A range of solar electric and hybrid boats designed for inland waterways.

Integrated Solar panels

The GRP modules with recessed solar panels fit snuggly over a traditional steel hull. It means build time can be drastically reduced because fitting out the interior can take place with the roof off. The underside is finished and fitted with down lights.

Available to other boat builders

This patented* design is available to other boat builders, it comes with solar panels pre-fited on the the topside and a tounge’n’groove finish on the underside together with fitted down lights. After finishing the interior, drop on the roof, connect the electrics. Job done. Find out more.

*patented pending

Narrowboat roof with integrated solar panels
Pre finished narrowboat ceiling

Integrated Solar Roof. Innovation that’s in keeping with narrowboat aesthetics.

Eco Friendly

Eco-friendly boating. Travel the waterways without leaving an impact. Electric boats do not pollute. The electric motors are truly ‘zero emission’. Electric boats will not disturb the environment with noise or exhaust fumes.

Electric Motors

Electric boats are almost maintenance free, they are reliable, cheap to run and easy to operate. It is estimated by the motor manufacturers that the only maintenance required is the renewal of the main bearing in 20 years time.

Quiet Please

Having electric motors mean that your boat is very, very quiet. Large solar array means that your boat is self sufficient and non polluting. But over and above all of this, your boat is elegant, luxurious and a joy to be aboard.

Solar Electric Boats For Sale

Sometimes it’s hard to find a ‘boat for sale’ that is exactly what you want. Electric boats are not a new idea but it’s fair to say that they’re not very common. But just like on the roads where we’re seeing more and more electric cars, soon we’ll be seeing more and more solar-panel-600pxelectric boats sailing on our waterways. Electric boats are perfect for inland waters. Mothership Marine have designed three very different boats to suit your needs.

A ‘new boat’ is often a large commitment. Together with the initial outlay there are ongoing costs. With ‘electric boats’ and particularly ‘solar electric boats’, running and maintenance costs can be significantly reduced. These boats are good for the environment too. They are the perfect ‘eco boat’.

It is possible to enjoy electric boating only using an electric inboard motor or an electric outboard motor. However running times are limited to about six hours. If you wanted to extend this, an hybrid option could be considered. There are two principal types of hybrid diesel electric motors namely the serial electric motor and the parallel electric motor. 

Solar panels on boats are not new, in fact the marine industry was one of the first to start using them. The big issue with solar panels on boats is that they can often look clunky or even ugly. Mothership Marine are manufacturing our own solar panels which gives a lot more flexibility in the panels electrical configuration and aesthetic appeal. Through Mothership Marine you will be able to enjoy a solar boat that not only performs well but looks fabulous. Click to find out more.

Ad campaign.

The December issue of Waterways World and Canal Boat Times sees the start of our Narrowboat campaign. Ads will go on to discuss science and technology, ecological issues, individuality and the Arts and Craft Movement. The theme of the ads will centre on clever design thats good for the soul and the environment. The ‘look’ of the ads channel the historic industrial past of the canals.

Worldwide interest.

Interest continues to flow in from around the world. Perhaps it is a sign that solar power and how it can be practically  harnessed is becoming more accepted. At Mothership we are doing all we can from an R&D perspective to make sure solar power is not only as performant as it can be but is also fabulous to look at.