Scarab Boats, in conjunction with Torqeedo Motors and Ruckmarine, have launched the Kona 17-foot SportRIB, a zero-emission, all-electric sport boat.
The Kona debuted at the Progressive Insurance San Francisco Boat Show, in late January at Pier 48 in San Francisco, California. The sport boat is powered by Torqeedo's Deep Blue electric outboard 40-hp system. The Kona 17 is available in two- and four-seat models.
“There is a great resurgence of the classic sport boat within the marketplace. Powering this with Torqeedo's propulsion system is a great alignment in both form and function for the modern boater's needs,” said Larry Smith, designer, President of Team Scarab.
The Deep Blue electric outboard system delivers 40 hp with one of Torqeedo's 13 kW high-powered lithium ion batteries, (also available in twin battery configuration for longer ranges). The Kona 17 is said to achieve a top speed of up to 27 mph, and cruises on plane at 15 mph. “Electric's instant torque means instant power, which provides the feel of sports car-type acceleration on the water,” said Chris Carroll, VP of sales for Torqeedo.
For normal recreational usage, the boat is reported to deliver one to two hours of active runtime. At no-wake speeds, the runtime is in excess of 3.5 hours. The Deep Blue's lithium-ion battery pack can be topped off over lunch with the on-board charger and standard 110-220 volt AC, 30-amp shore power. The battery can be fully recharged in just over four hours from 0 percent.
Torqeedo's Deep Blue 40hp motor comes with a nine-year, 80 percent capacity battery guarantee.