Congratulations to all of the 2023 Gussies Winners!
After voting by the public and an International Judging Panel of 25 electric boat experts, these are the boats who have taken First Place in their respective categories as best representatives of ‘excellence in electric boats and boating’.
The awards are named after Gustave Trouvé, the French inventor who decided the best way to work on the electric motor propelling his prototype boat ‘Le Téléphone‘ along the Seine in 1874 was to devise a detachable unit so that he could tinker with the motor in his shop at home. It was the birth of the outboard motor.
Now, in 2023, more than 160 boats from 25 countries and every continent except Antarctica entered ‘The Gussies’ and carry on his legacy. Congratulations goes not just to our winners but also to all of the designers and builders and technicians and everyone involved in bringing these boat to life and for helping to grow electric propulsion everywhere. The future indeed looks very bright.
2023 Gussies Award Winners
Production Electric Boats: Up to 8m / 26ft
Axopar • Finland
For the most comfortable ride in almost any water, it is crucial to be able to keep a stable speed of around 20-25 knots. Driving at lower speeds in choppy conditions usually results in an uncomfortable and wet ride. The Axopar 25 is one of the rare electric boats that you can take outside of sheltered waters due to its hull design, drivability and impressive hull efficiency enabling higher speed and extended range with less engine power. Combining this efficiency with an innovative electric engine showcases Axopar’s dedication towards creating the most comfortable drive even when presented with challenging conditions.
Concept/In Development Electric Boats: Up to 8m / 26ft
NERO Yachts • Germany
The founders of NERO Yachts see themselves not just as yacht builders, but as creators of unforgettable experiences, embodying a harmonious combination of speed, luxury and incomparable comfort. The NERO777 Evolution is the impressive result of their passionate dedication to innovation and perfection, where elegance and performance find their perfect symbiosis. The NERO777 Evolution reflects this essence in its purest form with outstanding design, state-of-the-art technology and masterful craftsmanship. This masterpiece symbolizes the future of water sports and heralds a new, exciting era. The NERO777 Evolution, sets a milestone that reflects a passion for innovation and perfection.
Production Electric Boats: Over 8m / 26ft
ZEN Yachts • Spain
The ZEN50 solar and wind powered blue water catamaran is absolutely energy self-sufficient and does not require any fuel onboard. She is capable of sailing 24/7 at 6 to 10 knots continuous cruising speeds with top speed of 14 knots. This unique performance is achieved with lightweight racing carbonfiber hulls combined with a 90 m2 solar roof, for an unrivaled 17 T displacement to 17 kW solar power ratio of 1:1. The ZEN50 is the world’s first series production yacht equipped with the Oceanwings© wingsail by Ayro. This revolutionary yacht opens new horizons to 21st century nautical explorers.
Concept/In Development Electric Boats: Over 8m / 26ft
Soel Senses 62
Soel Yachts • The Netherlands
The Soel Senses 62 is a cutting-edge solar electric yacht that seamlessly combines luxury and sustainability. With its innovative design, it harnesses the power of solar energy to offer emission-free cruising, making it an eco-friendly choice for discerning travellers. The yacht features spacious and elegant interiors, offering a comfortable and stylish experience for passengers. Its solar panels are strategically integrated into the design, enabling the yacht to generate its own clean energy and reduce reliance on traditional fossil fuels. The in-house developed solar electric propulsion system has undergone over 16 years of rigorous testing, ensuring exceptional performance and reliability.
Fareast Boats • P.R. China | Simonis Voogd • Netherlands/South Africa
Fareast 42C is a 42 foot-long pure electric sailing catamaran and developed for both high performance and maximum on board living space. Designed by Dutch navy architect Simonis Voogd and powered with ePropulsion, it is equipped by a twin-20 KW pod drives together with LFP battery packs up to 188.41 KWH and 4KW solar panel and hydrogeneration capability. The Fareast 42C can be driven at full electric mode up to 20 hours and 100 nautical miles at cruising speed.
Tideman RBB 700 OB
Tideman Boats • The Netherlands
The RBB 700 EOB is a fully recyclable high-speed HDPE workboat. It is powered by the Evoy 120+ hp Breeze outboard motor system and can reach a top speed of 35 knots. The Tideman Boats need minimal maintenance, are indestructible, unsinkable and do not need antifouling. The RBB 700 boats are very sustainable as they are 100% recyclable and have zero emission electric propulsion.
Electric Commercial Passenger Vessels: In Operation
Ferry 2306 E3 ‘Bryggen‘
Arriva Denmark • Denmark | Damen • The Netherlands | Echandia • Sweden
Bryggen is one of five Damen Ferries 2306 E3 delivered to Arriva Denmark in Copenhagen in 2202. The new fleet still has to fit into the existing framework – including current timetables, infrastructure and ability to transport at least 60 passengers per trip. Quick charging ability means no ferry is out of service during the day. Each ferry also carries two drivetrains to provide redundancy should unexpected problems occur. The ferries have reduced Copenhagen’s public transport NOX emissions by 2.5%, CO2 emissions by 10% and particulate emissions by 66%. They have a positive environmental impact and run silently for a beautiful ride.
Electric Commercial Passenger Vessels: In Development
Artemis Technologies • Belfast, Ireland, UK
The EF-24 Passenger ferry provides a cost-effective public transport solution that helps address air pollution, congestion, and noise. A game changing solution that encourages multimodal transport in urban areas, enabling cities around the world to utilize and benefit from the untapped potential of their waterways.With a take off speed of 18 knots and a top speed of 38 knots, the EF-24 Passenger ferry offers an unrivalled foiling range of 115 nautical miles at a 25 knots cruise speed.
Retrofitted / Customized / DIY Electric Boats
Boats and Cars of Kingston • UK
Lockheed is a 30′ after-cockpit boat built in 1937 by a Thames boatbuilder Boats and Cars of Kingston Ltd. She has undergone a major rebuild and restoration after being out of the water for 12 years and being found in a field as a bare hull. She is of mahogany over oak carvel construction. She was converted by the owner to electric with 2 steerable electric pods and 93KWH of battery storage.