About Robert Clark


I am Robert Clark.  This website is to take the guesswork out of choosing electric propulsion for your boat, and aid in deciding if you should make the switch.

Destined for the Sea

As a child, I idolized my fathers father. He always had a smile for me. His eyes were kind, peaceful, full of wisdom and understanding; which drew me to him. My mothers father died when I was very young and I have little memory of him. Both men were of the generation where they served in World War II. The grandpa I was exposed too, was an army veteran; the other, a navy veteran.

Although I was groomed for college, at 17 I decided that was something I just didn’t want to do. I entered the Army and served proudly throughout my 20s. I could always feel the sea calling me despite my land locked existence. It took many years to understand why; until my mother mentioned her father had actually been in the Army before he became a sailor. Everything gets clearer as we mature, and I grow older my destiny becomes clearer.

For decades, I have dreamed of retiring and sailing to Australia. As I come closer to this goal I have been tasked with insurmountable amounts of research, learning new skills, and obtaining items: all of which are required for my adventure. I am fascinated that we can now have electric engines strong enough for boats, and I have set up this website to assist others who may want to power their vessel with electric power.

In 2019, I purchased an Islander sailboat. I plan to sail to Australia and meet my grandchildren upon my retirement in 2028.

Knowledge is Power

The information age….what an amazing world we live in. I would feel guilty, if I didn’t at least attempt to record my research. The amount of obtainable information is actually overwhelming. There is a plethora of information from marketers on everything that can be marketed. Sifting through the numerous ads and reviews for anything can be exhausting; often times leaving the average consumer disgusted, and many times disappointed with their purchase.

Facts… not hype

I remember hearing, “When making any purchase over $300, you should wait 3 days after you find the deal you think you should take, before purchasing.” Maybe $300 is a bit low for today but the principle is the same. An electric engine is usually a “big ticket” item that most folks should take their time with. The amount of misleading information and ill intentions have grown right along with our wonderful information age, and the need to be a shrewd shopper is still a reality for most of us. The methods to shop efficiently has changed with the times and can be frustrating and time-consuming. My goal is to provide an honest, easy to follow guide for those of you who are shopping for an electric motor to power your boat.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Robert Clark electricboatengines.com

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