As we approach the summer recreation season many of us will be reminded that, yes indeed, boats are awesome. Recreating on a body of water, be it a lake or the ocean, with a motorboat, can be a ton of fun.
The problem with most boats is, though, that they’re not environmentally friendly. Not in the least. The engines from boats aren’t super efficient and leave loads of hydrocarbons in the water, which at large scales, can really have a negative impact on aquatic ecosystems.
Enter The Quadrofoil. According to Gizmag, the Quadrofoil is an all-electric watercraft (with seating for two people) that can run a range of 62 miles, with a top speed of 25 mph, with virtually no negative impact to the environment. The Quadrofoil utilizes a 3.7 kW electric motor to navigate the water seamlessly, with little to no noise, and little to no wake created as it moves because of its minimal displacement of water. The craft weights just about 330 pounds, and has built-in batteries that can be recharged from a power source, or via solar panels.
At a price of just over $19,000, and limited quantities produced to date, it’s hard to imagine many people (at least in the United States) picking up a Quadrofoil. What the craft does, however, is effectively opens our minds to what could be the next stage in personal watercraft design. Whether we acknowledge it as a society or not, the impact our recreational activities have on aquatic ecosystems is not sustainable, so if we are able to create new watercraft that allow the same level of enjoyment (and power) with much less impact to the fishies, we will all be better off.