Navgathi Marine is planning to boost the Indian tourism with Sun CRZ series of solar boats. The latest 4 passenger solar boat Sun CRZ 9 was inaugurated by Kerala fisheries & ports minister, Shri. K. Babu during the save power expo 2013 at Le Meridian Hotel Cochin. Navgathi officials told that these boats are going to be the future of Kerala tourism. Later Minister discussed with Mr. Sandith Thandassery CEO, Navgathi Marine, the possibility of converting the conventional fishing boats of Kerala to solar powered. Navgathi has recently introduced Solar fishing boats in Gujarat and signed MOU with Gujarat Govt. for the conversion of 500 fishing boats to solar powered.
Navgathi is also specialized in Solar Ferries of ranges 40 Pax and 75 Pax. With this launch the firm hopes to enter the compact solar boat segment. There are two variants of Sun CRZ 9, Deluxe model and the Premium model at an attractive price. Both of them are made of robust construction using FRP (2 layer CSM 450 mat and 1 layer of WRM 600). Only marine grade resin (isothalic) and kerox colour pigment are used for durability and finish.
The features of the boat include: length (3.6 m), breadth (1.65 m), depth (0.60 m), draft (0.3 m); solar power (500 W), battery bank (1.56 kWh), propulsion motor (600 W), and speed (5 knots.). On a bright sunny day the boat can cruise at 4 knots for the whole day. The boat has been tested for stability as per Inland Rules of Kerala.
Navgathi in joint development with team sustain had introduced India’s first solar boat “Sun Rider” in 2008. Now the firm is planning to introduce the renovated 10 pax model under the brand name Sun CRZ with many interesting modifications as per the industrial feedback.