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Electric Boats Debut at Yachts Miami Beach

Published By: Jonathan Lee

It turns out that water and electricity do mix.

For the first time, electric boats from around the world will be on display at the 29th annual Yachts Miami Beach, from February 16 to 20 along Collins Avenue in the heart of Miami Beach. The show will feature an Electric Boat Pavilion to showcase the marine industry's advances in environmentally friendly motorboats.
 
“It's always our goal to be on the forefront of promoting what's most current and relevant to boaters," said Brett Keating, Vice President of consumer marketing for Show Management, the organization that produces the boat show. “We look forward to expanding our Electric Boat Pavilion in the future as more companies develop electric boats for the American marketplace.”
 
Canadian Electric Boats
The 100-percent electric Bruce 22 has a classic design reminiscent of the antique and classic launches of yesteryear. Speed, economy, quality, style, range and minimal maintenance all come together on both of the company’s five- and eight-passenger models. With an electric propulsion system supplied by UQM, the Bruce 22 has a Panasonic battery bank and a closed circuit, water-cooled, permanent magnet motor with digital controllers. With a maximum speed of 41 miles per hour and a runtime of up to eight-hours on a single charge, boaters can enjoy a full day on the water for approximately 50 cents a charge.
 
The company's electric-powered Fantail 217 is silent, non-polluting, low maintenance, easy to handle, inexpensive to operate, and can accommodate up to 10 guests. The Fantail 217 features a canopy roof that not only protects from the sun and rain, but can also be easily lowered to serve as a tonneau cover when the boat is stored or towed. Ample storage space is available under decks and seat benches. A recharge with a 110-volt outlet is all that is needed to enjoy up to 10 hours of safe boating.

Rand Boats
Denmark-based Rand Boats' sustainably produced and hand-craftedRand Picnic Sport is a low-maintenance, easy-to-steer motorboat featuring an electric engine and a solar power option. The boat is outfitted for on-the-water leisure with seating for up to 10 people, plenty of storage space, an easily accessible bathing platform and a built-in adjustable table that can be lowered to serve as a relaxing sundeck.
 
Foldable RIB
Designed in England, the F-RIB is a foldable rigid inflatable boat (RIB) that relies on electric power for propulsion. The F-RIBs are said to be easily assembled and inflate in less than five minutes. They’re also compact for more convenient storage.
 
Greenline Hybrid Yachts
Slovenia's Greenline Hybrid Yachts feature a ‘super’ displacement hull, designed to help the yachts to use less fuel, generate lower CO2 emissions and produce less wake. Its hybrid (diesel/electric) propulsion system can collect, store and use electrical energy from the sun, from the shore pick-up or from the main engine-driven generator. Several Greenline vessels will be on display at Yachts Miami Beach.
 
Torqeedo Electric Motors
Torqeedo Electric Motors' advanced electric propulsion systems come from the Starnberg region of Germany. Torqeedo drives include outboards from one to 80hp, inboards from 40 to 80hp, pod drives from five to 20hp, a saildrive with 40hp, and hybrid drives for yachts up to 160hp.

Yachts Miami Beach is managed, produced and co-owned by Show Management, and is co-owned and sponsored by the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA).