The emergence of interesting projects and manufacturers of electric motors, efficient energy solutions, improved battery technologies, conversion kits, eco-friendly powerboats, catamarans or sailboats, is increasingly pushing towards acceptance of the electric transition of worldwide waterways.
Recent advances in the electrification of the maritime industry provide an opportunity to solve the problem of a large fleet of old sailboats powered by diesel or gasoline engines that can be modernized on a budget and also unload the marinas of many abandoned boats, giving enthusiasts a chance to use these boats for their off-grid sailing projects.
The market provides excellent, efficient solutions from companies like Oceanvolt, ElcoMotorYachts, Torqueedo, Electroprop offering both turnkey solutions and individual components, but the price range is often out of budget for many living on a boat and aspiring for a certain amount of freedom.
Therefore, one of the main operational tasks is to develop an optimal conversion scheme depending on the specifications of your boat. Consequently, this should include a sufficiently powerful and efficient electric drive motor system to provide propulsion and hydro generation; power generation based on a light and fast integrated solar system; charging; a modular and expandable battery energy storage system (BESS); the maximum possible use of new lightweight, durable, and sustainable composite materials; and ubiquitous integration of smart energy appliances.