Small miracles. Anyone who experienced Mozart playing the instrument as a child 260 years ago will have quickly realized: He’s going to be a great one! And so, as the Canna sails towards us in the port of Gdynia near Gdansk, we have little doubt about its future. The little one doesn’t play the piano, but she does play with our emotions in an enchanting way.
To call the design of the compact open boat “pleasing” would be an understatement. What’s more, it is silent: the open motorboat with its elegant retro design is powered by an innovative electric motor.
Could there be anything better? Oh yes! To go on board and cast off ourselves, past the pier with the many tourists who are just as enchanted by the Canna as we are. And then cruising comfortably at five knots on the mirror-smooth Baltic Sea. A little water noise at the stern, nothing more. While everyone is still searching for a verb to describe this fabulously quiet and peaceful movement, Janusz Kutkowski taps on his smartphone. And the silence is over.
Don’t worry: the two loudspeakers at knee height do not emit hard rock (which is perfectly suited to a boat like a rock song such as the AMT 240 DC), but the smooth contrast program. Spherical synthesizer sounds mingle with the lapping of the waves at the stern and the mild afternoon light. A kind of yoga atmosphere is created at sea. The relaxation program could be called “Maritime Meditation”, wonderful!
At the wheel, he wears a color-coordinated cap and aviator sunglasses with blue lenses. Certainly, an unusual style – a little retro, but always self-confident. And so is the “Canna One”, the first model from Kutkowski’s dream factory.
But what is sustainable here? So far, it is mainly the electric drive. But if the Gdansk native has his way, the hull will soon no longer be made of GRP, but of hemp fibers. The name Canna, derived from the useful plant cannabis, already alludes to this. Even if the associated hemp hull with natural resin is still a dream of the future.
So Janusz and his team are not finished yet. The family man would also like to use flax as a fiber composite material, as offered by the Bremen-based manufacturer Greenboats for hull construction. After all, even the deck is pleasing to the feet and eyes: it is made of a different natural material, soft cork. This matches the dignified design of the neo-classic, and it feels very comfortable.
That leaves the drive: on our test day in July 2023, a modern electric pod motor is used, manufactured by Dutch start-up RIM Drive. The 15 kW motor gives the small boat amazing maneuverability. The canna can really turn on the pizza plate.
And how quickly is it progressing? Well, on our outing, the RIM Drive falls somewhat short of the boat’s promising dynamic appearance. Janusz Kutkowski knows this and makes no secret of it. On the contrary: he addresses it openly. The founder doesn’t seem to be under any time pressure: He works as a naval architect and the Canna is a hobby project that he works on after work. Still!