Boating can be a grand experience, minus the stinky and loud outboards smaller craft rely on. In cities like Amsterdam, which is dissected by hundreds of canals, all those loud engines can be a bit grating. European electric boat conversion specialist New Electric is now offering two classic-looking designs that ditch the loud outboards for quiet EV drivetrains and smooth sailing.
The Ray Wright Delta features an aluminum hull, a lithium-ion battery pack, and a HPEVS 35X2 AC motor making up to 126 horsepower and 257 ft-lbs of torque. That allows the British-designed classic boat to go quite fast, and the clean-dashboard also features a touchscreen tablet. It’s a gorgeous bit of boat designed to allow you to truly enjoy the water without an obnoxious engine rattling in your ears.
Looking for something a little less speedy but just as sexy? The Nedcraft Silverback is based on a 2007 design that itself was based on a 1920s design. But gone is the diesel engine, an 11-inch DC motor put in its place. Like the Ray Wright Delta, the Silverback features an aluminum hull and a hefty price tag. Each boat will cost in the range of $70,000 to $130,000.
For a boat that could be called the Airstream of the ocean, it’s a small price to pay.