Myth vs. Reality: The Truth About Electric Boating

The use of electric technologies within the electric boating sector isn’t new. For some years now, the industry has been undergoing a revolution with the rise of electric propulsion systems. While the technology promises a greener and quieter boating experience, many myths and misconceptions surround electric boats. 

At Boatbookings, we have been champions of electric boating. That’s why we offer a range of greener crewed catamarans with electric propulsion. 

Here, we separate fact from fiction when it comes to the myths and misconceptions of electric boating: 

Myth: Electric boats have limited range 

One of the biggest concerns about electric boats is their perceived limited range. However, advancements in battery technology and energy management systems have significantly increased the range of modern electric boats. The Eco range from Sunreef, the world’s leading manufacturer of electric catamarans, boasts an unlimited range under favorable and sunny weather conditions, thanks to the advanced battery systems and their innovative and integrated solar panels within the superstructure. 

Myth: Electric boats lack power and performance 

Another common misconception is that electric boats are sluggish and lack the power and performance of traditional diesel-powered vessels. But in reality, electric motors can provide instant torque and powerful acceleration, making them incredibly responsive on the water. Candela, the first fast and long-range electric boat on the market, with top speeds of up to 30 knots, is an example of this performance level. 

Myth: Electric boats are not as luxurious 

Some believe that electric boats lack the luxury amenities found on traditional boats, but this is far from the truth. Today, many electric boat manufacturers focus on creating vessels combining cutting-edge technology with luxurious designs and premium materials. These boats are being designed at the forefront of technology and design and, therefore, will combine the highest quality. The range of electric crewed catamarans we have available with Boatbookings is all of superior quality with luxurious amenities onboard. 

Myth: There is limited charging infrastructure 

While electric boats require charging up, many fear the lack of infrastructure. However, while this may have been an issue, many marinas and docking facilities are now equipped with charging stations to recharge while docked. Around the world, we have seen a massive uptake in governments investing in fast-charging networks. Private companies have also seen this opportunity and are installing more and more charging points for boats. Many electric-powered boats also have further energy generation, such as solar panels, to extend the range without external charging. 

As the electric boating sector continues to evolve, it’s essential to understand the capabilities and limitations of these vessels. With continued advancements in technology and infrastructure, electric boating is poised to become an increasingly popular and sustainable choice for those wanting a greener crewed catamaran charter. Contact one of the team at Boatbookings to talk more about electric boating and the fleet of greener crewed catamarans we can offer for your next boating vacation. 

5 Key Reasons To Charter An Environmentally-Friendly Catamaran

As the boating sector becomes increasingly conscious of the need to protect our planet’s oceans, we look toward the catamaran as a more eco-friendly and sustainable way to explore our oceans. At Boatbookings, we are committed to providing our guests with not only a luxurious experience but also a more responsible sailing experience that leaves a minimal environmental footprint. 

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should look at chartering a catamaran for your next boating vacation: 

1. Sustainable & Efficient Design 

Catamarans are inherently designed for sustainability and efficiency. Their lightweight construction and sleek twin-hull configuration require less power to propel them through the water. Therefore, this translates to an exceptional fuel economy and reduces carbon emissions.

2. Renewable Energy Integration 

Many catamaran builders, such as Sunreef and Lagoon, are integrating renewable energy sources like solar panels into their superstructures. Sailing catamarans also further harness renewable energy, utilising the wind when sailing. This allows for reduced reliance on fossil fuels and the ability to cruise quietly without the noise and fumes associated with traditional combustion engines. 

3. Spacious Living with a Smaller Footprint 

While offering guests generous living spaces, catamarans have a relatively small footprint compared to monohull yachts of similar size. The large saloon and cabin areas onboard catamarans, thanks to the twin hulls, are ideal for large groups and families. Another benefit is that these yachts are remarkably stable, making them the perfect choice for island-hopping adventures around the Mediterranean, especially for a charter around Greece and Croatia.

4. Better Access 

With their shallow draft, catamarans can easily explore remote bays, coves, and islands that are less accessible to larger, deeper boats. Improved access on a crewed charter catamaran means guests can get more off the beaten track and into less visited anchorages. This low draft also minimizes the risk of damaging sensitive marine environments, particularly coral reefs and the seagrass beds abundant throughout the Mediterranean

5. Stable Playtime 

The stability of catamarans provides the ideal platform for watersports and responsible exploration of marine environments. Snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding are much easier from a catamaran’s steady base. Our fleet of charter catamarans have plenty of eco-responsible water toys to play with when cruising the Mediterranean. 

Get Onboard Today! 

We have a wide range of greener crewed charter catamarans available for your next boating vacation. Why not charter Tiril? This Sunreef Eco 50 is the ideal yacht for adventures further afield, exploring French Polynesia. Back in the Mediterranean, you can charter the larger Sunreef 60, E Superyacht, to explore Sardinia. And, over in the Caribbean, we have Nemo, the Nautitech 47, and Voyage 590E, perfect for these idyllic cruising grounds. 

Wherever you are looking to cruise next, contact one of the Boatbookings teams about booking your next greener crewed charter catamaran experience.

Eco-Conscious Charters: Our 5 Top Tips For New Boat Charter Clients

More and more boat charter clients are prioritizing sustainability and reducing their environmental footprint. At Boatbookings, we value this shift and want to guide new clients toward a better, more responsible boat charter for their next vacation. 

We have put together our top 5 tips for new boat charter clients: 

1. Choose a Greener Boat 

Within the Boatbookings fleet, there is an extensive range of boats to choose from. Whether you opt for a crewed charter catamaran, motor yacht, or sailing yacht. Or, if you want to go it alone, we also have bareboat yachts for charter, both motor and sail. It is more important than ever to choose a greener yacht in today’s world, which is why we work hard to offer a broader fleet of greener boats, such as our selection of greener crewed catamarans

2. Select Better Preferences 

While yachts are well-stocked for your vacation, consider opting for things that reduce your impact. For example, you can request reef-safe sunscreen, refillable water bottles, and eco-friendly toiletries. Selecting preferences will also ensure the crew knows exactly what you require for your trip, making it an unforgettable experience. 

3. Pick A Quieter Destination 

There are so many places worldwide you can explore this summer by boat. Our Boatbookings team can help you plan your itinerary and choose the best places to visit. The Mediterranean is one of our favorite spots, from the French Riviera to Greece. Although some of these hotspots are at risk of over-tourism, selecting a quieter, more off-the-tourist track destination will help you get away from overcrowded destinations. We can also advise you on the local marine conservation initiatives in these areas to get involved in while you are there.

4. Offset Your Emissions 

Despite efforts to reduce environmental impacts, most yacht charters will still release carbon emissions. You can help counteract this by purchasing carbon offsets that invest in clean energy projects and other activities that remove greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere. Our carbon offset calculator can help you accurately assess the yacht’s footprint throughout your vacation. 

5. Respect Marine Life

A huge advantage to a boat charter is the opportunity to observe diverse marine species. However, it is vital to do so responsibly, avoid disturbing or feeding wildlife, and never remove anything from the ocean. 

Following these tips and using simple eco-conscious practices means you and future charter clients can experience the joy of a boat charter while minimizing the impact on our fragile ocean ecosystems. Contact one of the Boatbookings team to find out more about our greener crewed charter catamarans

How to Have a Greener Family-Friendly Yacht Charter in the Mediterranean this Summer 

A yacht charter offers the perfect opportunity for an unforgettable, family-friendly vacation this summer. At Boatbookings, we understand the importance of quality time together while instilling eco-values from an early age. That’s why our fleet of greener crewed charter catamarans is family-friendly. 

Our child-friendly yachts check every box, from enhanced safety features and ample play space to overflowing toy boxes and chefs catering to all ages. We also go a step further by offering engaging eco-activities and more sustainable practices that will inspire the next generation. 

Here, we have put together some of the ways you can have a greener family-friendly charter in the Mediterranean

Marine Life Education 

While onboard in the Mediterranean this summer, there are plenty of activities to get your children excited about marine life and preserving it. You can start this process by using mobile apps to identify tropical fish, dolphins, turtles, and other creatures you encounter. The crew onboard a crewed charter catamaran can also teach children about marine habitats and how to be responsible visitors to the ocean, following the “no trace” principles. There are lots of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) throughout the region, from Greece and Croatia to the French Riviera and the Italian islands, where you can adhere to the strcit rules and regulations working to protect the habitats.

Beach Clean Ups 

Participating in a beach clean-up during your boat charter is a rewarding experience, perfect for all ages. Collecting litter and debris allows families to directly contribute to protecting the surrounding ecosystems. Initiatives such as these can help families feel empowered knowing they have been part of the solution to protecting our oceans and coastlines. 

Eco-Friendly Water Fun 

Children and adults alike on a crewed charter love the toy box. There are a whole host of greener toys you can play on, contributing to more eco-friendly boating and steering clear of the fuel-guzzling water toys and opting for the greener versions, such as the electric-powered toys or even the human-powered ones such as paddleboarding and kayaking while onboard. While ashore, the crew can also arrange responsible activities contributing to the local economy and supporting environmental and conservation initiatives. 

Better Boating Practices 

Our selection of greener crewed catamarans offers a greener charter experience for you and your family. These boats are a great platform to explain the best practices. The crew can educate everyone about the renewable energy sources being used, such as hybrid electric motors and solar panels. Onboard, you can get invovled in the responsible waste management programs and using the eco-friendly products. 

Book Today! 

If you are interested in a family-friendly boat charter, contact one of the Boatbookings team members to discuss this further. We have a range of greener crewed catamarans with still some available for this summer’s Mediterranean season. Get in touch today! 

The New Game-Changing Green Technology Disrupting the Boating Sector 

As the boating sector looks at more ways to protect our oceans and reduce its environmental impact, there is a growing demand for more sustainable solutions. With today’s environmental concerns, green boating is more critical than ever before, and many innovative companies and organizations are stepping it up with new, greener technologies. 

What is Green Technology?

Green Technology is an umbrella term for technologies that create services and products with less impact on the planet and oceans. In the boating sector, this can include greener propulsion systems, alternative fuels, hull design, sustainable materials, and eco-friendly accessories. 

At Boatbookings, we remain ahead of these developments to ensure that we are aware of the technologies and look at yacht builders that utilize them. We help facilitate this through our fleet of greener crewed charter catamarans.

Here, we explore some of the latest developments in green technology within the boating and broader maritime sector:

Scaling Up Electric 

Boating has been moving toward electric in the last few years in a big way, and more developments are continuing to push electric technology into the fore. Most recently, the electric hydrofoil boat company Candela has secured its most significant funding round to expand the production of its P-12 fast electric ferry. A key partner in this is Group Beneteau. This funding will help scale up production to meet demand for the world’s first electric hydrofoil ferry. Scaling up innovative solutions aligns with both company’s objectives for more sustainable boating. 

Facilitating Alternative Fuels 

Along with developments in the electric market, there are also considerable efforts to utilize alternative fuels across the maritime industry. One example is the recent launch of Monaco’s first autonomous green hydrogen pontoon for recreational boating. Launching this floating facility will produce green hydrogen from renewable energy sources to refill and supply multiple teams with this greener fuel in preparation for the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge. This development promotes the usage and facilitation of more eco-responsible energy resources in boating. 

Integrating AI

The rise of digital innovation driven by artificial intelligence (AI) is helping make the entire sector more sustainable. A recent collaboration between Hyundai and Naver aims to revolutionize how vast amounts of maritime data gets utilized through big data analytics and AI-drive learning algorithms. This AI can provide optimal navigation routes and insight for enhanced operational efficiency and environmental sustainability through data-driven decision-making. Currently, this development is within the shipbuilding and commercial maritime sectors, but these notable AI developments will eventually filter down to the boating and yachting sectors. 

Better Materials 

Boat builders are constantly rethinking the materials used in construction and finding innovative solutions. Natural fibers like flax are substituting fiberglass composites and integrating more recycled plastics. The interiors of boats are also being considered, along with materials such as cork, bamboo, and other eco-friendly options used for upholstery and fabrics. A prime example of using better materials is highlighted through the recent launch of North Sails RENEW sails, where over 90% of the sails are constructed from bio-based or recycled materials while not comprising performance or longevity. 

From recreational boating to large-scale commercial shipping, the entire maritime industry is rapidly accelerating the implementation of greener technologies to advocate for more environmentally responsible experiences. We are optimistic that we will continue to see more sustainable solutions emerge and that the boating sector will become greener. If you want to discuss our greener crewed charter catamarans for your Mediterranean summer charter, contact one of the Boatbookings team today.