Electric Boating



Electric boats are environmentally friendly, almost maintenance free, reliable, cheap to run and easy to operate. With an electric boat you can entertain your family, friends and business associates with a leisurely cruise on the harbour, lake or river.

Eco-friendly


Electric boats do not pollute. The electric engines are truly 'zero emission' and by recharging the boats using renewable 'green' energy from solar or wind power (available from all Australian energy suppliers at a small extra cost) the running of an electric boat is 100% sustainable. Electric boats will not disturb the environment with noise, exhaust fumes or excessive wash. To read more about the environmental impact of petrol-powered marine engines, please click here for a 2007 research by the Department of the Environment and Water Resources.

Quiet


Electric boats give you the opportunity to calmly enjoy the natural surroundings, listen to the water lapping against the hull, birds flying past or just calmly watch the scenery go past without any annoying motor noise. Enjoy a conversation with your fellow passengers without having to raise your voice. Enjoy a piece of music from the radio without having to play it at levels that may annoy others.

Low running costs


Electric boats are extremely cheap to run. With today's soaring fuel prices it can be daunting to fill up your motor boat for a day out on the water. An electric boat can be fully recharged for less than a dollar, realising huge savings on everyday running costs. An easy to read 'fuel gauge' gives you all the necessary information; how much charge there is left in the batteries, and how many hours of boating that means. After a day out, the boat can just be hooked up to the mains (normal household power) to recharge.

Maintenance free


Electric motors have just one moving part. This makes the drive systems (compared to traditional combustion engines which have dozens of moving parts, subject to wear and tear) almost completely maintenance free. This saves a considerable amount of money, since engine maintenance is - after fuel - the main cost for motorized vessels.

Safe


Electric boats are very safe. Because there is no engine noise, the skipper can hear approaching boats and steer clear of danger. Apart from a conventional set-up, electric boats can be steered with their motor (a pod engine) or with a propellor attached to the rudder (Duffy electric boats), which makes them extremely manoeuvrable. Maximum speeds are limited so there is little danger of high speed collisions. All the electric boats in the product range of Eco Boats Australia are extremely stable and have been tested extensively on the water.


Easy to operate


Electric boats are extremely easy to operate; the power can be easily adjusted and switching from forward to reverse occurs without a 'neutral' clutch. Some electric boats can be steered directly with their motor and propeller for unparalleled manoeuvrability and can turn on their own length. They can be docked in the smallest of spaces.

Luxurious


Most boats in our product range, such as the Duffy electric boats, are standard fitted with many luxuries such as wrap around seating, table, esky, courtesy lights, cushions and plush marine carpet. Optional built-in entertainment features include a radio/CD player, refrigerator, microwave, teak dash, and electric heating. All boats come standard with either a bimini cover or a full 'Surrey top' cabin enclosure which keeps you warm and toasty, even in the midst of winter. In the case of commercial operators, this will reduce the usual seasonable character of Hire & Drive operations. In the case of individuals, it will appeal to people who are looking for a small boat that can be used throughout the year and during various weather conditions.


Spacious


Electric boats are very spacious. Because there is no need for bulky combustion engines the interior is roomier than that of traditional boats. The batteries are stowed away under the floorboards or seats, adding to the stability of the vessel.

Performance


Some people think that electric boats are slow and have a limited cruising range. While this might have been the case with earlier generations of electric boats, our electric boats have the same or better performance levels as comparable vessels with a combustion engine. Fully charged you can drive for 8 hours or more at cruising speed (4 knots / ca. 7 kmh) or 4 hours on maximum speed (6 knots / ca. 11 kmh) translating to a cruising range of 30-50 km on a single charge.