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TORQEEDO Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Short Shaft

Model # 12101838Mfg # 1142-20

$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: 1,000W
  • Voltage: 29.6V
  • Output Power: 480W (3hp equivalent propulsive power; 4hp equivalent thrust)
  • Shaft Length: 24 5/8”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: 29.5lb. total; motor 19.9; 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, Short Shaft

Battery Type Lithium-Manganese
Battery Life 1 Hour Full-Throttle
2 Hours Half-Throttle
Best Use Travel
Comparable Horsepower 3 Horsepower
Features Remote Capable
Length 24 5/8 Inches
Thrust 68 Pounds
Output Power 480 Watts
Input Power 1000 Watts
Warranty Details Two Years Limited
Type Travel Outboards
Voltage 29.6 Volts
Weight 29.5 Pounds

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Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Short Shaft
 
3.2

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

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70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Compact (7)
  • Easy storage (7)
  • Safe (7)
  • Waterproof (7)

Cons

  • Flimsy (3)

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (4)
  • Personal watercraft (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (6), Casual/ recreational (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic Gas Outboard Alternative !

Impressive quality and engineering. I use it on a Watertender 9.9 and my expectations have been exceeded. Range and speed are very good. I replaced a 4hp four stroke and really like a...Read complete review

Impressive quality and engineering. I use it on a Watertender 9.9 and my expectations have been exceeded. Range and speed are very good. I replaced a 4hp four stroke and really like a gas/oil free 30lb motor. I ran it several hours, approx. 2-4 miles and got home with 50% battery remaining. I am planning on adding a solar panel to extend the range and recharge while at the sand bar. Considering it's weight at 29.5 lbs and range of 2-16 NM depending on speed, no oil changes, water pump impellers, thermostats, tune-ups, flushing, not having to start & warm-up, not having to reach back to shift F-N-R, only twisting the throttle. This is the perfect outboard for 2 - 4HP applications. I Love It !

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor customer service

Motor is fine Skeg a little flimsy , Friend damaged unit , when a diagnosed problem a stripped a small screw seat on underwater motor pod, a $30.00 ?, part. when i contacted...Read complete review

Motor is fine Skeg a little flimsy , Friend damaged unit , when a diagnosed problem a stripped a small screw seat on underwater motor pod, a $30.00 ?, part. when i contacted torqeedo I had 2 options buy a new motor for 1,000.00 or take it to a service center where they could replace the part. The motor is not new and iI don't feel like spending 600.00 on shipping and service for a cheep part they they could sell me. Every car dealer sells parts to the public and not just their own repair center :-( sad , now ill have to put her back in water with 3 screws instead of 4 and pray.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So far so good.

By Old Coastie

from South shore PR

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy Storage
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Personal Watercraft

    Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Short Shaft:

    I use this on a dinghy for my sail boat in the Caribbean. I wanted to avoid gas on board. You have to keep it charged. It is good for a number of trips. It is not fast but acceptable. I have a 10 foot west marine ridged floor inflatable. It is light and easy to store. No oil or gas to leak.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Seems like the perfect fit for us...

    By Vince

    from Bay Shore, NY

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boat to Boat
      • Boat to Shore
      • Dinghy/Tender
      • Shore to Boat

      Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Short Shaft:

      I bought this motor to use with the roll-up inflatable that I purchased from West Marine. I needed something to get me from my boat to the beach as I didn't want to bring my boat in water any shallower than 4-5 feet. What I love about this motor is that it can be stored on its side, there is no leakage of liquid, no grease and NO MAINTENANCE. You can charge the battery on your boat, at the marina, at home or even in your car (with a converter). The motor is lighter than most propane and gas motors. We put ours in a duffle bag with wheels. The motor breaks down for easy storage. The only downside I see, which doesn't apply to my use, is that if you run out of battery it takes a pretty long time to recharge the battery. I guess you can always buy a spare battery, but I think that avenue is pretty costly. I'd buy it again. I've used it one, it worked, no issues. I did read all of the instructions, which I recommend because the motor can and will give you error codes and you need the manual to see how to fix it (most of the time its because the connection isn't sitting properly).

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      piece of junk

      By bill

      from cruising east coast

      Pros

        Cons

        • Battery Life Is To Short
        • Engine Junk In 2 Years
        • Flimsy
        • Recharge Takes To Long
        • Unreliable
        • Worst Marine Investment

        Best Uses

          Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Short Shaft:

          engine is less than 2 years old, it is currently not operating at all. I don't
          think it is worth fixing

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Torqeedo Travel

          By captainbill

          from Sausalito

          About Me Advanced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Safe

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Short Shaft:

              My biggest objection is that it is slow to charge even from 12V. Batteries are too expensive and the unit isnt totally quiet.I used a trolling motor with GP27 gel batteries for several years and was sold on the electric concept. the Torqeedo has in my opinion and annoying whine during operation. I didn't get he range that I expected. Going back to a saltwater rated trolling motor. Can buy two for the same price!

              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Clamps Are Defective

              By Sweet Pea

              from Tampa, FL

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Flimsy
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

              • Boating

              Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Short Shaft:

              The T-1003 flew off the transom when going over a wake. The fiberglass on the transom is ripped up, and I know it was torqued hard when mounted on my Gheenoe. The motor is in 15 feet of water, buried in black muck, so it is unrecoverable. I believe the clamps that hold the motor to the transom are defective. If you have one of these, only use in calm, protected harbors.

              (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Perfect Motor for a sleek hull design

              By tim

              from Stafford Pond Tiverton, RI

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy Storage
              • Easy To Use
              • Longer Range Possible
              • Safe
              • Waterproof

              Cons

              • Tiller Does Not Lock In

              Best Uses

              • Boating
              • Canoeing
              • Personal Watercraft

              Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Short Shaft:

              When you are tired or in ruff conditions you can remove battery first: Thus allowing you to move a motor that barely weighs 20 lbs. This also applies if you have small storage areas. Gasoline outboards are having enormous issues with current fuels making these motors, comparably, extremely reliable. My range with an 8' Avon (2 adults and 2 tots) is over 25 miles at 4 knots. Drops to about 16 at 5 knots. A canoe with a motor mount would easily go faster with a range over 30 miles. I was tempted to rate this motor a 5 but believe the new propane motors may prove to be better investment since it is easy to carry extra fuel in those 16 oz. bottles.

              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I love it!

              By Delta flyer

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easily Rechargeable
              • Easy Storage
              • Easy To Use
              • Eco Friendly
              • Light weight
              • No Gasoline Smells
              • Safe
              • Waterproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boating
                • Personal Watercraft
                • Youth

                Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Short Shaft:

                I am using the 1003 to move a Catalina 22 sailboat in and out of the marina. The marine is on lake Dillon in Colorado, a high altitude mountain lake that also serves as a water reservoir for the city of Denver. Therefore it is great that the motor does not pollute the water/air.
                The Catalina 22 is close to the recommended upper limit boat size for this motor but the 1003 moves the boat very well, and the range is quite sufficient for the purpose.
                Although some details still might be improved such as, for example, the cable connections, I strongly recommend this motor for sailors with boats up to 3000 pounds or so, just as already suggested by the manufacturer.

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A good product but not rugged enough

                By Capt Smith

                from Long Island, New York

                About Me Advanced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • expensive
                • Flimsy
                • Not rugged enough

                Best Uses

                • Boating
                • Canoeing

                Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Short Shaft:

                A good product whose time has come but I think it needs further development. It is efficient and quiet. I like not having to carry fuel. the GPS is a great feature. I use it for our Bauer 10 dinghy and it has more than enough power. Range is good if you keep the speed down. However it is not as rugged as a tradional outboard and it does not feel as well balanced. You have to be careful aligning the threads when connecting the plugs and this could be difficult to do on a bad weather day. The tiller has particularly light duty mounting design that I damaged on the first windy day. Fortunatly I was able to reinforce it to be stronger than original.
                The motor and accessories are more expensive than I think they need to be but I suppose there is a price to pay for leading technology. In spite of my comments I do feel satisfied with the purchase and enjoy using the motor. I have recomended it to others but with the above caveats.

                (13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Poor customer service

                By sdboater

                from san diego

                About Me Advanced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Short Shaft:

                    Motor is fine Skeg a little flimsy , Friend damaged unit , when a diagnosed problem a stripped a small screw seat on underwater motor pod, a $30.00 ?, part. when i contacted torqeedo I had 2 options buy a new motor for 1,000.00 or take it to a service center where they could replace the part. The motor is not new and iI don't feel like spending 600.00 on shipping and service for a cheep part they they could sell me. Every car dealer sells parts to the public and not just their own repair center :-( sad , now ill have to put her back in water with 3 screws instead of 4 and pray.

                    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Cool Motor

                    By Roy

                    from Daytona Beach, FL

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Has stress points
                    • Plastic and breakable

                    Best Uses

                    • Dingy

                    Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard, Short Shaft:

                    Expensive, however worth thew money. Nice to be electric and not run out of power.

                    Had some stress points break off plastic but still able to use.

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