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Old 01-09-2022, 11:02 AM   #1
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Pure Watercraft is selling electric outboards currently up to 50 HP. They are also combining their electric motors with pontoon boats, RIB's, and bass boats.

They are Bluetooth enabled for control. I'm looking forward to seeing the first person docking their boat using their cellphone.

A 50 HP is $16,500 so you would need to save a lot of gas before the numbers worked. That is about twice what a 50 HP gas outboard would cost.

The good news may be no winterizing and no worries about the cold. You could put on your snorkel parka and mittens and extend your boating season!

GM has invested $150 million in the company so it might have a strong future.

Also, GM formed a strategic partnership with MP Materials Corp to develop a supply chain for rare earth magnets for use in the company’s EVs. GM is making big commitments to an electric future.


https://www.purewatercraft.com/
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Old 01-09-2022, 11:20 AM   #2
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https://westernmass.craigslist.org/b...423050930.html ...... being in Granby, Mass is likely to be all fresh water use and not salt water ..... $2400 is not an el cheapo and usually you get what you pay for ..... outboards last for many years and years when maintained good with fresh water use. $2400 is $6000-less than a new $8250 50-hp outboard and can work just as well or maybe even better, all tings considuhed.
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Yes but consider the statement of virtue you could make at the sandbar.
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Old 01-09-2022, 11:54 AM   #4
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Very interesting, I think we'll begin to see products like this in use. I don't think a pontoon is a realistic platform though. To me this is more suited for RIB's, small tenders, coaching boats as mentioned on the web site, maybe 14-16' fun boats like small Whalers.

In their FAQ's they say, when talking about range:

"In general, 1 battery pack equals ~ 2 gallons of gas range (or more at low speed)." They also say "Pontoon boating: an 18′ pontoon boat could cruise at 4 mph for 4 hours, with a few bursts at 18 MPH, with one battery pack."

So even if you had 3 battery packs, it's only like having 6 gallons of gas. And on a pontoon not everyone wants to putt at 4 mph, avoiding higher speeds because of range. So not ready for that application yet IMO.
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They are Bluetooth enabled for control. I'm looking forward to seeing the first person docking their boat using their cellphone...
The advent of all-electric/all electronic boating? Picture it, at the Meredith docks on a July Saturday:
"Alexa, dock the boat."
Followed by two boats/two copies of "Alexa with Attitude" arguing via their speakers as to which should have yielded to the other. Ah, the entertainment value. [OK, it's a slow morning]
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To make it more realistic, captain Alexa will need a significant beer gut...
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Very interesting, I think we'll begin to see products like this in use. I don't think a pontoon is a realistic platform though. To me this is more suited for RIB's, small tenders, coaching boats as mentioned on the web site, maybe 14-16' fun boats like small Whalers.

In their FAQ's they say, when talking about range:

"In general, 1 battery pack equals ~ 2 gallons of gas range (or more at low speed)." They also say "Pontoon boating: an 18′ pontoon boat could cruise at 4 mph for 4 hours, with a few bursts at 18 MPH, with one battery pack."

So even if you had 3 battery packs, it's only like having 6 gallons of gas. And on a pontoon not everyone wants to putt at 4 mph, avoiding higher speeds because of range. So not ready for that application yet IMO.
4 MPH isn't even no wake speed!

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Where do these get charged? I wonder what the cost would be to do so, given NHEC ‘s horrendous electric rates.
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Mixing fresh water and electricity is a recipe for swimmer electrocution ..... http://www.americanboating.org/safet...k_drowning.asp .... caused by voltage leaks from power lines installed on a dock. .... .... yikes!

There will be a 50-question quiz on this link with a score of 90% needed to register your NH-boat that has a rechargeable electric motor.
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Mixing fresh water and electricity is a recipe for swimmer electrocution ..... http://www.americanboating.org/safet...k_drowning.asp .... caused by voltage leaks from power lines installed on a dock. .... .... yikes!

There will be a 50-question quiz on this link with a score of 90% needed to register your NH-boat that has a rechargeable electric motor.
Really? Every marina on the lake has had dockside power for many years. You can start with the 284 slips at Mountain View and keep going.

Numerous slips all around the lake have power and also many have boat lifts that are powered.

How many electrocutions have you heard of?
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They will likely be charged before hitting the water, as no one is going to want to use up commercial dock time waiting for the batteries to charge.

They will also be more used in lakes/ponds that have banned gasoline motors.
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The Pure Watercraft pontoons at $45-65K, to be shipped in 2022(?) look competitive, with pluses and minuses compared to gas. I could see buying one for the silence and convenience. Definitely need your own dock and 220V electricity.

On the cost--at least for my car, electric power ay NHEC rates is way cheaper than gas, and maintenance and winterization costs on an electric motor are zero, so the operating expense is a big plus for electric.
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