Electric power has made huge advances over a relatively short time, increasing in popularity across all sectors. 

Join Nigel Upton from Superyacht Tenders to take a look at how electric power looks set to make a major impact in the yachting industry – and potentially revolutionise the yacht tender market. 

First…What Is An Electric Boat?

To clarify, an electric boat is powered by a motor relying on electricity using onboard batteries rather than the traditional internal combustion engine. It represents the sustainable choice for the future. Zero emission tenders will undoubtedly set new standards in the industry.  

But why are we not seeing more of these types of boats introduced into the yacht tender market? 

Many manufacturers have struggled with the transition from combustion to electric power over the years. Lack of range, power, speed, weight as well as the lengthy charging times are cited as the common issues. 

Below, we will asses the pros and cons of going all electric to give you a good overview of the major considerations. 


Emission free – meaning they minimise the impact on the environment and are the sustainable choice for the future. 

Running Costs – no more expensive fuel costs to consider. 

Low maintenance – electric engines require minimal maintenance, with reliability vastly improved over combustion engines. No costly servicing to worry about.

Noise Levels – no more noisy diesel or petrol engines, allowing passengers a more relaxed and peaceful time on the water. 

Ease of operation – press a button and go, simple as that. No need to worry about engine temperatures, gear selection, and mechanical parts. 

Acceleration – instant torque from electric motors, providing impressive acceleration with no lag.  

Intelligent Technology – Engines and drives can be monitored and assessed constantly anywhere in the world via an app. Providing continual feedback on the workings of the boat and systems and adjusted at the touch of a button. 


Lack of choice – the market is still developing and the choice of boats are still limited compared to traditional options. 

Limited range – still a factor especially when used at full power. 

Speed deficit – overall top speed hasn’t met with expectations. 

Charging time – lengthy periods to charge the batteries that results in down time on the water. 

Where Do They Stand In Future?

If we focus on the smaller garage or deck tenders supplied to large yachts, ranging in size from 6-8m, I believe that the next generation of electric tenders will be perfectly suited for this role. 

Crew and guest tenders need to perform endless ship to shore duties. We are now seeing some manufacturers that are quoting 200nm at a speed of 10 knots. Even at 25 knots they can cover 50nm and have enough torque to easily provide cover for Watersport duties. Surely with a practical seating layout and yacht compatibility,  these types of tenders could make fantastic additions to yacht operations as a whole. 

New fast chargers are significantly reducing charging time. Allowing boats now to be re-charged in 30 minutes. This is a huge step forward. If yachts are supplied with a fast charger to be fitted onboard, then its unlikely to disrupt a heavy schedule. 

As technology evolves and more time and resources are devoted to electric power, so to will the choice of boats available. Manufacturers who couldn’t make the package work before will now see opportunities to go all electric.  

Speed and range will continue to improve so that soon the benefits of electric tender use will almost certainly outweigh the traditional  combustion power unit. 

I am convinced that e boats will quickly establish themselves in this  sector and I look forward to being involved in the future of the electric yacht tender market. 

Superyacht Tenders is the place to go for your next tender –  or e-tender.

For a discreet, confidential discussion as to how we can best assist you in buying, selling, or upgrading your tender, please contact Nigel Upton on nigel@superyachttenders.net

Email: info@superyachttenders.net

Phone: (London) +44 7756 867 806 OR (Barcelona) +34 659 556 991

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