Vetus is back in the electric boating market with two new propulsion systems, the E-Pod and the E-Line, both of which can be used for refit as well as newbuilds.

The 7.5-kilowatt, 48-volt E-Pod package is made to fit on the stern of boats up to 25 feet. An enclosed propeller designed by Marin (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands) reduces cavitation while providing the most efficient thrust. The silent motor mounts without a shaft or other drive components, which means no rotating or vibrating, and requires minimum room inside the boat.

The 48-volt E-Line package makes an ideal replacement for inboard diesel engines, dropping easily into small diesel footprints. It is water-cooled, with a battery bank that can be charged with a 24-volt battery charger.

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Brian Hagenbuch is National Fisherman's products editor, a contributing editor to SeafoodSource and a Bristol Bay fisherman. He is based in Seattle.

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