Motors

Published in the June 2008 Issue Published online: Jun 04, 2008
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What do you do if your favorite lake has restrictions and only allows electric motors? No need to fear, there are plenty of great options for you when it comes to electric power. There are a few reasons for restrictions and they are usually based on an environmentally conscious decision or an effort for noise reduction. It is required on plenty of lakes that boats be equipped with an electric motor for these reasons. Here are a few stylish options for boats and electric motors available to help answer this call.


ELCO

Over 100 years of tradition has gone into the construction of each ELCO Electric Launch boat. The Elco 24-foot Classic Fantail Launch is one model that speaks elegance as well as being ecologically friendly. This generously-sized boat can carry up to ten passengers, and is crafted with the warmth and integrity of a fine vintage watercraft. It has mahogany planked decks with white seams and oak cover boards. Mahogany ceiling, oak coaming, sheerstrake and rubrails are more standard construction features.

The hand-laid fiberglass hull with full length keel is another.

Some of the available options are hand-crafted mahogany horseshoe bench seating with custom cushions, a straight aft bench with built-in storage, teak sole, stereo for your listening pleasure, and many luxurious details right down to the mahogany ceiling as well. It is powered by a high efficiency 36-volt, 3hp DC motor and has a solid state electronic controller. It also has continuous forward/reverse throttle. To find out more, log on to

www.elcoelectriclaunch.com or call 518-945-2200.

Torqeedo

As more and more inland waters are designated "green" with bans being placed on all gas and diesel engines, boaters require a clean yet powerful form of propulsion. Torqeedo offers one of the most technologically advanced electric outboards on the market. Its powerful Cruise models are a popular option for those on green lakes, delivering the thrust power of a six horsepower gas outboard from just a 24-volt battery bank. Torqeedo motors are efficient too, creating a superior range from a given battery supply.

Based on its popular Cruise models, Torqeedo recently introduced the new Cruise 2.0 R, designed for console-controlled craft like pontoon boats, fishing boats and runabouts. It connects to standard steering systems and includes a remote throttle control, ten-foot cable set and voltage display.

The Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 R is the emission-free, light and quiet alternative for boats with displacement of up to three tons. As with all Torqeedo outboards, the superior overall efficiency of the Cruise 2.0 R is due to the latest motor technology. It offers superior torque and utilizes highly efficient propellers.

This low-maintenance remote electric outboard is just the latest of Torqeedo's contributions to safe and environmentally responsible boating, without sacrificing power. The company burst onto the scene in 2006 and has since won international accolades and innovation awards. For more information call 847-726-0054 or visit www.torqeedo.com.

Gillgetter/Minn Kota

A A A A great option is the Gillgetter 716 Cruise Deluxe RE, which is a compact pontoon boat equipped with a Minn Kota E-drive electric propulsion system. Even though it is a smaller model, it has all the comforts of a bigger boat including plenty of seating throughout. This boat has 31-inch front bench seats with arm rests and also a rear corner group. A table with flush mounted pedestal is positioned between the front bench seats.

The seating layout includes a 46-inch bench with armrest as well. The helm seat is actually mounted to an adjustable sliding pedestal, which makes for a stable and level platform with plenty of room for movement. It also has a rear-entry ladder, as well as a sturdy fiberglass helm stand.

This model includes a carpeted rear deck with cup holders and lockable storage as well as a permanent rear-entry boarding ladder and rear-entry gate. It's a great boat the whole family can enjoy. Smaller size and lighter weight optimize the reduced power of electric drives so you don't want for power with the 716 Cruise Deluxe RE. To find out more about this model, call 989-681-0037. You can also log on to www.gillgetter.com.

ElectraCraft

Another stylish option is the ElectraCraft 210CS. You'll find all the standards and innovations necessary for your boating fun. At first glance, you may be drawn to the 50/50 canopy on this model. The aft section is set to keep the sun off, while the forward section can be situated for the convenience of sunbathers and fishermen. Its easy access pocket door at starboard is a great feature that also maximizes interior space.

Port you will find an AC/DC refrigerator, locking compartment and trash receptacle as well as a recessed ice bin and three drawers for storage. It also has a serving galley with granite-patterned countertop. Solid, handcrafted wood is another feature of this area.

Below deck the 210 CS is powered by Advance DC Motors. The 48-volt system is comprised of two banks of batteries. The two separate power plants are operated by twin throttles, providing complete control in most situations.

You'll enjoy quiet days on the water with this model as you and your family and friends take advantage of the luxury of this model. For more information, log on to www.electracraft.com, or call 800-221-2083.

 

Duffy

Take the helm of the Duffy 16 Cat and bring along your favorite crew. There's plenty of room, and it has all the amenities you need whether you're headed out to your favorite cove or waterfront spot. It's a quiet ride, but it is also aggressive and easily maneuvered with the power to get you where you want to be.

Standard features include a 12-volt accessory outlet, 50-foot extension cord with twistlock connector, as well as an all-weather Duff-Eze II Cabin Enclosure. In this stylish craft you'll also find plush, wear-resistant marine carpet as well as a single disc CD sound system with four deluxe marine speakers. It also sports a Surrey Top by Sunbrella. Standard features also include a Corian style fiberglass table with four drink holders and teak flagstaffs with U.S. Ensign and Bow Burgee.

It's truly a luxurious ride powered by a 48-volt POWER PLUS Advanced DC Motor with an automatic SmartCharge battery charging system and can offer many hours of quiet and eco-friendly fun. For more information on the 16 Cat, call 949-645-6811 or visit www.duffyboats.com.

 

Motors

What if you are just looking for a solution to retro-fit your boat with a great electric motor? Here are a couple of solutions for this as well.

 

Ray Electric

If you log on to Ray Electric Outboards, Inc. on the Internet, you'll not only find information about its product, but also about electric boating in general and why it's a great option. It has many different models of electric outboards to choose from, most likely one to suit your needs.

Ray has been building motors since 1974 and offers models which can power pontoons, tour boats, fishing, launch and rental boats. These motors are easy to retro-fit and deliver a non-polluting and quiet solution for your outing. They are also easy to install and economical, likely to cost about a dollar to charge overnight. You don't have to worry about winterization either, other than keeping the batteries charged. These electric motors are also air cooled, no need for a water pump. Just plug them in, charge them up and go.

To find out more about Ray motors, log on to www.rayeo.com, or call 239-574-1948.

Mars

Mars Electric, LLC has several different options for environmentally friendly electric outboards. It has been in the motor business since 1997 and offers a nice variety of outboards for your boating needs.

Available models include everything from an F4ETS to the F4ERL. Key features of these models are that they are designed for 48 VDC battery systems, 4.8 Kw input maximum; have electronic forward and reverse, which means no reversing contacts to wear out.The remote version comes with remote throttle kit and remote steering brackets for even easier use.

Many Mars models are designed for the 15-inch transom, but you can check for a 20-inch version as well. They are also a light 65 pounds. These motors are also designed for freshwater or saltwater use. Mars outboards also come with a two-year limited warranty.

For more information on Mars products, visit www.marselectricllc.com or call 262-644-7525 to discuss your electric motors needs.

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