Epoch Boats Introduces Hydrofoil Electric Boat
Epoch Boats, a new boat company focused on climate technology, is launching the first all-electric skiff-style boat that utilizes a patent-pending hydrofoil hull design along with an electric outboard motor for an efficient, high-performance electric boating experience. “With electric drivetrain technology evolving, fuel prices rising and many waterways going electric-only, we think now is the perfect time for boaters to transition to electric boating,” says Diane Seltzer, Epoch co-founder & CMO. “Epoch’s hydrofoil electric boats are ideal for fishing in shallow water, a high-flying fun day on the lake or even as a yacht tender. We’re providing a fun, clean and affordable electric boating experience like no other.” The Epoch Skiff’s hydrofoil system deploys at speed to lift the boat out of the water, reducing hull drag and allowing it to efficiently “fly over the water” at speeds exceeding 30 mph with a 10- to 15-hp equivalent electric motor and 5kWh battery. The hull design extends the speed and efficiency of electric motors by two times, reducing propulsive power requirements by as much as 75% and alleviating range anxiety commonly associated with electric boating. Starting at only $35,000, the Epoch Skiff is available in 14- to 18-foot sizes and eight different hull colors. Epoch’s all-electric boats operate virtually silently with no maintenance, no fuel costs and zero emissions. Learn more at EPOCHBOATS.COM.
Ontario boaters are now required by law to properly clean their boats when moving from one body of water to another — or else face a fine of up to $350. This law was recently passed to help control the spread of aquatic invasive species.
M AY 2022
GREAT LAKES NEWS
Doctors in Canada Can Now Prescribe Parks Canada Passes
A new partnership between Park Prescriptions (PaRx) and Parks Canada will now allow doctors in Canada to prescribe time in a national park, national historic site or national marine conservation area. “We are very lucky in Canada to have a world of beautiful natural spaces at our doorstep to enjoy healthy outdoor activities,” says the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change and minister responsible for Parks Canada. “Medical research now clearly shows the positive health benefits of connecting with nature. This exciting collaboration with PaRx is a breakthrough for how we treat mental and physical health challenges, and couldn’t come at a better time as we continue to grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our daily lives.” Participating prescribers across Canada will have the opportunity to prescribe an Adult Parks Canada Discovery Pass to their patients. Learn more at PARKPRESCRIPTIONS.CA.
Sleipner Partners With Mercury to Add Bow Thrusters on Outboards
Mercury Marine has teamed up with Sleipner to become the first engine manufacturer to integrate an outboard joystick engine control system with proportional speed bow thrusters. Mercury’s Joystick Piloting for Outboards (JPO), when paired with Sleipner’s proportional bow thrusters and proprietary S-Link network, allows users to take full advantage of the intuitive maneuvering system. Previously, the thruster system and the engine joystick system were independent with separate controls; now, Mercury JPO combines these into a single joystick for more intuitive 360-degree control. Ideal for outboard-powered boats from 20-65 feet, the proportional thrusters are designed for operators looking for more control in tight spaces and in windy conditions. With Sleipner proportional thruster systems, boaters are able to use a smaller amount of continuous thrust, rather than a series of short, full-power bursts. Not only is this more intuitive, but it results in a quieter and smoother maneuver. For information, visit IMTR A.COM. BOATS
Maritimo Unveils New S75 Sedan Motor Yacht Renderings Maritimo welcomes the brand-new S75 sedan motor yacht to its growing lineup. This model is designed for cruising adventures, thanks to a more than 2,600-gallon fuel capacity, with some really smart design elements (check out that huge adventure deck) that provide a great connection with the water. The S75 will be the new flagship vessel in Maritimo’s S-Series, joining the S51, S55 and S60 sedan motor yachts, and is launching in late 2022. “The S75 sedan motor yacht draws from a wealth of feedback from our owners all over the world, spanning more than two years of concept development and planning,” says Tom Barry-Cotter, Maritimo design director. “The S75 sees us creating our most progressive S-Series vessel to date, whilst retaining the Maritimo DNA of long-range efficiency, superb ride, the safety of walkaround decks, and superior quality from construction through to furnishings.” Notable features of the S75 include a unique single-level design, a long-range galley with domestic-size appliances, four staterooms and three ensuites, and the aforementioned adventure deck, which offers a wetbar module, fridge and electric grill, with access to the utility cabin. To learn more, visit MARITIMOAMERICAS.COM.
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