Serene Coastline

Hidden Gems of the UK Coastline


So picture this, you’ve finally switched out your old combustion boat for the electric advantage and the promise of eco-friendly adventures on the water awaits! But as you begin your journey across the waterways with this newfound sustainability, you might find yourself wondering ‘Where do I go first?’ With over 19,000 miles of coastline to explore and an Indian Summer approaching, you’ve certainly got your work cut out to see the best of the UK.

Luckily for us boating enthusiasts, there are plenty of hidden gems in the UK that are tailor-made for electric boat users. From secluded coves with pristine postcard sands to mysterious sea caves echoing local history, there’s a world of natural beauty, relaxation and wildlife waiting ahead. To make things a little bit easier, our team here at RAD Propulsion has put together this guide to the UK’s hidden gems dotted along the stunning coastline. Join us on an exciting journey as we unveil some of the most enchanting coastal wonders that are best experienced by an electric boat.

Hidden Gem 1: Newton Creek – Isle of Wight

Newton Creek

Newtown River is a large natural inland harbour, with plenty of secluded spots and areas to explore With resident seals all year round it’s the perfect place to visit by electric boat to get close to nature.

Birdwatchers will also discover that an electric-powered journey to Newton Creek is an absolute delight. There is an array of bird species thriving in its many diverse habitats and if you’re really lucky you might even spot one of the white-tailed eagles that were reintroduced into the area in the last few years. It’s here where you realise that the choice of an electric outboard makes sense. Electric propulsion systems such as the innovative RAD 40 from RAD Propulsion have been tailor-built to deliver both performance and an environmentally clean and quiet journey across the water. This provides the precise throttle and steering needed to carefully explore the beauty of Newton Creek without disturbing the native wildlife.    

Hidden Gem 2: Chapman’s Pool – Dorset

Chapman's Pool Dorset

For electric boat users looking for complete tranquillity across the waterways and wanting to experience something new, a trip to Chapman’s Pool is just for you. This hidden gem – tucked neatly on the shores of Dorset – is engulfed by the soft sound of waves gently passing by the vessel, allowing its visitors to immerse themselves in the soothing embrace of the sea. There is also little sign of human habitation, with an unspoiled beauty that lends itself to quiet contemplation in the delights of isolation. And when the sun sets? – There’s nothing else like it. Electric outboard users are treated to a spellbinding display of colours that transform the horizon into a painter’s canvas. The breathtaking display, mirrored in the tranquil waters, creates a truly captivating and romantic atmosphere that is best enjoyed from the deck of an electric boat.

And take it from us, a journey to Chapman’s Pool in an electric-powered vessel is one that debunks all of the outdated electric boating myths. Not only is the surrounding Dorset location leading the way in terms of electric boat charging infrastructure, but electric boat systems themselves are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Providing everything and more you need to relax on your journey to this hidden gem.

The RAD 40 systems as an example, are inbuilt with innovative smart technologies. The RAD Bus drive-by-wire system and RAD Link connecting signal enable solutions like battery management, simplified motor control and Bluetooth app connectivity – ensuring you stay one step ahead on your quest across the opulent location.

Hidden Gem 3: Skomer Island – Pembrokeshire

Skomer Island, located just off the southwestern coast of Wales, is a captivating gem in the United Kingdom’s Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This small, uninhabited island spans around 2.92 square kilometres and is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and diverse wildlife – a sanctuary of natural wonders if you will.

Approaching Skomer Island by boat, visitors are welcomed by dramatic cliffs that rise from the turquoise waters of the Celtic Sea. The rugged coastline is adorned with vibrant wildflowers during the warmer months, creating a picturesque backdrop for the island’s rich biodiversity. Speaking of which, the island’s most famous inhabitants are its seabirds – with the island becoming a bustling seabird city during the breeding season. Simply anchor your electric boat in the sheltered waters surrounding the island and immerse yourself in the peaceful sounds of crashing waves and seabird calls.

Skomer Island is also a paradise of preservation. With limited daily visitor numbers given access and a desire for guests to practice responsible boating, the island is the perfect hidden location for cleaner and emission-free electric outboards. The RAD 40 electric outboard doesn’t rely on dirty and flammable combustion fuel, making for a much safer journey along the natural ecosystem as well as safer for electric boat users themselves.   

Hidden Gem 4: Elender’s Cove – South Devon

Elender’s Cove

Last up on the journey of hidden treasures are the mesmerising landscapes of Elender’s Cove. Sat peacefully between two different cliff heads, the cove can be something of a challenge to spot at a first glance. But as you move closer across the waterways in your electric boat, a breathtaking panorama of rugged cliffs, lush greenery, and secluded beaches unfolds before you. Here as the boat gently cuts through the waves, you’ll feel a sense of escape, leaving behind the stress of everyday life.

Elender’s Cove is also renowned for its fascinating local history to be explored from the water. While we won’t spoil everything, just some of the historical landmarks you can look forward to seeing are the remnants of old coastal defences along the rugged cliffs and headlands, as well as the different shipwreck sites highlighting the maritime challenges of old

The electric advantage

With so many fantastic places to explore across the UK, it’s no surprise that more and more maritime enthusiasts are beginning to realise the benefits that electric propulsion can bring. From exploring the serene waters of Newton Creek to experiencing the enchanting beauty of Elender’s Cove, there’s so much of nature to be explored through the electric advantage and what better time to do so than the upcoming Indian summer?

Interested in the RAD 40 electric propulsion motor from RAD Propulsion? Have a question about the benefits of electric power?  Are you simply looking for directions to the next hidden gem? Then contact our team of experts today.

Let’s Talk Electric Boat Charging Infrastructure


As a global desire to search for more sustainable alternatives grows stronger in the ever-changing world of transportation, there’s a new wave in town that is, well… making waves. In just the past few years, electric boating has seen massive growth in demand with just 27% of boat users now seeking traditional combustion boat power. Indeed, in addition to offering the unparalleled freedom and mindfulness that comes with on the water exploration, electric boating has emerged as an eco-friendly marvel that also offers a clean, quiet experience with zero emissions and minimal noise pollution.

But, as we navigate away from the old myths of electric power and towards this promising future for the marine industry, one crucial element stands out – the charging infrastructure for electric boating. Just as electric cars rely on charging stations, electric boats require designated spots to replenish their power reserves. These charging stations act as essential lifelines for electric boats, ensuring users can venture out with confidence. However, as a relatively new boat propulsion method some have questioned whether the current electric charging infrastructure is enough to support the longer journeys and speeds that are seen with traditional combustion engines; especially when considering the national aim to decarbonise the waterways by 2050.    

From powering ports with charging stations to diversifying charging options and creating interconnected networks, here we will dive into the significance and capacities of current electric boat charging. Providing defined clarity amidst a sea of talk and opinions and exploring the vital role that well-planned charging stations play in enabling our electric boats to continue to roam our waterways freely.

Boat taking to the waters

Charging Flexibility

Contrary to what you might have heard, there is plenty of opportunity to charge your vessel while cruising – you certainly won’t find yourself stranded. However, unlike traditional propulsion, there is much greater flexibility as to where and when you charge your boat. This is thanks to a large – and continually growing – number of marinas that offer access to shore power. Such infrastructure allows individuals to charge their vessel overnight – if they want to be on the move during sunlight – or alternatively, charge in the day should they want a break from their adventures to replenish and explore the local area while moored up.

While largely dependent on the battery, most electric vehicle batteries are now also built with the Combined Charging System (CSS) technology, providing a foundation for individuals to recharge their electric boat how and when they prefer. CSS offers a versatile method of charging, ensuring the vessel can use two types of charge points: AC (Alternate Current) and DC Fast Charging (Direct Current).

AC Charging:

Allows an individual to charge their vehicle into any regular electrical outlet, providing a suitable and flexible but slow charging method (again best placed for an overnight charge, this could even be done on a bigger boat with a generator).

DC Fast Charging:

Is perfect for those in a hurry or who want to get going as quickly as possible as, you guessed it – it allows for extremely quick charge times, alleviating the previous concerns about extremely long boat charging times. 

Despite the UK only seeing its first fast charging station in 2022, the electric boat charging network is gathering momentum and seeing huge investment across Europe and beyond. Just as recently as June, the UK government signed off on a 3.2 million grant to get charging stations implemented across the south coast. For those looking to take advantage of this electric charging flexibility, the RAD 40 electric outboard makes for the perfect companion piece. Not only does it utilise the electric advantage to offer ultra-fast charging, but its compact design and precise control (thanks to the drive-by throttle and steering) make this a fantastic outboard for a clean time on the water.

Boating Port

Innovation Through Demand

Another core variable that has impacted electric boat charging is simply the need for infrastructure development.

As the number of electric boats on the water increases so does the demand for charging stations. This pushes marinas and port authorities to invest in charging infrastructure, making it more accessible to electric boat users. What’s more, the demand for electric boat charging has encouraged companies to innovate and develop more efficient charging technologies. Faster charging options, smart charging systems that optimise energy usage, and wireless charging solutions are some of the advancements we have seen – and will continue to see – as the market for electric boating expands. The competition to provide the best charging solutions leads to continuous improvements in technology.

This innovation can be seen within RAD Propulsion products. For instance, the RAD 40 is fully interconnected through the unique RADBus drive-by-wire system architecture and RADLink mobile connectivity. This allows for smart solutions such as battery monitoring/management, Bluetooth app connectivity, motor control, and more. What’s more, RAD systems conform to the NMEA2000 protocol, allowing for greater compatibility with other devices, as well as faster and more robust data transmission. The RAD 40 system also provides boat users with an innovative safety lanyard (RADTag) that can easily be used to identify the boat user. Pretty neat huh?

Lovely Sunset Boat

Bridging The Charging Network GAP

As the popularity of electric boating grows further, so does the need for a cohesive and well-connected set of charging networks that are tailored to traffic volume. These charging networks are the bridges that span the gap between charging stations, allowing boaters to navigate the waters freely without worrying about running out of juice. Just like highways on land, these networks establish efficient routes for electric boaters, enabling them to plan their trips with ease and peace of mind regardless of whether they sail across quiet or highly populated locations.

The current network infrastructure reflects a strong start in that respect as charging stations are currently – and continue to be – strategically placed across popular coastal destinations and waterways. This ensures that those who require access to electric charging stations will always have an option. Despite this, the electric boating industry is one that is far from fixed when considering the massive uptake in users and growing technological capabilities (just to name a few things). It’s important that charging networks are continually built upon to ensure that boat users always have access to electric charge moving forward.

RAD 40

Looking To The Future

With the current infrastructure in place for electric boat charging, some may say that the future is the present while others may say that the future is very much still the future.

Creating charging networks for electric boats is not without its challenges, but it’s a voyage worth undertaking. As more charging stations continue to become available at marinas and ports, it instils confidence in boat owners to make the switch from traditional fuel-powered vessels to electric ones. This transition is vital for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable boating practices and sends a powerful message about the industry’s commitment to protect our waters and preserve marine ecosystems. By embracing the electrifying potential of charging networks, we pave the way for a future where sustainable boating becomes the norm, and our waterways thrive for generations to come.

Curious about how RAD Propulsion is innovating the electric outboard landscape with RAD 40? Contact our team of experts today.

Man on Electric Powered Boat

Electric Boating Myths Debunked


For marine enthusiasts, there’s nothing quite like travelling across nature’s calming waters. The pure serenity felt when experiencing local wildlife up close, breathing in the fresh clean air, and just being able to escape into the peaceful surroundings away from life’s stresses. With the environment playing such a key role in the on the water experience, it’s no surprise that more and more boat users have begun looking for ways to avoid traditional pollutant heavy combustion power.

Case in point, boating electrification – an emission-free, silent, and reliable alternative.

What was once proposed as a cleaner and greener technology of the future is now very much a fuel of the present, able to power everything from catamarans to rigid inflatables. As such, more and more users are beginning to switch from traditional combustion engines to cleaner electric propulsion drives. Forecasts suggest that in 10 years electric boat users will grow by 12.9% with the market value more than tripling to 16.6 billion.

And yet – as with any new industry technological development, there are still plenty of myths and misconceptions about electric power that continue to ‘rock the boat’. That’s where we come in. In this blog, we will debunk some of the more frequently cited electric propulsion myths and provide you with the right information so you can make an informed choice about your next outboard.

Boat On The Water

Myth: Electric Boats Are Slow and Offer Limited Travel Distance.

One myth that we frequently hear is that electric boats are both slower than combustion and can offer limited travel distance due to poor battery life. Imagine, you’re travelling across the waterways and getting stranded on a lost island – it all sounds a bit disaster movie. 

Well thankfully, this is a misconception for the vast majority of boat users. In the last decade the emergence of electric cars has driven a revolution in battery cost and capacity as well as much more efficient and power dense electric motors. As a result, electric propulsion for boats has come on leaps and bounds and, in many cases, is able to deliver equivalent or even superior power and performance to petrol or diesel counterparts.

An additional benefit is that electric outboards like the RAD 40 from RAD Propulsion offer instant and very controllable torque. This allows RAD 40 powered boats to accelerate faster and have much faster throttle control when driving through rougher conditions. With 40kW of continuous power the RAD 40 delivers equivalent thrust to a 60Hp petrol outboard. It also uses a 400v architecture just like most electric cars. This ensures the electrical system is very efficient, can be charged by the growing network of marine fast chargers and also importantly for boats keep the weight of the outboard as low as possible.

Often the biggest concern about electric boats is the range they can operate. There is no denying that even the most advanced batteries do not contain the energy of a tank of fossil fuels. However, just like with electric cars, the huge increase in energy efficiency and with new boats now being designed to be electric, compelling solutions for real world use are now available.

Electric leisure boats have range and endurance that are long enough for 95% of typical pleasure day boat users to do exactly what they have always done. A typical day to the beach or a cove and back is still possible, access to a fast charger can extend this to places you’d spend a long voyage getting to and from and would in reality rarely do. There are also now longer-range electric boats designed around low drag hull forms that travel at moderate speeds with all day endurance and the range to travel over 100 nautical miles. So electric boats work today for a huge proportion of boat use and as this decade progresses battery capacity will only improve, making electric boats applicable to even those with demanding long range needs.

RS Electric Boat

Myth: Electric Boats Are Not Reliable

“Electric drives can’t be relied on ”, “they can’t handle the water”, just a few of the things you might have heard about electric propulsion. With the advancements of electric power available today this simply isn’t the case.

Firstly – and most obviously – an electric boat doesn’t use a combustion engine. As such, it doesn’t rely upon potentially flammable fuels that can get dirty or water in them, it doesn’t need seawater water cooling impellors that fail, and you don’t have to do lots of maintenance or regularly run the motor to stay reliable. Professionally designed and installed electric propulsion systems are inherently safer from the get-go. Additionally, an electric powered boat has far fewer moving parts when in operation. This means minimal maintenance is required with the added benefit that you get less vibrations across the boat. For anyone who has previously owned an internal combustion outboard, the first few trips with an electric outboard are a revelation and you very quickly don’t want to go back.

One concern often expressed with high voltage batteries is how waterproof they are or what the risk of them setting on fire is. The batteries used on electric boats almost always derive from those used in cars, buses, or vans on the road. The same exacting safety standards are applied. Despite what the media may imply, statistically electric battery fires in cars are far less common than in fossil fuelled cars. Petrol is particularly dangerous on boats so moving to a professionally designed electric boat and propulsion system removes this risk and reduces the overall risk of fire. All electric boat batteries are sealed to water ingress and normally protected with a secondary layer of defence in a watertight compartment. If you are looking for improved reliability and a product you can trust, then it’s clear that an electric outboard makes the most sense.

Hyrex Boat Sailing To Victory

Myth: There Is Limited Charging Infrastructure For Electric Boats

While it’s true that electric boats do require the owner to charge up every now and then, this view that you could be left stranded because the infrastructure isn’t there again isn’t true.

The vast majority of boats stored in marinas have access to shore power, which permits overnight charging, normally more the sufficient for most users uses boats in the day for work or pleasure. It is as simple as plugging in when you get back to the dock. The next time you come back to the boat it’ll be ready to go again, no need for expensive and time-consuming trips to the fuel jetty.

Additionally, the number of ports and marinas installing electric fast charging stations is increasing rapidly all over the world. In some forward-thinking areas governments are investing to roll out extensive charging networks of hundreds of chargers. Private charging companies are also seeing the opportunity and kicking in to roll out networks that permit electric boat owners to take on port hoping voyages in some of the world’s most beautiful boating locations.

The boat world isn’t just limited to leisure users, and many commercial workboat users are now looking to electrify. For them, they often have access to their own dock and can install fast chargers that enable high intensity work boat use in their operations. This is particularly good for harbour masters, police, security forces, pilots, and surveyors and even day running fishing vessels.

Whether charging from your own jetty, in harbours, piers or at electric charging stations, there is always a charging station nearby, allowing you to take in more of your surroundings and worry less about running out of battery.

Battery Box RAD Propulsion

Myth: Electric Boats Can’t Handle Harsh Waters

The idea that electric propulsion is unsuited to harsher waters is another outdated myth which – surprise – is also false. Electric drives today are very robust, capable of powering through all types of waterways and in fact, electric power can actually have several advantages over the fossil fuel equivalent.

For operators of higher speed electric vessels, the rapid throttle response and high torque enable superior pitch control in waves. Most electric systems are fully sealed, so if your outboard is submerged by a wave the motor will not even notice and just continue running. If operating around areas with a lot of debris, weed or rubbish there is no risk of blocked water cooling filters as electric boats are so efficient they can cool themselves through simple keel coolers or even just the water running past the drive. As mentioned previously – electric boating is more reliable as it has fewer moving parts; such a benefit is also applicable in harsher waters, with the vessel requiring less maintenance and subsequently being much less likely to fail when your safety depends on it.      

Need another reason to doubt this myth? Well electric outboard manufacturers such as RAD Propulsion offer flexible system solutions that can be tailored to fit a range of boat configurations like catamarans, rigid inflatables and even fishing vessels. For those of you who enjoy or work in tougher waterways, you can be rest assured that an electric powered boats can stand up to the challenge.

Fact: The Electric Advantage

While in the past electric power may have been viewed as a passing fad within the marine industry, the truth today is more and more boat users are beginning to realise the electric advantage and switch from traditional combustion power to electric propulsion. With increasing restrictions placed on traditional combustion by governments and businesses alike – not to mention continually developing smart technologies and infrastructure being developed for electric boating – the future of the marine industry looks clean, safe and fun!

Curious about the RAD Propulsion RAD 40 electric motor? Contact our team of experts today.

Rad Propulsion Outboard

Top 5 Reasons An Electric Outboard makes sense


From the launch of the first Tesla to the continued development of electric powered trains, there’s been plenty of talk over the past decade about switching to cleaner power sources, and for good reason. It is critical to the future of the marine industry. While boat propulsion systems have traditionally been petrol-powered, advances in electric outboard technology have led to an increasing number of owners deciding to make the switch to electric propulsion. Add to this, the continued government regulations around petrol motors to reduce carbon emissions – some countries like the Netherlands are set to ban fossil fuel boats by 2025 – and forecasts are now predicting that the number of boat owners will grow by 12.9% between 2022-2032.

Despite this, there are still plenty of misconceptions about the capability, costs, and reliability of an electric-powered outboard that might leave some marine enthusiasts on the fence about whether or not to make the switch. We want to change that. In this blog, we will explain some of the reasons why it makes sense for boat enthusiasts to consider investing in an electric outboard motor.

Side Image of electric propulsion boat

Smoother navigation

Arguably, one of the key factors in any outboard motor is its navigation and performance through different waterways. For those who chose an electric motor, you’re in luck. Thanks to the use of a battery as opposed to traditional combustion methods, an electric outboard motor provides the best boating experience. Response time is significantly improved and unlike petrol motors – which have a small delay between the throttle movement and motor response – electric outboards respond from the moment the throttle is applied.

Electric motors like the new RAD 40 electric outboard from RAD Propulsion are also specifically built with unique advanced steering capabilities. The precise throttle control and drive-by-wire steering features offer increased control across a waterway and easy and simple navigation. Thanks to its lightweight design and use of battery over combustion power, RAD 40 also minimises the vibrations of the boat across the water, making for a much calmer and smoother on the water experience.

Emission-free and clean

Fresh air, a good dose of vitamin D, and stress reduction surrounded by calming waters are just a few of the benefits that come with being on a boat. Yet plenty are unaware of the impacts that petrol-powered boats can have on air and water quality – through the release of polluting substances like carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. Electric outboard motors on the other hand are clean, efficient, and fully sustainable as they release no environmentally harmful emissions and are carbon-neutral vessels. Thanks to the electric advantage you’re not only breathing in clean air and avoiding the fuel and exhaust smells but you’re also helping to maintain the waterways and protect the local aquatic and marine environment.

With the ever-increasing government support for zero-emission boating, not to mention the increasing climate crisis we find ourselves in, there is a real desire to be greener in day-to-day activities and reduce emissions. RAD Propulsion offers the perfect solution. Unlike alternative motors which are designed just for operation, the RAD 40 electric outboard has been tailored to provide both environmentally clean power as well as a high-performance output that can provide system solutions to a range of boat configurations. As we see more areas like lakes and river ban the use of combustion engines the move to electric will become the only future for boating.

Electric Boat

Improved safety

Safety is perhaps one of the most important factors when using a boat. Whether it be from the lack of response time afforded by the steering or the flammable combustion engine fuels, minimal safety assurance means you and your passengers are at unnecessary risk. While safety maintenance will always be fundamental to the marine industry, Electric outboards from the outset provide far fewer risks thanks to their use of a non-flammable and waterproof battery. This greatly reduces risks like fires as well as any potential for the battery to shut off from water damage. Instead, your experience is solely about the beautiful views and fantastic memories as opposed to combustion engine-based safety concerns.

Confidence and reliability

Thanks to the direct drive technology of an electric outboard there are fewer moving parts to go wrong reducing the time and cost of maintenance. Imagine not having to have a pull cord to start your outboard, and not dealing with the anxiety associated with that – will it or won’t it start? and the ability to get it to started if you’re not as able bodied. With the touch of a button or flick of a switch an electric outboard will be up and running, and even those less confident around boats will feel in control and ready to start their journey with ease. The RAD 40 makes installation a breeze thanks to its lightweight and neat form. There is no requirement for external steering gear and connections, you are ready to get on the water almost instantly.

Electric Propulsion Engine front off boat view

Quieter operation

The boating industry has long been bogged down by large and loud engines that require passengers to shout just to hear one another. Thankfully, with the emergence of electric-powered boats that’s quickly in the process of changing. Unlike internal combustion engines, electric propulsion leaves little to no noise pollution. This means that the local wildlife will not be disturbed and scared away from their local habitat, allowing you and your passengers to enjoy the tranquil waters and calming sounds of your surroundings.

The electric advantage

As individuals, businesses, and governments begin to commit further to carbon-neutral and emission-free propulsion, it’s no surprise that more and more boat enthusiasts are beginning to make the switch from traditional internal combustion engines. With the numerous advantages offered by an electric outboard, there’s no doubt that in the near future waterways will see a growing population of electric-powered vehicles. It simply makes sense for our future.

If you’re interested in the RAD 40 electric outboard motor from RAD Propulsion, have a question, or are simply looking for expert industry advice, contact our team of experts today.

RAD moves to production products


It was an exciting day when our team got to visit the foundry and watch molten aluminium pour into our specially developed casting tools.

This was rapidly followed by watching our electronics boards pass testing, the shafts arriving  and the top unit fitting perfectly.

RAD is building a batch of its new RAD40 drives and look forward to getting our products in boater’s hands soon. Watch this space for news on launch events, shows and demos.