Solar whisper is a 9m fiberglass solar electric "Goodwin" long boat. The hull was built in Port Moresby and interior fitted just north of Townsville then roof and railings added in Cairns. The boat is long and narrow so as to be efficiently propelled by the electric outboard motors. The "Ray" motors were imported from the USA and are fitted with state of the art pancake style permanent magnet electric motors. Modern, efficient solar panels on the roof help to charge the Lithium Ion batteries.
Electric boats allow you to glide down the river with no impact on the environment - see, hear and smell nature with no exhaust or petrol fumes. seating is along the edges so everyone has a window seat with a good view. For hard to see wildlife the boat is fitted with "Croc Cam" which acts like communal binoculars.
White Ibis is a 7.3m Debco extremely quiet electric boat. The hull is of a traditional slipper style that slips through the water very efficiently. It is propelled by an inboard brushless Motenergy motor and powered by 4 x 12v (48v) 300ah lithium ion batteries. There are no solar panels on this boat but it is plugged in at home where we have a solar system.