"Designed-for-Electric" Boat ends industry's 26-year lack of innovation
AquaNaut Folding Catamaran cruises at 3.5 knots with 4 adults using only 300w of power
The launch of the AquaNaut 270, an 8'-10" model, could hardly come at a better time. The small boat market has seen a flood of new electric engines, but with limited uptake due to range & performance issues of the planing hull design prevalent in the small boat market today. AquaNaut overcomes the inefficiencies & higher horsepower requirements of the planing hull design with a twin V-hull design that slices through the water as if skating on ice.
Roland Heersink, Founder of AquaNaut Boats, and an engineer by training says:
"As a cruising sailor, I've used an electric outboard for years, but always struggled with range and performance issues. Following trials with various folding & inflatable boats, it became apparent there was no boat suitable for practical use with an electric outboard. That was 5 years ago, and today, I'm pleased to help boaters around the world enjoy the outdoors without the noise, smell & reliability issues of gasoline-powered outboards."
Introduction of the AquaNaut 270 also ends a 26-year dearth of innovation in the folding boat market, in which the only US patent granted was for a folding transom in 2009, fifteen years after the last new folding boat design in 1994. Heersink's patents & market introduction now change that and open the market for practical electric-powered boating, giving AquaNaut boaters a range of more than 10 miles on a standard car battery.
The AquaNaut 270 is an 8-foot twin hull boat, folding down to just 3 inches for roofrack transport on any car, with the heaviest component weighing just 36 pounds. Assembly can be completed within 8 minutes, and is suitable for any individual, aged 10+. Lightweight design allows for easy storage on bicycle hooks in any garage, or transport by elevator into any storage closet with an 8-foot ceiling. For further design & sales information see the company's website: https://www.AquaNautBoats.com.
AquaNaut will launch its 270 model via crowdfunding site KickStarter.com on October 13th - see https://www.kickstarter.com/