SMOOTH RUNNINGS: TEMPLAR 26'

Suncruiser Okanagan - - CONTENTS - BY STEVE FEN­NELL, PHO­TOS COUR­TESY NEIL GIL­BERT

Lim­it­ing or even elim­i­nat­ing the use of fos­sil fu­els wher­ever we can is now more com­mon than ever, even among recre­ational boaters.

The elec­tric boat mar­ket is an ev­er­grow­ing seg­ment in the marine in­dus­try and while there’s still a reliance on fos­sil fu­els with the use of diesel and petroleum, many lakes or se­lect wa­ter­ways in North Amer­ica pro­hibit the use of fuel-pow­ered boats. In fact, a grow­ing num­ber of canals and in­land wa­ter­ways through­out Eu­rope and Sin­ga­pore are now ban­ning all power-driven ves­sels – un­less they are op­er­ated by an elec­tric mo­tor – and more coun­tries are likely to fol­low.

The Templar 26ʹ from Templar Marine Group is the lat­est en­try in the elec­tric boat seg­ment and is specif­i­cally tar­geted at the baby boomer mar­ket. It’s de­signed for those who don’t have the de­sire for white-knuck­led speeds in go-fast boats, and pre­fer a quiet (al­most silent), easy-to-op­er­ate, eco friendly, and cost-ef­fi­cient model to en­joy cruis­ing in the slow lane.

De­signed and built in Kelowna, B.C. as a joint-col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Templar Marine Group Ltd., Vec­tor Power­boats and Gil­bert Cre­ative Group, the Templar 26’ is pow­ered by the award-win­ning Torqeedo propul­sion sys­tem and hosts an abun­dance of fea­tures not found on mod­els of the same size in the run­about mar­ket.

With its Torqeedo power, the Templar can achieve speeds be­tween seven and nine knots de­pend­ing on load and many ben­e­fits in­clude zero emis­sions, eas­ier on­board com­mu­ni­ca­tion, low main­te­nance, and quiet op­er­at­ing lev­els. Plus, with no thru-hull fit­tings, de­cay and leaks are elim­i­nated. More im­por­tantly – from an eco­nom­i­cal sense – op­er­at­ing costs and boat in­sur­ance are greatly re­duced and with the op­tional on­board heater and clear en­clo­sure, the Templar 26ʹ can be en­joyed in cooler tem­per­a­tures or even all year.

Tip­ping the scales at just 1,750 kg (3,860 lbs), an over­all length of 8 m (26 ft.) and beam of 2.9 m (9 ft, 8 in.), the Templar 26ʹ can be eas­ily trail­ered (with its cus­tom trailer) by the light­est of SUVs no mat­ter how far your des­ti­na­tion.

To ap­peal to the baby boomer mar­ket, de­sign­ers in­cluded many avail­able fea­tures such as a fully func­tional head with van­ity/ cab­i­nets, a 1500-watt in­verter, an on­board fridge, sur­round sound stereo sys­tem, a small propane stove, mi­crowave, and chart plot­ter. Add the dou­ble for­ward berth, plus the 4kw built- in gen­er­a­tor, and a choice of two or four bat­tery op­tions and the Templar 26ʹ can com­fort­ably be used for overnight trips.

As the Templar 26ʹ is the first in a series of elec­tric boats from Templar Marine Group, the com­pany has not only at­tracted in­ter­est among recre­ational boaters, but the wa­ter taxi and boat char­ter in­dus­tries as well. Pro­duc­tion is sched­uled to be­gin July 2018.

De­signed and built in Kelowna, BC, Templar Marine Group is mak­ing new waves in the elec­tric boat mar­ket with this all-new eco-friendly model.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit tem­plar­ma­rine.com

The Templar 26’ is specif­i­cally tar­geted at the baby boomer mar­ket with a range of prac­ti­cal fea­tures.

A spa­cious stern sim­pli­fies dock ac­cess to and from the dock or the wa­ter.

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