The 2021 Ozarks Shootout is the third year in which there’s been an electric category, and it’s also the third straight year Vision Marine Technologies has taken home the leading prize. The company previously operated under the name The Canadian Electric Boat Company until reorganizing in November 2020 as Vision Marine Technologies as part of a $27 Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Nasdaq Exchange. As part of that new arrangement the company also announced plans to developed their own high-powered electric outboard.
Rhode Island startup Flux Marine debuted its new electric outboard line at the Newport International Boat Show in September and came away as the winner of two Newport for New Products Awards: “Best Green Product ” and “Best New Boating Operation, Maintenance or Safety Product.”
From the beginning the company has been no stranger to awards and rewards. The project started in 2017 as thesis work in electric marine propulsion by Ben Sorkin at Princeton University. In 2018 Flux Marine was founded and Sorkin was joined by fellow Princetonian Jonathan Lord and Daylin Frantin of Boston University (BU).
We had a chat with Mitch Lee, Co-Founder and CEO of Arc Boats, who tells us about creating a 350kW electric boat and how it has a lot in common with the work his CTO and and other team members did on the Space X rockets. With their goal of transitioning marine transportation from fossil fuel to electric “as quickly as possible“, they have already been out skiing behind and testing demos of their high speed water sport towboat – a remarkable achievement considering they started the company less than 10 months ago.
Boating Magazine has selected Ingenity’s Super Air Nautique GS22E as one of five finalists for 2021 Boat of the Year. Powered by Ingenity’s electric propulsion and a 124 kWh battery, the Super Air Nautique GS22E features the highest energy density of any recreational electric-drive boat on the market. This boat boasts up to three hours of typical watersports use per charge. At idle, it is nearly silent. Nature and conversations are all that is heard. At speed, the cockpit is drastically quieter than an internal-combustion boat except for the water breaking against the hull.
Correct Craft was recently recognized as an OUC/City of Orlando 2030 Solar Pledge Founding Partner along with leadership from Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) and the cities of Orlando and Saint Cloud, Florida. The Solar Pledge is a commitment from influential businesses to lead the path to a renewable energy future. Each year Correct Craft will commit to powering its North Production Facility with more solar energy until it reaches 100% in 2030. This newly acquired facility in Orlando will house the Correct Craft corporate office, Nautique Boat Company, and Watershed Innovation
Chris-Craft, Barletta Boats parent joins Business Ambition for 1.5°C to meet long-term sustainability targets. In order to meet its sustainability target, the Chris-Craft Boats and Barletta Boats parent has joined The Business Ambition for 1.5°C, a campaign led by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in partnership with the UN Global Compact and the We Mean Business coalition.
UK diesel outboard manufacturer prepares to boost production of the CXO300. Cox Marine, the UK diesel outboard manufacturer, has confirmed details of its latest Careers Open Day on 23 October as it seeks to recruit around 15 new employees. The company says it is looking to fill 10 vacancies in production – three positions in logistics, two in quality and a number of other positions in its sales and engineering divisions – due to its consistently growing order book. Backed by a strong base of shareholders and private investors, Cox is responsible for the 300hp CXO300 marine diesel engine which entered production in the summer of 2020. Production is now entering its second shift and is about to ramp up.
After unveiling its new flagship model, the Silent 100 Explorer, at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival in September, Austria’s Silent-Yachts has announced the sale of the first unit with delivery scheduled for 2023. “This new sale, coming after the sale of three of our 80ft models in rapid succession, confirms the market’s interest in the superior comfort of catamarans and solar energy for propulsion needs, as well as all the household appliances on board,” says Silent-Yachts founder and CEO, Michael Köhler.
Navico adds significant electronic and software expertise and will take Brunswick Parts & Accessories revenues over $2bn. The industry’s largest player just got bigger with the completion of its acquisition of Navico, a global leader in marine electronics and sensors. Brunswick’s purchase for $1.05bn of the Navico brands – Lowrance, Simrad, B&G, and C-MAP – significantly adds to the company’s Advanced Systems Group (ASG), which already includes a broad portfolio of parts & accessories in power management, digital control and monitoring, and networked devices.
Swedish tech company Candela says it has taken more than 60 orders for its €290,000 electric boat, the Candela C-8, making the C-8 one of the fastest-selling 28ft boats on the market. The C-8 is Candela’s next-generation electric boat, using a new version of the company’s patented hydrofoil system. C-8 flies above the waves with greater range than any other electric boat, powered by a new, silent pod thruster – the Candela C-POD.