Recently I have started wondering if by adding a small amount of electric power an otherwise mediocre boat for rowing could be made to feel like a thoroughbred?
I ask this because I quite fancy the idea of a small (16'-18') rowing cruiser with a low (minimum sitting headroom) cuddy, more orientated towards sleeping on board than the average beachcruiser. I realise that this will not naturally be a complete joy to row, especially into a headwind but with a modest electric motor could it be made to feel like great boat? Would it give you the extended, effortless glide that makes rowing decent boats such a pleasure?
Could we have the marine equivalent of the electric bikes that are becoming popular (in Europe, at least) where a 250w motor is added to make the rider feel 'bionic' on hills and against headwinds?