When BMW unveiled its first mass-produced electric car, the i3, the joy was great: “This is what electric design could look like,” speculated the delighted scene in view of the futuristic, angular design in the style of vector graphics. While BMW has become more cautious again in its more recent designs, Rand Boats picks up on this idea on the water.
This is suggested by the latest products of Danish boat builders Oscar and Carl Rand. These are three boats for the avant-garde in water sports – in terms of design and as well as propulsion. Because all three Rand premieres are first and foremost electric boats. However, they can also be driven with conventional combustion engines. In Germany, the boats can be seen in both the north and south, at Gründl in Bönnigstedt and Bodensee Nautic on Lake Constance.
When the new Solara 33 passes by, the sharp bow and the crisp windshield are the most memorable features. The first third rises almost vertically with a negative crack, the upper part bends backwards like a “normal” windshield. What is it? It’s a typical Scandinavian take on design, but at the same time practical because it’s designed to reduce annoying reflections on instruments.
The distinctive glass construction is also found on the second premiere, the slightly smaller Roamer 28. This boat is also equipped with a pilothouse. The third of the bunch, Breeze 20, has no body, which is understandable considering the compact format. But here, too, the only implied windshield on the console is a design element: It starts far below the usable area and thus shapes the entire console.
Up to 20 hours of driving with one battery charge
Most is known about the smallest new Rand, while details of its two larger siblings are still being kept from the public. The Breeze 20 is designed and optimized as an electric boat. The shipyard used lightweight construction for its hull. Its design “cuts through the waves” and extends electric range “like never before,” the yard tells us. Exact figures on motorization, battery size and range are not yet publicly available.
But Rand does cite one striking example that is worthy of attention. If the Breeze 20 travels at an average speed of 4 knots and does not exceed 10 knots maximum speed, it could travel for 20 hours. So in total 80 nautical miles. These are values that come close to the Eelex 8000 from the Swedish e-motorboat builder X Shore.