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Published on March 30th, 2010 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Make Quiet Waves With an Infinyte Electric Boat

I’m not much of a boater. To be entirely honest, open water with no land in sight kind of scares me. But I’ve managed to make it on a few boats, and the one thing I always noticed, and hated, was the noise from the outboard motor. It can be impossible to have a civilized conversation even at half throttle. The other problem is that these engines suck down gas like it is going out of style.

That is why I like this electric boat from Infinyte. It replaces the big, stinky outboard with two 2 horsepower electric motors, resulting in a quiet and civilized journey.

Infinyte offers three different sizes of electric boats, though the first two are essentially small fishing craft. The largest boat can easily hold a family of five though, and rather than turn the boat with a wheel or the motor, a simple joystick allows maneuvering. The sleek catamaran hull and twin electric engines allow for a cruising speed of up to eight knots. Not exactly the fastest water craft… but not too shabby either. Even better though is that the battery (depending on which you choose) can last up to ten hours. Like I said, not too shabby.

Most outboard motors return under 5 mpg going at a cruising speed of 20 mph. Crappy gas mileage, but much faster than the 8 knots that the Infinyte is capable of. Yet, considering that many outboard engines cost about the price of a used Subaru, plus all the gas required to get anywhere, an electric leisure boat starts to make sense. The only issue… where do you recharge the sucker? Most docks I’ve been to don’t have electric outlets just lying around. No mention on costs of the Infinyte, but it probably wouldn’t take too long to make up those costs in saved fuel.

Source: Treehugger via Infinyte



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A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or esle, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • ChuckL

    Sounds OK for fishing on a small lake, but you sure won’t go water skiing with it. And if you are just going for a ride, I’ll take a sailboat. No hum from the motor and no EMI to screw up the music from the portable radio.

  • ChuckL

    Sounds OK for fishing on a small lake, but you sure won’t go water skiing with it. And if you are just going for a ride, I’ll take a sailboat. No hum from the motor and no EMI to screw up the music from the portable radio.

  • Al Lewis

    This is intersting – quiet, efficient ELECTRIC boats ! But the idea is not new, they are also still sold by the electric boat pioneer ELCO. Electric boats from ELCO http://www.elcoelectriclaunch.com/ were a star attraction at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, ELCO’s web site says “At this first world’s fair in the new world there were fifty-five 36′ [electric] launches, which carried 1,026,340 passengers on 66,975 trips”. It’s great that electric boats are “still making waves” [and news] after 117 years !

  • Al Lewis

    This is intersting – quiet, efficient ELECTRIC boats ! But the idea is not new, they are also still sold by the electric boat pioneer ELCO. Electric boats from ELCO http://www.elcoelectriclaunch.com/ were a star attraction at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, ELCO’s web site says “At this first world’s fair in the new world there were fifty-five 36′ [electric] launches, which carried 1,026,340 passengers on 66,975 trips”. It’s great that electric boats are “still making waves” [and news] after 117 years !

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