Range Anxiety Attack

Silent Yachts’ solar powered S60

Feb 8, 2024

Everyone is talking electric. At the boat shows, there’s electric outboards big and small, electric cruisers, power catamarans equipped with solar panels, sloops with auxiliary electric engines that act as regenerators and all manner of electric toys like PWCs and wakeboards.

No matter how much I know this is not going to be the case, I keep picturing boats with very long extension cords and colossal batteries. Where is all this actually going to settle.  The correlation between water and land vehicles is obvious – I can see cars and trucks ultimately finding a network of recharging stations along Canada’s highways and biways, but I just cannot picture how this is going to work with boats.  Theoretically, the Rideau or cottage lakes could have a series of recharge stations. But would this get you up the St Lawrence or around Vancouver Island?  Maybe.

I saw a video presented by Evoy, a Norwegian electric propulsion outfit (special note – oil rich Norway is switching 100% to electric vehicles sales in 2025.) that showed windmills powering recharging stations in the reaches of the fjords. Yamaha just acquired Torqeedo, so they must believe this works.

As a boating journalist, I am all in. Let’s go electric. As an individual boater, I might go for a hybrid if there is one that fits purpose. As a pedestrian, every time I almost get run over by a sweet grandmother on an electric scooter, I am reminded that anything is possible.

John Morris, Online Editor

Related Articles


New Boats: Beneteau Oceanis 34.1 – A Sleek, Good -Looking Delight To Sail

By Katherine Stone

There is nothing more that I enjoy than being with friends and messing about in boats. Messing about in brand-new boats on a champagne sailing day on Lake Ontario at the beginning of the summer doesn’t get any better. To have the new owner, Helmuth Strobel and Anchor Yachts dealer Pancho Jimenez aboard made it even more special, as they can also speak to what they truly enjoy about the boat. We keep our own boat in a harbour that has a long waiting list for boats over 35 feet, so this little gem would definitely fit the bill and feels like a much bigger boat. True to the spirit of the 7th generation Oceanis line, the 34.1 is built in Poland and replaces the 35.1. It is 1,000 lbs lighter, 14 cm narrower and has 29% more sail area.

Read More


Destinations

Telegraph Cove—from Resource Community to Tourist Delight

Text and photos by Marianne Scott

Telegraph Cove is a small indent situated on Johnstone Strait in the Salish Sea, 15nm southeast of Port McNeill and near Robson Bight, famous for its orca-rubbing beaches. The village has experienced many iterations with a long history—the harbour once served as a summer camp for the Kwakwaka’wakw who fished and hunted here beginning about 8,000 years ago. Many of their descendants still live in the area.

It’s a hopping place in the summer—winter only caretakers remain on site.

Read More