By George Otto ~ November 19th, 2013. Filed under: Current Issue.
22′ Solar Pontoon Catamaran, The Loon
boat touts silent, emission-free,
By Christine Carpenter
Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Company unveils their new 22-ft boat that doesn’t guzzle gas or pollute waterways, eradicating any concerns that might accompany boat ownership. Introduced as the Loon, this twin-motor, lithium-powered pontoon boat – the only one of its kind at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, as noted by Montgomery Gisborne, company president – is something to take note of.
“A boat is the most polluting device people own,” Gisborne says. “We just removed that stigma from the experience.” Concerned with the public’s safety and health of U.S. waterways, Gisborne is aiming to create a vessel that will eliminate the financial and economic concerns associated with marine activities. “Our boat displaces a polluting vessel. It is a beautiful balance between function and form,” Gisborne says, referring to the need for clean boating, as well as safe boating. The Loon emits no harmful emissions or noise, achieving quite an innovative feat in the industry. “Many people are amazed by this watercraft and always ask me what it costs,” says Gisborne, “But I start off by telling them what it doesn’t cost: $5.00 per gallon and a stiff tune-up bill.” Budget-friendly and ecologically safe; I’m interested, but let’s keep investigating.
The Loon is comprised of fiberglass, aluminum and stainless steel, resembling a mix between a catamaran and a pontoon “party barge” as Gisborne puts it. Seating up to 10 people comfortably and cruising at speeds of 6 knots, the Loon is a family-friendly vessel that is expected to flourish in the southern boating realm. Gisborne says it is no coincidence his company chose Fort Lauderdale, dubbed “the Yachting Capital of the World” to showcase the Loon. He said, “The Loon will compete well against the pontoons which have proliferated Florida’s waterways in the past couple of decades.”
Pontoon boat’s popularity reaches well beyond Florida’s boundary to the north and west, providing The Loon – and other boats produced by Gisborne – a very promising future.
The company also produces a 30-passenger electric vessel suited for use as a water taxi, tour boat and floating classroom. The first example was sold in Canada.
Power: Twin motor & 48-volt battery
Cruise Speed: 6/9 knots (7/9 mph)