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Something I had forgotten about over the years is the limitation found on inland lakes and waterways that exists in some locations. Specifically I’m talking about either horsepower limits or in some cases restrictions on the use of internal combustion engines at all.

Well it seems one boat manufacturer has found the obvious answer. Godfrey Pontoon Boats is one of the premiere manufacturers of pontoon boats here in the US and they are now offering a super option, Torqeedo 4.0 electric outboards to power their pontoons. The press release is here:


As more lakes are designated green with gas and diesel engines prohibited, boaters want and require an environmentally-friendly form of propulsion.  Helping its customers select the best in electric power, boat manufacturer Nautic Global Group now offers Torqeedo’s Cruise 4.0 R electric outboard as optional equipment across all of its Godfrey Pontoon Boat lines.

“Many of our dealers sell boats onto lakes that have horsepower or gas-powered engine constraints,” said Steve Tadd, marketing director for Godfrey.  “Torqeedo is a good partner to team up with and gives our customers a great option in clean, powerful propulsion.”

Revolutionizing the standards for electric power, the Cruise 4.0 R offers boaters more drive and range than ever before.  With thrust equivalent to a 9.9 hp gas outboard, it achieves an efficiency of more than 50%.  It operates on 48V lead-gel, AGM battery bank or two high-performance lithium manganese batteries from Torqeedo’s Power series.

“Godfrey and our whole network of dealers are impressed with the motors’ battery consumption feedback and the outboards’ performance and capabilities,” said Tadd.  “We will put a Torqeedo on any pontoon we build, but they seem to be most popular on our Sweetwater models.”

After building the industry’s first ever all-aluminum pontoon boat in 1958, Godfrey has remained a leader in innovation and quality.  Having built more pontoon boats than any other company and having received more than 20 industry CSI awards, also more than any other builder in the world, Godfrey Pontoon Boats are synonymous with customer satisfaction and excellence.

Torqeedo is a leading manufacturer of high-tech, electric outboards, offering a range of horsepower options to power a variety of vessels, including pontoons, dinghies and kayaks.  The company’s electric motors are lightweight, incredibly efficient and environmentally-friendly.

Contact Torqeedo Inc., 171 Erick Street Unit A-1, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.  815-444-8806; Fax: 815-444-8807.

The installation looks like this:


Stay tuned here as I hope do be doing some testing on these motors later this summer, they are really catching on and so far I haven’t heard a bad word about them, which is impressive.

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