Rand Boats, a Danish boat builder, has a really cool new electric runabout boat christened the Spirit 25. The 25-foot “lifestyle racer” is now available globally, including in the U.S. It’s an open-layout day cruiser that can seat up to 9 passengers and features a center three-seat sofa and a flip-over backrest that can be converted into a dining area for 6 people.
The Spirit 25 was designed with stability and comfort in mind. It was built using sustainable materials and a hyper-efficient hull design with lightweight construction. This allows it to reach top speeds of over 40 knots with the max power package. It is rated for electric motors between 105 and 180 kW or up to 300 HP for gas-powered models, which are available in both inboard and outboard versions. Both the electric and gas-powered options have similar performance numbers.
The Spirit 25’s steering console is sporty and draws inspiration from the automotive industry, resembling classic Italian sports cars. It offers the feeling of a sophisticated performance day cruiser. The Spirit 25 is like a “stylish café sports vessel” with modern features and is a testament to European style, Danish functionality, and raw sport boat performance.
It is nimble and quick handling with sleek aesthetics. The vessel features a spacious triple-bed aft sun lounge with an expandable backrest. Its unique functional layout allows for quick adjustments to the seating area to suit the needs of the day.
Rand Boats is a Danish boat builder founded in 2013 by Karl Rand, who also co-founded GoBoat, an electric boat rental company. The brand is deeply rooted in Danish craftsmanship and Scandinavian design and aesthetics. Rand’s boats have a simple and classic appearance.
The hulls’ lightweight construction and advanced hydrodynamics are well-suited for electric propulsion. RAND Boats’ innovative range of 18-28 ft. boats caters to modern boaters seeking the perfect open-layout boat platform for luxurious day boating experiences. All models in the Privilege Series are sustainably produced and with electric power.
Electrified Mag’s Take: As a kid, my family would go on summer vacations on my granddad’s boat, a 32-foot, 1956 Chris-Craft with twin gas-powered, Chevrolet 327 engines. Its heavily shellacked wooden hull was sleek and it was a swift cruiser for its time. I remember the musty smell in the forward cabin bunk and the aroma of burbling exhaust fumes and salt water like it was yesterday.
We would board the boat on Lake Union in the heart of Seattle, go to a floating gasoline station, and fill the double tanks with gas. I remember seeing greasy rainbow slicks and garbage in the water around the dock and even as a kid it bugged me. I have such a love for nature and wildlife that the thought of a seal or fish in that chemical soup didn’t seem right.
So when we think of the electrification of things, clean, emissions-free boats and eliminating petroleum discharge into our waters are better for the planet and the creatures that inhabit our oceans.
To be fair, there is a new set of problems with electric boats, like charging challenges and the age-old bugaboo of combining water and electricity. Battery packs lost at sea present another issue as well.
Regardless, e-boats are a step in the right direction. This Rand boat really spoke to me as its design hints at my Grandad’s Chris Craft and adds a skosh of Scandanavian savoir-faire.
Weight: 2 756 pounds
Max Passengers: 6 persons
Max Power Rating: 105-180 kW (electric motors) or 300-HP (gasoline engines)