Graduation Year

2017

Date of Submission

5-2017

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

W.M. Keck Science Department

Second Department

Physics

Reader 1

Scot Gould

Reader 2

James Higdon

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Abstract

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.

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