If you were lucky, you caught sight of Nautique President Greg Meloon at the Seattle Boat Show this past January showing off his new toy—an electric version of the popular Nautique 210 towboat!
“This boat is a prototype of the technology we’ve been working on for several years to make electric boats possible at a high-performance perspective for creating wakeboard and wake surfing wakes, as well as for skiing” says Meloon. “We’re excited about the future.”
This will come as great news for wake surfers, wakeboarders, and skiers who can now play in clean air as the electric version delivers absolutely no exhaust fumes. Additionally, the new electric Nautique will create less disruptive wake patterns and it’s silent, to boot! It will be much easier for those being towed to communicate with the boat crew.
“But what about its torque?” U.S. towboat manufacturer Nautique assures their fans that the electric motor provides the vessel with “unmatched torque,” allowing it to quickly pull riders up and out of the water. The power is provided by an Ingenity drive system and Nautique’s parent company, Correct Craft, acquired the Ingenity technology from Austria-based Ortner Electric in 2018. The Ingenity P220 has been offered in the company’s Super Air Nautique 210 and GS20 models sold in Austria ever since.
The electric Nautique 210 is only second prototype electric towboat that the company has shown in public. The first time was the introduction of the Ski Nautique E at the Miami Boat Show in 2011. Well, there you have it. The makings of a perfect new electric boat. First production models will be available later this year through Union Marine.