Sunsail is proud to announce that electric outboard engines will now be available for Premier Plus monohulls in the Mediterranean! This is an excellent step towards a more sustainable holiday experience. The ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 Plus Electric Outboards offer 1kW of power, which is equivalent to 3HP, meaning with one charge you can travel at a speed of three or four knots or cover 22 miles at 4.5 mph. It starts at the touch of a button and is easy to manoeuvre while being maintenance-free. The outboard is set to deliver more than double the number of charters vs its gas-powered alternative, plus the battery can be replaced on the unit as required and is fully recyclable.
Weighing under 20kg in total, the low weight of the outboard allows for easy removal and charging of the battery via its 12V charger, often only needing a recharge once during a week charter. As anyone who has cruised the incredible waters of the Mediterranean knows, you have to remove the outboard engine to host the dinghy onto your yacht while moving the boat. The light weight of this outboard engine makes it not only environmentally friendly but also more practical for Med charterers and guests. The battery even floats, so customers don’t need to worry if it drops in the water. The electric outboard is also virtually silent, reducing the disturbance to marine life.
Laura Bowtell, Global Sales Operations and Sustainability Manager for Sunsail, adds, “At Sunsail, we are prioritising sustainability to ensure our customers can experience authentic sailing vacations in the most responsible way. We are delighted to be upgrading our outboard motors on our Premier Plus monohulls in our top Med bases. ‘Our OCEAN Promise’ identifies our five core pillars of focus for sustainability, with our yachts and future development being the first element. We recognise we are at the beginning of our journey, and this is a small step in the right direction. We are making positive changes to protect the natural world, people, and culture of our various charter destinations and are striving to help our customers travel the right way.”
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