Eyachts Sees Huge Growth in Electric Boat Market Continuing Long into the Future

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Electric boats are hot on the lips of many in the marine industry and superyachts are currently becoming electrified before our eyes. However, the limitations of their enormous size threaten to hold them back. Eyachts’ electric boats are the start of something big, gliding smoothly and silently over the water while being kinder to the environment. Vessels by the brands they distribute may just be the future the planet desperately needs.

Eyachts is the biggest distributor of electric and hybrid boats in Australia, and distribute the renowned Greenline range of vessels. The Slovenian firm produced the world’s first-ever hybrid boat in 2008 and continues to produce industry-leading products. Greenline launched its fifth-generation hybrid range in 2020 and is the most popular brand of hybrid boats in the world.

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The Greenline 48 uses up to four times less fossil fuels than a planning power boat in similar conditions | Source: Eyachts

Director of Eyachts, Peter Hrones, spoke with Iolande Skinner From The Deck at the Sydney International Boat Show about the future of the electric boat industry. He explained the current limitations and benefits of new technology and sees the electric boat market as being strongly associated with the electric automotive industry.

The main limitation for the development of the electric boat industry in Australia is the lack of charging points accessible by boat, but Hrones is optimistic about future charging stations coming to Australia.

There is technology coming from a couple of companies who are going to power up these marinas. Some companies you only need your normal 240 volt, or 15 amp, but now with some of the bigger battery systems, they’ll need more than that. So, that’s yet to come, and similar to cars, whether the government is going to help, I don’t know. But that would help the electric boat industry, definitely.

Eyachts Director, Peter Hrones

Advice for those wishing to purchase a new electric boat includes inspecting the specifications of the vessel and looking for vessels that take advantage of more efficient hull designs and also make use of more lightweight materials.

Peter explained the benefits of multi-hulled yachts and particularly catamarans in reducing power usage and increasing range. He says that with electric boat technology at the point that it is now, offshore use is still a while away.

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Electric boats are gaining popularity in Australia | Source: Eyachts

The future is bright for electric boats and the winds of change are upon us. One of the largest outboard marine engine producers in the world, Mercury Marine has announced it will be releasing an electric outboard engine. Almost every other propulsion system manufacturer is doing the same or, at the very least, developing a hybrid system.

Hrones says the proliferation of dayboats has been especially concentrated in the last few years, as customers are still very time-poor and unable to go on long charters. Instead, owners are taking their boats out for one day on the weekend or after work.

Sales in recent times have reflected the experience of Australians going back overseas, particularly to Europe, and seeing something they like such as a Lagoon Catamaran or Sirena yacht. Upon return to Australia, Peter says they come to Eyachts and purchase the vessel they had seen while overseas, impressed by the build quality and the benefits of using an electric or hybrid yacht.

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Greenline 33 is an eco-friendly liveaboard experience with electric and hybrid options | Source: Eyachts

Future problems for the electric and hybrid boat industry include longer wait times for new products and issues with supply lines making it difficult to get parts and components. But after a stellar few years, Hrones’ prediction is that the electric boat market will not slow down. In fact, one of the brands Eyachts distributes, Axopar, has seen sales climb 50 per cent in the last five years. Rising fuel prices will also increase demand for electric boats, according to Hrones.

Superyachts are joining the charge towards an emissions-free future by taking advantage of electric propulsion and hybrid power systems. From The Deck’s Iolande Skinner spoke with Echo Yachts, they produce diesel-electric vessels that require 40 per cent less engine power compared to similarly sized steel monohull superyachts. 

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