Boating is a “So Northwest” activity, but the noise of the engine, the smell of gasoline and the pollution it creates are among the factors forcing inventors in Western Washington to design better engines.
“It's really revolutionary and light weight,” Linda Grez said, about the EP Carry she and her husband Joe created.
Joe said he likes to invent things. He decided to invent an all-electric motor after taking their 3-year-old daughter out for a dingy ride that was filled with exhaust they’d rather she not be breathing.
The Grez’ EP Carry motor weighs 14 pounds and the battery pack, just 6.
Linda quickly demonstrated how it worked: “You just clamp it on the transom and it's adjustable so no matter what size your transom is, it will work.”
Designed for dinghies to take you ship to shore, the EP Carry costs about $1600.
“It has one hour of full throttle run time or 2 hours at half throttle and three or more hours at slow speeds,” said Linda.
If that’s’ not enough power, then Andy Rebele said his PureWatercraft Engine is what you need.
And he said it's good for both salt and fresh water.
Rebele said he and his team designed every part themselves.
The PureWatercraft, battery-powered engine weighs 60% less than gas engines he said and packs 3 times the propulsion of any other system.
After 8 years in the making, their first engine will be delivered to the U.W. Rowing Team in February.
“The University of WA tried our system on their coach’s launch and went out with their varsity men's rowing team and used about half the battery pack to do a whole practice which is about 12 miles long,” said Rebele.
And he said it's quiet enough that the coach and the rowers could hear each other.
The PureWatercraft setup is $14,500. Each additional battery pack is $8500.
Both Rebele and Grez say their inventions are just the beginning.
“In the 1900s the most popular propulsion system besides sail and rowing was electric,” said Joe Grez.
The gasoline motor changed that and now these men say they believe today’s technology is changing it back. They say the wave of the future is in electric motors, each predicating that in 10 to 15 years, most new boats will have electric motors.
“Some people will still use gas for long range," said Rebele.
Both electric engines also boast zero maintenance.
These and other green and traditional products are all on display at the Seattle Boat Show through February 2.