Canadian boatbuilder plans new line of electric boats

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The Templar C26 incorporates the amenities of a traditional powerboat.

The Templar C26 incorporates the amenities of a traditional powerboat.

Mark and Jennifer Fry were looking for an eco-friendly, year-round day cruiser with the amenities of a traditional powerboat, but they weren’t’ happy with the electric boats they looked at. The couple founded Templar Marine to create an electric boat of their own.

The Templar C26 is the result. The day cruiser has a Torqeedo electric propulsion system that consists of a Cruise 10.0 motor powered by a bank of six lithium-ion batteries. The base six-battery configuration provides up to seven hours of operation at 5 knots. The batteries can be charged using a 15- or 30-amp shore-power connection, with solar-assist available as an option.

A sightseeing company in Canada recently ordered 12 water taxis.

A sightseeing company in Canada recently ordered 12 water taxis.

“At Templar Marine, we’re looking to fulfill the increasing demand from modern boaters for a plug-in, all-electric boating experience with no sacrifice in comfort and enjoyment,” Mark Fry said in a statement. “With the Torqeedo electric package, there’s no noise and no fumes or smells on deck. It’s also virtually maintenance-free, with no fuel costs, giving the lowest costs of ownership. With no fuel tanks or heavy combustion engine, the 5,000-pound boat is trailerable behind the average family’s SUV.”

Fry believes the Templar C26 will be popular with rental fleets because it offers amenities not found on most electric dayboats — in particular, a private head below.

“Your dad’s electric harbor cruiser just got a big upgrade,” said Steve Trkla, president of Torqeedo USA. “It’s good for the industry when a new player comes in and disrupts a segment with fresh ideas and innovation. Advanced battery technology enables bigger, more high-tech vessels to be powered by 100 percent emission-free electric. Templar’s built a luxurious boating experience that customers can feel great about.”

Templar also offers a water taxi version of the C26 that has been certified for up to 12 passengers. Gray Line Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tours in Victoria, British Columbia, recently placed an order for 12 boats.

Templar plans a sedan version of the C26 and a commercial light-cargo vessel. All will be built on the same 26-foot mold.

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