # 1143-20

$1,999.00

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Product Description

Perfect for daysailers up to 3,000 pounds, tenders, dinghies and duck boats, this motor sets a new standard for quiet, lightweight and ecologically-friendly propulsion.

With a built-in ultra-efficient, lithium-manganese battery pack, Torqeedo Travel outboards deliver power and range. (Range varies depending on speed, conditions and boat type. At full throttle, run time is 35 minutes; slower speeds result in up to ten hours or more!)

The Travel 1003 is completely waterproof, clean and easy to use with push-button starting and a four-function display that shows percentage of battery power remaining, speed over ground and remaining range. Speed and range are calculated using an integrated GPS receiver. An audible signal warns you when the battery charge drops to 30%. The smallest carbon footprint of any propulsion motor.

Owner's Manual

Features:

  • Environmentally friendly -  no matter how or where you store your Travel – there’s no risk of leakage or fuel smells
  • Quiet and lightweight
  • Completely waterproof
  • High-performance lithium battery integrated into the outboard: high energy density, excellent high-current capacity, safe
  • Charging socket and USB port for charging with onshore power 12V
  • Also solar chargeable including while on voyage
  • Can also be used as a power source for smartphones, lamps etc. via a USB adapter
  • On-board computer with GPS-based calculation of remaining range
  • Audible alarm issued when battery charge is low
  • Magnetic kill switch stops the motor in emergencies without impairing its waterproof qualities
  • Can be easily dismantled for transport and space-saving storage
  • Two year manufacturer warranty

Specifications:

  • Input Power Watts: 1,000W
  • Voltage: 29.6V
  • Output Power: 480W (3hp equivalent propulsive power; 4hp equivalent thrust)
  • Shaft Length: 29 11/16”L
  • Remote Control: No (can add remote throttle)
  • Battery Type: Internal Waterproof (IP67)
  • Integrated Battery: 532 Watt hour lithium-manganese (18 Ah @29.6V)
  • Battery Life: 35min. full-throttle; 3 1/2hr. half-throttle
  • Max. Propeller Speed: 1,200RPM
  • Steering Type: Twist tiller, 360° lockable
  • Gearing: F-R continuously variable
  • Weight: 30.8lb. total; motor 20.2lb.; battery 9.1lb.
Battery Run Time
  Speed (mph) Range (nm/m) Run Time (hrs)
Slow speed 2.3 23 10:30
Half throttle 3.4 12.1 3:30
Full throttle 5.7 3.2 0:35

 

Specs

Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft

Battery Life 1 Hour Full-Throttle
2 Hours Half-Throttle
Battery Type Lithium-Manganese
Best Use Travel
Input Power 1000 Watts
Features Remote Capable
Comparable Horsepower 3 Horsepower
Length 29 11/16 Inches
Output Power 480 Watts
Thrust 68 Pounds
Type Travel Outboards
Voltage 29.6
Weight 30.8 Pounds

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TorqeedoTravel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft
 
3.4

(based on 12 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy storage (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Waterproof (5)
  • Safe (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (8), Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome little outboard

I have a 19-ft. traditional-style wooden boat. It weighs around 1400 pounds, before I put myself and any other moveable ballast aboard. This motor is a replacement for oars, which are...Read complete review

I have a 19-ft. traditional-style wooden boat. It weighs around 1400 pounds, before I put myself and any other moveable ballast aboard. This motor is a replacement for oars, which are great if you have a teenager aboard, less useful as you get older.The motor is easy to mount (I have an outboard well) because it comes apart into three major pieces. When it's taken apart, the shaft assembly is easy to lift and mount because it probably only weighs about 10-15 pounds. Once it's screwed down, you can mount the handle and battery, which simply slide onto the shaft and lock in place. Nothing to it. This is great for me, because I mount the motor at the dock, drive it out of the harbor (sometimes a mile or more) then take the thing apart and stow it when I get the sails up.It has a twist-grip foreward and reverse, with detents at multiple throttle settings. The steering can be locked at center, which is the way I use it. If you don't do that, the handle works just like a regular outboard. There's a GPS which gives constant readouts of speed and projected mileage. Very handy to make sure you don't run out of battery. Also educational - you can see how much your mileage decreases as your speed goes up.The motor will drive my boat at hull speed (about 5 knots) for about 2.5 miles. If I cut that back to 2.5-3 knots, the range goes up to 10-12 miles, which is plenty good enough for my purposes. At 1 knot, it says it will go 20 miles. That would be painfully slow, but I guess it's something you could do in an emergency.The GPS readout can be changed from Miles/MPH to NM / Knots to KM / KM per hour. There's a 'deadman' switch that's a tethered magnet - like you see on a treadmill. The only reason I don't give this 5 stars is because I haven't had it long enough to assess reliability.I spent about $2K for this motor. I had a long conversation with a local boat dealer about the Honda 2, which he sells for $1,100. He admitted to the cost and nuisance of gas, oil, maintenance, and a tricky clutch problem they have seen with the Honda. Is it worth the extra $900? For me, absolutely. The convenience of just mounting it and going, the great form factor, and not having to carry gas on the boat does it for me. You'll have to make your own choice.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

revised review

Two failures in two years.
First year, the supposedly waterproof controller got water inside it, despite being stored in a heated house indoors all winter, and in a dry cockpit locker...Read complete review

Two failures in two years.
First year, the supposedly waterproof controller got water inside it, despite being stored in a heated house indoors all winter, and in a dry cockpit locker during the summer. Replaced under warrantee.
Second year, although at launch it worked, by midsummer I was unable to connect the controller cable. The tiny connector socket on the battery had corroded shut. The battery was stored in a heated house indoors both winters, and on a cabin berth in the summer.
This motor got much better care than a gas outboard would have, which would be in an unheated garage or hanging off the stern all winter, and hanging off the stern of the boat all summer.

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4.0

Meets My Needs!

By Mean Gene

from Thornton, Colorado

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Charging on the Water
  • Compact Design
  • Easy Storage
  • Easy To Use
  • Enviromentally Sound
  • Safe
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sailing

    Comments about Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft:

    This electric outboard is an environmentally sound way for sailing. It gets you under way from and to the dock, while also being a backup. The solar panel addition is a must that provide power all day. It does not have gas exhaust or vapors, and it will not be over bearing with noise. It has replaced my oars thou I still keep them in the boat.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Good motor for my small sportboat

    By Tom Burden

    from Watsonville, CA

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Always starts
    • Modular design is light
    • No gasoline smell!

    Cons

    • Error codes

    Best Uses

    • Auxialary for Ultimate 20
    • Motor for roll-up dinghy

    Comments about Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft:

    Have been using Torqeedos since the first motor came out in 2007. This second-generation motor is a huge improvement, and is a real alternative to a small gas engine. I used it to get my small U20 sportboat in and out of the marina, and to motor home when the wind died. It pushes a 1350-pound sailboat at five knots for half an hour, and for a lot longer if you throttle back. Just the same, you need to be aware of your battery usage when going electric. My solution was to have a second battery onboard. That's a little pricey, but really improves the operating range. Overall, a very good product. Very happy to not have a Honda 2HP gas motor onboard!

    I write West Advisor articles for West Marine.

    Service and delivery comments:

    The manufacturer has a good reputation for backing their products.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    I DON'T TRUST THIS ENGINE!

    By vacationv

    from Fort Pierce, FL

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy Storage

    Cons

    • Not Reliable
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft:

      We bought this engine from West Marine for our West Marine Dinghy. The first time i used it I noticed it was very difficult to know which way the throttle was turning...forward or reverse. Also, the prop frequently flew out of the water when going in reverse.

      Worst of all, the second time it was used, my son was trapped in the middle of the ICW with a dead engine after only 1.5 miles and a flood of error messages.

      We thought we would give it one more chance. Again, the battery was fully charged and it failed after running less than 30 yards with a strong incoming current (tide). We would have been stranded, floating at 3Knotts if it were not for the fact my passenger was an avid rower. He was able to row us with the current to our boat without injury but not without insult. We are so glad we did not trust this motor to use with our grandchild.

      West Marine is always wonderful about their return policy. We are taking the engine back tonight and hopefully will do better with a propane engine or a Mercury gas engine.

      While I was attracted to the light weight, I have to be able to TRUST our dinghy motor just as much as we trust our diesel on our trawler.

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      • No
       
      3.0

      Rude Salesman, last year's model motor, motor runs well

      By Ron

      from Cahtlamet WA

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy Storage

      Cons

      • Pricey

      Best Uses

        Comments about Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft:

        Common thread at WM - rude unknowledgeable sales people.

        I explicitly asked for the current year model. Salesman said yes it is, but acted like he had no idea. It wasn't. Salesman spent most of his time talking/listening to his phone earset and not to me.

        The new website at Torqeedo was very helpful. Based on that website and its linked articles I took the risk to purchase this one for our smaller boat. .

        Motor itself powers my boats well - at least as good as, and perhaps better than I had hoped. Lives up to the Torqeedo claims, easily. Based on this experience, I will likely be buying the 4.0 model for my larger boat next fall as I continue my repower process. I hope to find a local vendor other than WM to purchase from.

        Motor is not as flimsy as some of the comments I have read led me to suspect. With reasonable care I dont expect any problems,.

        The manual is as "bare-bones" as other reviews have indicated. Torqeedo could easily add more info to their website. Also a good place for "how-to's" on, for example, various ways to hook up my own solar power system to the torqeedo motors.

        Service and delivery comments:

        I recommend the motor to careful boaters. I have a hard time recommending WM.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        revised review

        By ilader

        from Woods Hole MA

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy Storage

        Cons

        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft:

          Two failures in two years.
          First year, the supposedly waterproof controller got water inside it, despite being stored in a heated house indoors all winter, and in a dry cockpit locker during the summer. Replaced under warrantee.
          Second year, although at launch it worked, by midsummer I was unable to connect the controller cable. The tiny connector socket on the battery had corroded shut. The battery was stored in a heated house indoors both winters, and on a cabin berth in the summer.
          This motor got much better care than a gas outboard would have, which would be in an unheated garage or hanging off the stern all winter, and hanging off the stern of the boat all summer.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Broken in shipping box

          By Mike

          from Howell, NJ

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Compact Design

          Cons

          • Flimsy
          • Plastic

          Best Uses

            Comments about Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft:

            Excited to get this engine ... Opened box and the fin under the propeller has snapped off in shipment ... The shaft leading to the propeller is loose ... Mostly made of plastic ... Feels flimsy ... Very bummed ... Returning it tomorrow.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Torqeedo long shaft 1003

            By Harrison Richardt

            from Minnesota

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Flimsy

            Best Uses

            • Boating

            Comments about Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft:

            I was disappointed to see how it was assembled out of the package. The shaft was not secured well to the the prop motor. I love the simple design and overall the product. Its new so we will see.

            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Finally, a GREAT electric outboard

            By ilader

            from Woods Hole

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy Storage
            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful
            • Reliable
            • Safe
            • Waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Boating
              • Canoeing

              Comments about Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft:

              The Torqeedo is designed to avoid the corrosion problems that plague saltwater electric outboards. It is very convenient to carry and mount, coming in three light pieces that fit together easily. It can be kept stowed, and mounted piecemeal only when needed. It is as powerful as they say, propelling my 3,000lb keelboat at hull speed for half an hour.

              1. A battery meter is needed on the battery, for owners of more than one battery.
              2. Put a "Forward – Reverse" label on the throttle shaft.
              3. Put lanyard holes on the motor, battery, and tiller.
              4. Let the motor charge the battery while sailing or moored in a current.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Customer service is very very responsive to questions. Even questions like: "Can I really use it submerged?"

              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A Great Choice for Certain Conditions

              By Windfall

              from Williamsburg, VA

              About Me Advanced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Quiet
              • Waterproof

              Cons

              • May not fit

              Best Uses

              • Kick out from marina

              Comments about Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft:

              I am in second season with this on my Precision 18 sailboat. Had to add 6 inches of block to motor mount so the tiller would clear my transom. Also use bungee to secure when sailing with it up, as weight of battery will cause it to rotate to prop toward water orientation. That said, it is easy to use, light weight, reliable, quiet, and range is excellent. At half throttle range doubles and boat is going almost as fast as full throttle. I would not use this if I had to go against strong tides or longer distances. Max range for me is about 4 miles at a reasonable speed. Sailing on James River (current, weak tides, usually light winds) it is perfect. Don't miss ethanol, clogged fuel systems, or pulling on starter rope!

              Service and delivery comments:

              Torqeedo tech support staff in USA is excellent, flexible, and responsive.

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great dinghy motor

              By psubill78

              from Kenosha, WI

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy Storage
              • Waterproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boating

                Comments about Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Long Shaft:

                This product is great, West Marine's price match policy makes this unit not alot more expensive than your traditional 4HP outboard.

                We have this on our 9.5' dinghy, with 3 people, this motor can get it on plane, and hit about 7-8 knots... not bad... battery life at full throttle isn't spectacular, but at nominal speeds (3-4 knots) you'll see this last hours.

                A display that shows GPS calculated speed, distance to 'empty' and how much power is being used is great.

                All our marina neighbors are in awe at the speed and level of quiet this unit offers.

                Would recommend, lets hope long term use lives up to how we feel today.

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