Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
W.M. Keck Science Department
© 2017 Riley P Hall
Fully-electric powerboats are few and far between and have yet to capture any significant market share away from traditional gasoline powered boats. However, with advances over the last 5-10 years in battery technology, an electric boat is not just a possibility, but an attractive one. By combining Tesla’s innovative battery and motor technology with thorough analysis of every component of a boat’s design—hull form, interior and exterior aesthetics, performance, comfort, efficiency, materials, and function—a fully-electric, high-performance motor boat is clearly realistic. Depending on a variety of variables, this hydrofoiling catamaran with quad-motors and batteries can overcome hydrodynamic and aerodynamic resistance to reach max speeds over 50mph and a potential range of 200-300 miles all while maintaining a high, but luxuriously comparable cost of $100,000-$400,000.
Hall, Riley P., "The Future of Marine Travel: The Fully-Electric, High-Performance Motor Boat" (2017). CMC Senior Theses. 1542.
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