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Sustainability in Powerboat Racing: Perspective from Hugh Fuller

Friday, May 7, 2021 9:05 AM
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BOCA RATON, FL / ACCESSWIRE / May 7, 2021 / Powerboat racing, known for its expensive use of boats and dangerous crashes, has taken steps towards sustainability over the past several years. With advances in sustainable technology and engineering, the first-ever E1 World Electric Powerboat Series is forecasted to debut in 2022.

Charting the waters in this eco-racing series will be futuristic-looking boats developed by SeaBird Technologies. With a sleek design made of 100% hydrocarbon and integrated hydrofoil technology, these single-pilot boats can reach speeds of up to 60 knots, lifting the boat up off the water to increase efficiency by up to 80-90%.

Hugh Fuller, Super Cat national and world champion powerboat racer, has been in the industry for over two decades and has seen the sport go through many changes, although none as significant as this one.

"These state-of-the-art and sustainable boats look like nothing I've seen in my lifetime of racing," says Hugh D Fuller. "While our current tank sealing technology prevents most fuel spills, we recognize that there are ways in which the industry can become even more sustainable."

In order to electrify both the sea and fans with the same exhilarating experience that is traditional powerboat racing, E1 is planning to host these races in stunning locations such as the waters of Monaco, Sydney, the Arctic, the Amazon, and more. With never-before-seen technology and the world's most beautiful waters, E1 founders hope that such a thrilling sport will become a platform for discussion of important environmental issues.

"I think it's important that we have discussions about how to make powerboat racing more sustainable," Hugh Fuller says. "Recent advancements in tank sealing and plexiglass have nearly eliminated debris from polluting the water, but we can always do better, and the reality is that we've all got a responsibility to care for the earth, starting with our oceans."

Upon success, E1 will become a catalyst for electric marine technology, which will then be used to support the widespread use of different kinds of electric watercraft. The hope is that E1's influence will inspire everyday boaters to adopt a new eco-friendly option as they head out on the water.

"It goes far beyond powerboats. I don't think it will be long before we start to see electric boats everywhere, just like electric cars. We've got a long way to go, but this feels like a really good start," Hugh Fuller says.

Technology is redefining just about every industry to include greener, more environmentally friendly ways of doing things. As oceans, rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water experience pressure from environmental stressors such as fossil fuels and plastic pollution, a call for more sustainable boating is necessary. E1 Series is starting the engine, and powerboat racers like Hugh Fuller can't wait to jump in the cockpit.

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