Why should we convert to electric? And how?

The revolutionary eGuardian 420 is coming soon being officially launched at Boatlife 2024 at the NEC and then the RYA Dinghy Show 2024 at Farnborough International Exhibition Centre.

Why convert our fleet to electric?

Petrol outboards have been widely used on support boat fleets for many years and we are all used to them!

But just one litre of oil can pollute one million litres of water!

It’s a stark number, isn’t it? To put that into perspective, an Olympic swimming pool contains around 2.5 million litres. Yet while you might think that the majority of oil pollution in the water comes from major spills like the escape from a pipeline at Wytch Farm oil field into Poole Harbour in March 2023, you’d be wrong.

The RYA’s Green Blue initiative estimates that 95% of oil and fuel pollution in the water comes from everyday sources such as refuelling, engine emissions and oil leaks.

These smaller day-to-day spillages, leaks and emissions might not make the headlines, but they’re contributing to polluting the UK’s seas, lakes, reservoirs and rivers and subjecting the wildlife which inhabit them to their poisonous effects every day.

Protecting the water environment that we love to play in was a key driver to the creation of Electric Outboard and, without getting all evangelical about it, we want to help as many of you convert to electric powered motors for your support boats too!

So what are the factors you should consider?

Minimizing your carbon footprint

Unlike their petrol counterparts, electric outboards produce zero emissions. This means no harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides or particulates are released into the atmosphere while the motor is running.

Traditional petrol combustion engines release high levels of these pollutants into the air via their exhaust fumes.

And don’t forget, the batteries that power electric outboard motors can be charged using renewable electricity either from the grid or your own solar panels at your home or club.

Reducing water pollution

Electric powered boats do not need any fuel and very little oil – literally just an occasional scheduled change for the gears – and therefore are far less likely to cause harm to the wildlife living in our lakes, rivers and seas.

If it only takes one litre of oil to pollute one million litres of water, reducing the possibility of any accidental spill or leak of fuel or oil from a support or recreational boat and preventing the havoc it can wreak on wildlife and the precious ecosystems it depends on, has to be a good thing .

A quieter experience for boaters and marine life

The impact of noise pollution cannot be underestimated.

Electric outboards offer a whisper-quiet alternative to traditional petrol engines. Cutting out the racket not only makes for a far more pleasant time on the water, it makes a better training experience both for the instructor and students and far easier for support boat crews to give information to boaters in difficulty.

Noise pollution also impacts our marine wildlife. Cleaner Seas research estimates that about 80% of marine mammal species could be affected while some studies suggest that it can also disrupt the behaviour of fish.

If your primary reason for getting out on your boat is to go fishing, the impact of noise pollution surely has to be a consideration?

If you’re not already convinced, there’s more …

Long-term cost and time savings

There’s no need to waste time and yet more fuel in hunting down your nearest garage offering the cheapest unleaded petrol or diesel, because electric outboard motors don’t need fuel!

Simply disconnect your battery, and plug it in to recharge. With just a little thought and planning, it can be charged on a timer overnight if you have cheap rate overnight electricity for example.

And the motor itself requires next to no maintenance – wash it down after use as you normally would and that’s it, other than changing the minimal amount of gear oil as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Motors are expected to have at least a 10,000 hour useful life so assuming an average of 20 hours per week over the season that is around 15 years.

Powerboat 2 training capable

RYA training requirements now state that the throttle must be easily accessible for trainers so having a starboard offset console with the throttle on the outside means the boat should no longer be used for PB2 training.

Our central jockey seat console has the throttle easily accessible and the throttle can also be placed centrally on our offset console if you wish.

So how can you convert to an electric safety boat?

Our eGuardian 420 electric safety boat combines eco-friendliness, low maintenance and exceptional performance.

eGuardian 420 parked up

  • Manufactured using green Norwegian hydroelectricity, the robust hull is eco-friendly, low maintenance and requires almost no maintenance – simply hose it off
  • We can instead upgrade your current fleet if you are happy with your boats to save you the cost of a new boat and trailer
  • The highly efficient electric motor options leave no nasty oil in the water, don’t emit pungent fumes or drown you out when talking – and with our commitment to providing true equivalents of up to 30hp, our eGuardian ensures you can tackle various conditions
  • It redefines the standards of performance, offering efficient planing even with multi-person operation and carrying the standard safety kit while the incredible low down torque produced by the motors ensures that you can easily tow multiple boats whilst at low revs so consuming little power
  • We offer a range of batteries to suit your requirements, which can be housed either in our modular battery storage, twin jockey seat steering console unit or under our bench seats for the smaller range

More importantly, we’ll help you understand your real-world usage and then collaboratively determine the ideal motor power and scale the batteries accordingly for the amount of time you plan to spend on the water.

We even have the ability for very granular data gathering and tracking using our optional GPS enabled battery monitoring systems that enable remote viewing of live performance data.

At Electric Outboard, we’re not about simply selling units. We want you to get a truly viable solution for your needs, not a ‘near enough’ solution – and if we can’t provide the right solution, we will tell you.

So are you converted?

We’re always here to help guide you towards a greener, more efficient future in water safety.

We understand the need to get hands on with any new boat or motor before making any decisions – that’s why we’re happy to give demos from our base at Lymington in the New Forest or bring our kit to you where we can.

For immediate assistance please call 01590 619315, email [email protected] or use our website chat www.electric-outboard.co.uk.

Or come and find us at Boatlife 2024 at the NEC from 15-18 February or at the RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show in Farnborough on 25 and 26 February and see our eGuardian in the flesh!

eGuardian 420 in action The eGuardian hulls range in size covering 2.9m, 3.5m, 4.2m and the 4.6m – this is the 4.2m with offset console and Mitek 9.9hp motor.

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