Q Yachts Club 24: new electric boat for yacht clubs, rentals
Q Yachts, one of the pioneers of electric boating, has just delivered the first Club Boat 24, an electric cruiser designed specifically for the growing number of boat sharing clubs and charter services. It was delivered to the international boat-sharing service Skipperi for their subscribers in Helsinki and Stockholm.
Q Yachts was founded in Helsinki in 2016 by Janne Kjellman, who is also the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit behind Oceanvolt electric motors, recognized as leaders in regenerative technologies, in particular their ServoProp saildrive.
An avid sailor, Kjellman launched Oceanvolt nearly two decades ago, in 2004, to develop a quiet and durable propulsion system for boats. The original and still main market for their products is that of sailboats. Q Yachts was designed with the vision of bringing to market an electric motor boat that offers the same experience of speed and silence as on a performance sailboat.
Q Yachts founded in 2016
Q Yachts’ flagship model is the Q30, an 8-passenger electric boat introduced in 2018 and known for its clean, minimalist aesthetic and spacious cabin below deck.
The Club Boat 24 extends this design philosophy and translates it for the growing market of people who like to spend a day on the water with friends but aren’t interested in the hassle of mooring fees, insurance, maintenance and other necessary inconveniences of owning a boat.
The electric silence of the Club Boat 24 is perfect for this audience. The 7.2 meter cruiser can accommodate up to 6 passengers to dine, have a drink and chat on board without shouting above the noise of a fossil fuel engine. Besides being able to enjoy the sounds of nature, they can also enjoy fresh air uncontaminated with harmful exhaust fumes.
With a cruising speed of 6 knots, the Club Boat 24 has a range of 78 nautical miles and can be charged at standard charging stations. The whole Club Boat 24 experience brings the user-friendly benefits of boat sharing/rental to a whole new level, especially with growing concerns about climate change. (Not to mention the rising fuel prices!)
Skipperi is also based in Finland and now has a fleet of over 340 boats in Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Bronby (Denmark), Auckland and Toronto. Their goal is to “make boating easier so you can focus on the best parts.”
Johan Uunila, CEO of Q Yachts, says “The Club collection creates great potential for Q Yachts in a growing international market. Cutting-edge technology and investment in design strengthen our competitive edge and provide us with a great opportunity to become the electric boat brand of choice for innovative services that make boating more accessible and sustainable.