Following extensive trials, the lakeside research unit of AYB, “The Houseboat Centre” Has developed a simple, modular, self-driving solar electric boat. with hand-held radio controlled helm. to be used for recreation (including fishing ) on canals, rivers and lakes at hull speed. (Please respect local speed limits)
To keep boating affordable for most families, “car-top” boats will be offered, so low weight, high strength hull materials have been trialled. Only well established boat builders with a long track record, thousands of users and good reviews were considered.
To eliminate the weight of traditional steering gear and motor controls, electronic controls are being used, as are lithium Ion batteries for similar reasons.
The boat range is constructed of Aluminium a very light material with an excellent strength to weight ratio. It is twice as strong as fibreglass, four times stronger than ABS thermoplastic and up to ten times stronger than plywood. The Aluminium used (H36) is 25% harder than that used in most boats, so the whole boat is thinner and lighter for the same strength and th hull is smoother for optimum prerformance.
Prices start as low as £700 for an e-pack to convert your existing boat with a motor, electronic controls and handheld radio controlled helm. A battery would also be needed.
The full e-pack, including solar panels, controller and self-drive capabilities could be closer to £1500.
Suitable boats under test are 10′, 12′ and 14′ long and range in price from around £1800 to £2900 putting the Top-of-The-Range complete deal at around £3500.
Contact us to register your interest in reserving a place in the queue. The following site indicates our current ideas
First choose a boat, (or decide to use your own up to 5.5 metres).
Then choose your e-pack. Finally your battery or batteries.
Plus maybe some accessories – That’s it!
Superior quality of life afloat.
High tech hand-held radio controls.
Younger members of the family are used to holding the world in one hand in their smartphone.
They will be especially impressed with a boat controlled like a games machine
– Especially when you hand them the controls to take over navigation!
Since the whole hull is made of H36 Aluminium (not only the bottom), e-boat hulls are lighter and thinner while keeping optimum capacity.
High power to weight Lithium Ion batteries.
Lightweight flexible solar panels.
Your E- Marine boat will navigate itself along a route you have previously planned on the screen,
Your e-boat can record where you go today and cruise the same route tomorrow – autonomously.
For efficient cruising or trolling with a set speed, even in bad conditions.
Since time immemorial it has been required that every vessel keep a lookout for vessels and obstacles. The law has not changed, so you will have to keep an eye out, just in case you are heading for a bump. (The same rules are being applied by Tesla for their self-driving cars). A touch on your radio control will immediately supersede Self-Drive.
One click and Self-Drive will monitor your e-boat’s position, making slight movements as needed, keeping it in the same place more effectively than swinging around on an anchor line.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Tranquil waters of a lake or canal can be enjoyed without a noisy smelly polluting fossil-fuel engine.
The delight of close contact with the water at gentle cruising speeds tends to open our consciousness to the beauty of nature around us.
Something a parent can share in the healthy outdoor air, exploring the inland waterways closest to your home.
Water to drink
First Aid kit
Lifejackets (wear them ALWAYS on the water)
One or two paddles
Bilge-pump, scoop,or bucket
Anchor and line