Boaters will soon be cruising lakes near you in a battery and solar powered, compact pontoon. Boka Marine, a division of American Recreational Products (ARP) is launching its new four person pontoon product line with a direct to consumer business model.
Boka e-boats utilize the same fiberglass frame technology of its cousin, Paddle Wheeler. However, instead of pedal power, Boka e-boats are powered by a Torqeedo Ultralight motor. The Ultralight 1103 motor is a rechargeable battery powered, 3 horse power motor that weighs less than 20 pounds. Each fully charged battery can provide up to four hours of on-the-water enjoyment and reach speeds of up to six miles per hour. For interruption free boating, additional batteries are easily swapped out on the fly. Boka e-boats can also be customized with a solar powered electronics package that includes blue tooth speakers, navigation lights and LED interior and exterior accent lights. Additional options such as a built in cooler, canopy, table, storage cover make purchasing a Boka e-boat a truly customizable marine experience to fit any family.
Boka e-boats can accommodate up to four people and nearly 700 pounds. The boats are also easily transportable. Tipping the scales at right around 500 pounds, a customized trailer is available to easily move your Boka from point A to point B. New orders are delivered directly to the consumer, utilizing an almost white glove service.
In June of 2022, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the plans to build the ARP manufacturing facility in Fenton, creating up to 59 new jobs. “Today’s investments by American Recreational Products…. will create a combined 68 good-paying jobs for Michiganders as we continue growing Michigan’s economy and investing in every region of the state,” said Governor Whitmer.
“National Composites is very excited to expand into the great city of Fenton. The opening of American Recreational Products will be a great new step for our company,” said National Composites Chief Executive Officer Adam Fenton. “It allows us to have a more targeted focus on the production of our proprietary boat lines, Paddle Wheeler and BOKA Marine, as well as open up more 2 capacity and job creation opportunities at our other Michigan facilities.” Until the new Fenton plant is complete, Boka Marine Products will be built in Joplin, Missouri at Able Manufacturing while Paddle Wheeler boats will continue to be built in Owosso at Great Lakes Composites, all divisions of National Composites.
American Recreational Products (ARP) is a division of National Composites. ARP is focused on the development and production of National Composite’s proprietary and recreational watercrafts, Paddle Wheeler and Boka Marine. For more information about American Recreation Products, visit www.bokamarine.com or call 877.362.0008