Frequently asked questions about electric tender boats
Electric boats are still relatively new to many people. Here you can read the most frequently asked questions about electric tender boats:
How fast can an electric boat go?
The top speed of most electric boats is 12 to 14 km/h, because you don't buy an electric boat for its speed. This is comparable with regular inboard motors.
We can offer you a package with the Proton 28 which allows you to sail fast, but this is an exception and has a higher price.
What is the maximum range (action radius) of an electrically powered tender boat?
How long can you sail with an electric tender boat? There are a few important factors which determine the maximum action radius of an electric tender sloop:
- The battery pack
- The engine
- Type of boat
- Your sailing behaviour
The action radius is completely dependent on your sailing behaviour and the hull shape of a sloop. When you use the maximum power, the electric motor consumes a lot of energy. It is best to turn the question around: how long would you like to sail?
We put together an electric sloop based on your wishes. For example, you will need a less powerful battery pack if you sail an average of 3 hours at a time, rather than an 8-hour day trip.
Is a boat licence necessary for an electric sloop?
For an electric sloop the same rules apply as for any other boat. When the boat has a top speed of over 20 km/h and/or is longer than 15 metres, a license is required.
Because of the limited top speed of an electrically powered sloop, in most cases you will not need a license.
Does an electrically powered tender also need maintenance?
Electric motors and combustion engines are fundamentally very different.
Because an electric engine has considerably fewer moving parts, it is less susceptible to wear and tear and requires less maintenance.
An electric motor has no oil filters, petrol lines or air filters, so these parts do not need to be replaced.
However, there are important components around the electric motor that need to be checked regularly. For example, it is important to have the battery pack checked regularly, so that you are assured of properly functioning batteries and your range remains the same throughout the years of use.
If you need more information about electric sailing, please contact us, our specialists will be happy to help you.