RS Electric and Cheetah Marine team up to build electric boats

TWO boat builders are joining forces to develop electric boats for professional and leisure use.

RS Electric Boats, based in Hamble Point, and Cheetah Marine, of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, announce they will start with a new generation of electric work boats.

The workboats will be launched in the spring of 2023, with the first of them due to be presented at the main Boot Dusseldorf boat show.

The collaboration will officially launch next month and the two companies will be exhibiting side-by-side at Seawork in Southampton from June 21-23.

RS says future boats produced by Cheetah will have the option to retrofit to electric propulsion.

The first steps of the partnership are to take Cheetah Marine’s catamaran designs and find synergies with RS Electric Boats’ specific electric boat design.

The companies aim to produce electric workboat catamarans suitable for a wide range of applications.

They say they will benefit from shared administration, marketing and manufacturing, and that Cheetah will benefit from RS’s mass production and logistics capabilities.

Jon Partridge, Managing Director of the RS Marine Group of Companies, said: “Cheetah Marine is highly respected. Founder Sean Strevens has been developing his designs for 30 years, creating catamarans to handle rough seas and the beach with ease. surfing safety.

“He has clients ranging from expedition skippers to patrol staff with hydrographers and more. His innovative design was the origin for him to conquer the surf during commercial fishing. It’s a proven concept and he’s sold over 600.”

Cheetah Marine Founder, Sean Strevens, said: “RS Sailing’s knowledge of lightweight materials and RS Electric Boats’ experience in designing specific electric boats is invaluable.

“They are two companies that innovate and deliver. Their experiences – working to solve the challenges facing their customers and the environment – ​​mirror ours, which is why we bring them together to mold commercial electric catamarans.”

Cheetah Marine is currently developing zero-emission catamarans at its factory in Portugal, using the experience gained from building a Cheetah powered by a hydrogen internal combustion engine (HICE) in 2015.

Mr Patridge said: “We already have the biggest infrastructure on the planet. Every pontoon is loaded.

“Add that with adventure boats for the whole family because there’s room on a catamaran to carry all the toys – for example, while one parent is fishing, the other can paddleboard and the kids can kayaking – and you have a stable, attractive and environmentally friendly wetsuit.”

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