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All-electric runabouts bring stylish retro cool to quiet and clean boating

The 14 ft Tahoe and Lugano have been designed to offer a stylish silent boating experience
The 14 ft Tahoe and Lugano have been designed to offer a stylish silent boating experience
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The Lugano boasts a color palette inspired by classic cars
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The Lugano boasts a color palette inspired by classic cars
The 14 ft Tahoe and Lugano have been designed to offer a stylish silent boating experience
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The 14 ft Tahoe and Lugano have been designed to offer a stylish silent boating experience
Beau Lake has successfully blended the Riva/Chris-Craft style with modern construction techniques
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Beau Lake has successfully blended the Riva/Chris-Craft style with modern construction techniques
The boats are built with a lightweight molded fiberglass hull with infused real wood
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The boats are built with a lightweight molded fiberglass hull with infused real wood
The two new Beau Lake editions are dubbed Tahoe ‘14 and Lugano ‘14
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The two new Beau Lake editions are dubbed Tahoe ‘14 and Lugano ‘14
Tahoe ‘14 and Lugano ‘14 boast the elegance and class of wooden boats
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Tahoe ‘14 and Lugano ‘14 boast the elegance and class of wooden boats
The Beau Lake boats feature an electric Torqeedo motor and high performance battery pack
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The Beau Lake boats feature an electric Torqeedo motor and high performance battery pack
Beau Lake introduces its Electric ’14 Tahoe
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Beau Lake introduces its Electric ’14 Tahoe
The self-draining boats are equipped with a Cruise 2.0 FP, 24 V, 2.0 kW 1,300 rpm electric motor
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The self-draining boats are equipped with a Cruise 2.0 FP, 24 V, 2.0 kW 1,300 rpm electric motor
The Tahoe isn equipped with  a high-performance lithium battery
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The Tahoe isn equipped with  a high-performance lithium battery
The boats come with a food and drink cooler incorporated into the contours of the boat
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The boats come with a food and drink cooler incorporated into the contours of the boat
The Lugano is available in  burgundy
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The Lugano is available in  burgundy
The 14 ft Tahoe is designed to offer a stylish silent boating experience
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The 14 ft Tahoe is designed to offer a stylish silent boating experience
The boats have a cruising speed of 3.5 knots and a top speed of 6 knots
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The boats have a cruising speed of 3.5 knots and a top speed of 6 knots
The Lugano boasts a color palette inspired by classic cars
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The Lugano boasts a color palette inspired by classic cars
The Lugano is available in moss green
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The Lugano is available in moss green
The Tahoe features a gorgeous mahogany veneer deck and navy exterior
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The Tahoe features a gorgeous mahogany veneer deck and navy exterior
The Tahoe features a gorgeous mahogany veneer deck
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The Tahoe features a gorgeous mahogany veneer deck
The Tahoe features a navy exterior
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The Tahoe features a navy exterior
Tahoe features a lightweight molded fiberglass hull with infused real wood
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Tahoe features a lightweight molded fiberglass hull with infused real wood
Steering is controlled via a hand-carved wooden tiller
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Steering is controlled via a hand-carved wooden tiller
The boats come with a food and drink cooler incorporated into the contours of the boat
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The boats come with a food and drink cooler incorporated into the contours of the boat
The boats are finished off with a proprietary epoxy and polyurethane coating for extra protection
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The boats are finished off with a proprietary epoxy and polyurethane coating for extra protection
The deck is protected by a proprietary epoxy and polyurethane coating for extended wear
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The deck is protected by a proprietary epoxy and polyurethane coating for extended wear
The boats feature a lightweight molded fiberglass hull with infused real wood, cockpit, and inlaid veneer deck
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The boats feature a lightweight molded fiberglass hull with infused real wood, cockpit, and inlaid veneer deck

Canada's Beau Lake has recently launched two stunning electric runabout boats to its collection. The company is no stranger to the classic boat designs of the '50s and '60s, and have once again successfully blended the Riva/Chris-Craft style with modern construction techniques, as we saw with its runabout paddle boat we brought to you last year.

The two new editions, dubbed Tahoe '14 and Lugano '14, combine the elegance and class of wooden boats with a sustainable electrical system. The self-draining boats are each equipped with a Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 FP, 24 V, 2.0 kW 1,300 rpm electric motor and 24-104 high-performance (2,685 Wh/25.9 V/104 Ah) lithium battery. They have a cruising speed of 3.5 knots and a top speed of 6 knots.

Beau Lake has successfully blended the Riva/Chris-Craft style with modern construction techniques
Beau Lake has successfully blended the Riva/Chris-Craft style with modern construction techniques

The 14 ft (4.25 m) Tahoe and Lugano have been designed to offer a silent boating experience in style. The Lugano boasts a color palette inspired by classic cars and is available in moss green, navy, burgundy or light blue. The Tahoe on the other hand features a gorgeous mahogany veneer deck and navy exterior.

Built with a lightweight molded fiberglass hull with infused real wood, cockpit, and inlaid veneer deck, they're finished off with is a proprietary epoxy and polyurethane coating for extra protection, stainless steel castings, inch-thick leather seat covers that snap off for storage, a Bimini cover for weather protection, and a food and drink cooler incorporated into the lines of the boat. Steering is controlled via a hand-carved wooden tiller that is incorporated into a joystick.

The 14 ft Tahoe is designed to offer a stylish silent boating experience
The 14 ft Tahoe is designed to offer a stylish silent boating experience

"Built for excursions, sunset cruises and lake or canal explorations, the Runabout's molded fiberglass body, inlaid veneer deck and beautifully finished stainless steel castings and hardware invoke the essence of a Beau Lake state of mind," says Beau Lake. "Added luxury includes one-inch thick leather seat covers that snap off for easy storage and a compartmentalized cooler that contours to the boat."

The Lugano and Tahoe Electric Runabouts start at US$35,000.

Source: Beau Lake

5 comments
Kalavo
OH My Christmas tree....who the heck goes boating in a TUX... dats the budget James Bond boyz
Aross
Might be interesting if it was affordable to the less than wealthy.
TomLeeM
I think that is really neat and very green. I like it. The price seems reasonable for what one is getting.
ljaques
I'm not interested in a boat if I can slow-jog faster than its top speed. I doubt they'll sell more than a handful, and those to greenies. And who wants mahogany you can't feel? It's buried under 3/64" of clearcoat. The guy in the tux is the perfect display of how far their marketing 'missed the boat'. <bwa hahahahaha>
highlandboy
At 6 knots it’s fast enough to face significant battery drain from pushing all the water out of the way, but too slow to plane on the surface and therefore not drain as much battery. Get a bigger motor or slow down if you want to avoid rapid battery drain.