Torqeedo 1003
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Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard Motor

Torqeedo's Travel 503 and 1003 motors are the most robust, efficient electric outboards on the market. The 1003 has more horsepower, higher efficiency battery capacity, and an on-board-computer (including GPS and real-time range calculation). 3 HP output combined with lithium battery technology provides quiet, clean and low-maintenance power.

Compared to today's modern 4-stroke outboards, electric motors are a more economical solution that is also better for the environment. Advantages include no oil changes, record efficiency, and usable on protected waters that ban traditional gasoline outboards.

A true primary propulsion system, the rugged Torqeedo 1003 is the only non-gasoline outboard effective for use with tenders, dinghies, and day-sailors weighing up to 1.5 tons.

 
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Torqeedo Motor & Battery Details

The 1003 features watertight motor components to protect sensitive electronics against moisture intrusion or complete immersion. For safety, the motor automatically shuts off when the magnetic key on the remote throttle is removed. It's a good idea to attach this key to your wrist or life jacket.

In very hot weather, both the 503 and the 1003 may run under reduced power after running over 30 minutes at full throttle. This is a temperature protection mode to prevent battery overheating.

Although both the Travel 503 and the 1003 consume the same amount of energy at the same speed, the 1003 has 60% greater battery capacity for superior range.

In 2011, Torqeedo upgraded both Travel motors to a new lithium manganese system for less weight and better performance. These new LIMA batteries take 15 hours to fully charge from empty to full. To maximize their service life, minimize battery exposure to high temperatures and do not store fully charged for long periods. When not in use, keep out of the sun and store in a cool place. For long term storage, a charge status of about 50% is optimal. By following these guidelines, your Travel motor's battery should last 6 to 10 years.

Battery Charging: The battery may be solar charged while in use. Use the included connector with the PowerFilm or other solar charger with a voltage rating between 24 and 60 V and max current of 4 amps. Using on-board power source to charge requires an inverter to convert voltage to between 100 and 240 V.

Travel 1003 Features & Specifications

  • Record efficiency
  • Same performance as a gas outboard and weighs no more
  • GPS calculation of remaining range
  • Solar-chargeable, even under way
  • Easy to disassemble for transport or storage
  • Information Display
  • Charger Included
  • Choose from Short or Long Shaft Version
  • Integrate 400 Wh. LIMA high-performance battery
  • 2011 Versions: 520 Wh Li-Ion high-performance battery

 

Torqeedo Model Technical Data  Travel 1003 S/L  Travel 1003 S/L 
Input Power (Watts)  1,000  1,000 
Propulsive Power (Watts)  480  480 
Comparable Gas Outboards  3 hp  3 hp 
Comparable Gas Outboards (Thrust)  4 hp  4 hp 
Maximum Overall Efficiency (%)  48  48 
Static Thrust (lbs)  68  68 
Integrated battery  400 Wh LIMA  520 Wh Li-Ion 30% more battery capacity 
Rated Voltage  29.6  29.6 
Final Voltage  33.6  33.6 
Total Weight (lbs)  29.5 (S) / 30.8 (L)  29.5 (S) / 30.1 (L) 
Weight of Motor W/O battery (lbs)  19.6 (S) / 20.9 (L)  19.6 (S) / 20.9 (L) 
Weight of Integrated battery (lbs)  9.9  9.9 
Shaft length (in)  23 (S) / 28 (L)  23 (S) / 28 (L) 
Propeller Dimensions (in)  11.5 x 8.1  11.5 x 8.1 
Propeller Speed (RPM)  1,200  1,200 
Control  Tiller control  Tiller control 
Steering  180 degrees lockable  180 degrees lockable 
Tilting Device  Manual with grounding protection  Manual with grounding protection 
Trim Device  Manual, 4-step  Manual, 4-step 
Stepless Forward/Reverse Drive  Yes  Yes 
Travel 1003 performance:  Speed (Knots)  Range (Nautical Miles)  Run Time (Hours) 
Slow Speed  1.5 - 2.0  15 - 20  10:30 
Half Throttle  2.5 - 3.0  8.5 - 10.5  3:30 
Full Throttle  4.5 - 5.0  2.5 - 2.8  0:35 
BRAND: Torqeedo
Type: Outboard Motors
3.5 16

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Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard Motor
 
3.5

(based on 16 reviews)

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63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (13)
  • Good performance (10)
  • Reliable (9)
  • Weather proof (9)

Cons

  • Poor design (4)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (9)
  • Personal crafts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (10), Casual/ recreational (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

It Starts Every Time!

I bought this motor to replace my 6 HP 4 stroke outboard. The gas motor was totally unreliable and took the fun out of going sailing. My Torqueedo 1003 easily moves my ComPac 19...Read complete review

I bought this motor to replace my 6 HP 4 stroke outboard. The gas motor was totally unreliable and took the fun out of going sailing. My Torqueedo 1003 easily moves my ComPac 19 in and out of its slip. My boat with four people is close to 3000 pounds but this motor does fine. Plenty of reserve power for cruising or motor sailing. Since it is so light, and store it in my cabin when not using my boat. This product has totally improved my boating life. Jamestown Distributors provided fast delivery and good pricing too . . .

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I use this on the intercoastal in Fla. one thing I don't like is the lack of availability of raising and lowering the shaft. If the tide goes out while your out your...Read complete review

I use this on the intercoastal in Fla. one thing I don't like is the lack of availability of raising and lowering the shaft. If the tide goes out while your out your stuck. It's either all the way in the water or all the way out, no in between. Battery takes 15 hours to charge!
It has quiet and has a punch for a while!

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1.0

Short life, poor quality

By Barky Dog

from Southport, ME

About Me Advanced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Lacks Power
    • Noisy
    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard Motor:

      We bought our motor in the fall of 2012, thus the motor is 2-1/2 years old. It has seen very little use; it just wasn't up to pushing our Caribe RIB very far or very fast, so it was used only very occasionally for the first six months, then laid up for storage while our boat was being refit last year, and only brought out again last December. In January it suffered a sudden failure when being used on a full-speed run.

      I have shipped it to a Torqeedo dealer who does service. I heard from the tech yesterday, and he told me that a part is broken and needs replacement. He said that this was a frequent problem in "older Torqeedos" (is mine really an older motor?) and that Torqeedo has changed the design of the lower unit as a result. He offered me two choices for repair: to replace just the broken part, or to replace the whole lower unit with the updated design. The cost for either option was nearly half the cost of a new motor!

      Wow, sticker shock! I am dismayed that a motor which has seen so little use would require a repair that is half the cost of the new motor. I am especially dismayed due to the story he told; in my mind if they had a frequent failure that required a redesign, that sounds like a manufacturer design defect to me, and should be a warranty item.

      It really irks me that I should need to pay more than the used motor is probably worth to repair it. Torqeedo touts itself as this high-tech, high-quality design; I am extremely disappointed in the low reliability.

      This is actually my second repair on this unit; the clear membrane covering the control panel had cracked this year, and water had infiltrated and ruined the on/off switch. I just happened to have a replacement switch in my spare parts aboard the boat, so repaired that one myself.

      Finally be aware that if you are looking for a quiet trolling motor, keep looking. The Torqeedo has a reduction gear that emits a loud whine at most any speed.

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      1.0

      Not robust, not reliable for very long

      By Thom the sailor

      from Benicia, CA

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Light weight

      Cons

      • Noisy
      • Poor Design
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Small Boats

      Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard Motor:

      Motor made gad awful noise at low rpm. About 20% power (not enough to move the boat) the noise abated. Once throttled up, the motor made the gad awful noise again...very shortly thereafter it stopped. Returned throttle to middle then throttled up again (it did work), but again stopped working. Shifted to reverse to keep from hitting traffic in the marina...made gad awful noise again, quit working again and showed error code e45, then did not work again. This was a 3 year old Torqeedo that I bought used. So the manufacture of this product is not robust enough to withstand normal wear and tear and continue to work for 3 years. Nice idea, poorly executed, horribly expensive for what you get.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great at what it does

      By Captain, SV Windfall

      from Williamsburg, VA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Quiet
      • Reliable
      • Weather Resistant

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Personal Crafts

        Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard Motor:

        I have used this on my Precision 18, with adjustable motor mount for 3 years now. Great for kicking me out from my marina into the tidal river I sail on. No issues with tide and current, plenty of power to move my 1500 lb boat easily at near hull speed. I leave the motor locked on its mount, and remove the battery to charge at home. Have also engineered a cable to charge from a deep cycle battery on board. Great customer service from Torqeedo, when I hit gill net and broke tiller as a result. Three issues to be aware of: the tiller length is long for a full transom boat, 1) I had to build spacers to move motor back 5.5 inches so tiller would clear the transom. 2) when raised, the motor wants to pivot so the battery is down, which puts the prop in the water, dragging. I solved this by using a tether on batter handle from stern rail. 3) Tension on shaft--they need to do what gas outboards this size do, namely put a screw-down friction adjustment to stiffen up the steering (current design requires removal from boat, removing parts, adjustment is with plastic fitting--none of which are good!) All that said, I love this motor--quiet, reliable, powerful, and provides all needed info to manage power and range.

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        (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        The Clamps Are Defective

        By Sweet Pea

        from Tampa Bay

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard Motor:

          Had the T-1003 on the transom of my 15'4" Gheenoe. Going over a wake, the T-1003 flew off the transom, and is buried in 15 feet of water under black muck - unrecoverable. The fiberglass on my transom is ripped up. I believe the clamps are defective. The motor was tightened down with quite a bit of torque before use. Extremely disappointed. If you have one of these, find a way to tie it to your boat or you might lose it.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent design

          By Larry

          from Canandaigua, NY

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Performance
          • Innovative Design
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard Motor:

              I use this to bring my J22 back to harbor in the evening after races when the wind has died; it can be quickly mounted so it does not have to weight down the stern. It's also ideal for taking my wife out on days when there is no wind and she has the time off from work...there's nothing like keeping her involved in the boat to promote marital satisfaction and accord! The only thing I worry about is dropping it overboard when mounting; having an attachment point for a safety line would be a definite plus. The lack of readily available service stations may prove a problem, because it won't be simple to ship. Otherwise an elegant, even beautiful design.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              not for day sailor

              By doyle

              from san francisco, ca

              About Me Advanced

              Pros

              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Lacks Power

              Best Uses

              • Small Boats

              Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard Motor:

              this motor lacks the power and battery life to safely power a 20 foot sailboat. if you have to fight any kind of wind with it it drains quickly, and can leave you stranded. beware!!!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              So so awesome- with one reservation...

              By Sola Gratia

              from Anacortes, WA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good Performance
              • Quiet
              • Reliable
              • Weather Resistant

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Personal Crafts
                • Small Boats

                Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard Motor:

                Wow- totally great! I bought this to replace the outboard on my Portland Pudgy dinghy, and to use on our inland lake/pond 14 foot aluminum fishing boat. Just pack it and take it back and forth as needed! Delivers great performance- 4.5 kt comfortably, and really is a gem in the 2-3.5 kt space, where the run time is hours. Have only used it three days now, and didn't get the dreaded E45 error until Day 3. Go figure. That is the ONLY thing that worries me, some of the odd deals that Torqeedo is still figuring out. But the concept is great, the execution is pretty great, and even with some minor issues I put it WAY above my Nissan 3.5hp outboard, which only has 15 hours on it- partially b/c its such a pain to maintain gasoline these days. Yes, the Lehr is out there with propane- but not in a long shaft and its still heavier and noisier. The fact that I can take this apart into 3 pieces and move it about easily is a wonder for my back and such. Really swift. Highly recommended thus far!

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Heavy Full Keel Sailboat

                By Thestis

                from Douglaston, New York

                About Me Advanced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Quiet
                • Reliable
                • Weather Resistant

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Medium Sailboats

                  Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard Motor:

                  My boat is a 23ft Pearson Ensgign displacing 3,000lbs with a modified full keel. With me and my gear on board the boat reaches the 1.5 metric ton limit. I never expected the motor to perform as well as the manufacturer's claims due to it heavy weight and extra wetted surface however the motor far exceeded my expectations: 3 kts speed for 6 nautical miles. Further if I go slower. Very satisfied. Top speed is 4.5 kts for about 30 minutes or 12 nautical miles at 2 kts.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  It Starts Every Time!

                  By Gil

                  from Bensalem, PA

                  About Me Advanced

                  Pros

                  • Good Performance
                  • Quiet
                  • Reliable
                  • Weather Resistant

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard Motor:

                      I bought this motor to replace my 6 HP 4 stroke outboard. The gas motor was totally unreliable and took the fun out of going sailing. My Torqueedo 1003 easily moves my ComPac 19 in and out of its slip. My boat with four people is close to 3000 pounds but this motor does fine. Plenty of reserve power for cruising or motor sailing. Since it is so light, and store it in my cabin when not using my boat. This product has totally improved my boating life. Jamestown Distributors provided fast delivery and good pricing too . . .

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                      • No

                      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Clean, quiet, works great on dinghy

                      By Jay S

                      from Cruising Maine coast

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Good Performance
                      • Quiet
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Small Boats

                        Comments about Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard Motor:

                        I have used this on an AB aluminum RIB 9' dinghy. It is very well made, and has worked flawlessly. It is light enough to be easy to install on the dinghy wihout a hoisting tackle (like our gas motor required).
                        Charging from the boat (36' sail) batteries through the inverter and Toeqeedo charger has worked fine. I do want to try directly charging from the 12VDC system when I can get the proppr cord.
                        The range (~8 mi) on a single charge seems conservative. I have never run it below 85% even on a few trips probably 1-1/2 to 2 miles. But this depends on speed. The range is certainly adequate on a tender for any situation we have here in New England. It might be a little short in Georgetown, Bahamas for multiple trips from town to Stocking Island.
                        It does seem to be about equivalent to a 3hp gas outboard as advertised. It will quickly get our 70lb aluminum RIB with me (200lb) up to a "mushy" not quite plane, but that is not really the way to use it (unless you have to get out of the way of something bearing down on you). It goes very efficiently at a stately 2-3 knots.
                        It is not completely silent when running, there is a slight electrical motor "whine". But, that is not offensive, and of course it is silent in "neutral".
                        No problems, of course, with water-ethanol phase separation in the fuel which plagued us in the past.

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