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Watershed Innovation plans to unveil electric fishing boat at charitable event

Watershed Innovation, which will sponsor the Battle of the Bass Fishing Tournament on May 11, will reveal the quiet aluminum fishing boat with electric propulsion that the University of Central Florida Engineering Senior Design Program students have been developing this school year.

The Battle of the Bass Fishing Tournament is donating all proceeds from the event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, a mentoring program for at-risk kids to help them reach their potential.

Teams will register for the competitive catch and release tournament and enjoy a day of fishing and weighing their catch with food and prizes.

Fourteen graduating senior UCF students from multiple disciplines will reveal their year-long project to develop a quiet aluminum fishing boat with electric propulsion at the tournament. They have applied advanced technologies including computational fluid dynamics and the project has been done in collaboration with engineers from SeaArk Boats, Correct Craft’s aluminum fishing boat company, with electric engine builder Torqeedo and with SeaDek, a maker of nonskid marine products.

This project will also be showcased on April 19, alongside 150 other projects made by graduating seniors at the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science’s Senior Design Showcase on UCF’s main campus.

“We are very proud of the work being accomplished by the Watershed and UCF teams with support from our partners: SeaArk, Torqeedo, and Seadek,” said Watershed president Sean Marrero in a statement. “I can think of no better way to put that work to the test than by entering this year’s Battle of the Bass Fishing Tournament! Even though we can’t be sure how many fish we will catch, giving back is part of our culture. We know we will have a fun day supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

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