I first read about ELCO in the book Devil in the White City. The book tells the true story of a serial killer living the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. It simultaneously tells the story of designing and building the fair itself. ELCO was the company hired by Frederick Law Olmstead to bring electric boats to the waterways he designed. He was insistant the boats be electric rather than steam-powered for their clean, quiet nature. I couldnt agree with him more. Well, steam is pretty cool these days, but as much as I love the soothing rumble of a diesel engine (I have loved three diesel engines in my life), I hope go electric on the water from now on.
No surprise then that I surfed over to ELCO’s site to see their current work. These drop in electrics are interesting in their modularity, and appear to do a lot of the hard work for you in setting up your own inboard electric.