Elcat inflatable solar electric boat review

Elcat inflatable solar electric boat review


Many dream of boat ownership, but few pursue it, and with good reason. Boats are expensive; you need somewhere to store them, and they can require a lot of maintenance. Enter inflatable boats like the ElCat inflatable solar electric boat. In this comprehensive guide, we'll share what you need to know, from how to set up, operate, and maintain this innovative watercraft to the pros and cons so you can decide if it's a good fit for you. 

What is the Elcat boat?

The Elcat is an inflatable solar-powered electric boat that offers an eco-friendly and fun boating experience. It combines the convenience of an inflatable boat with the efficiency of an electric motor propulsion system.  

The key benefits are 

  • Solar panels are integrated into the roof for renewable energy propulsion. 
  • Electric motor for silent and environmentally friendly operation.
  • Lightweight (for a boat) allows for easy transport and storage. 
  • It has a sturdy construction with handles for stability and security when climbing in and out of the boat. 
  • Simple assembly and operation, suitable for both beginner and experienced boaters.

This inflatable electric boat is ideal for leisurely cruising lakes, rivers, and coastal waters. It can be used for fishing, sightseeing, relaxing with the family, or a fun day on the water with friends. 

How much does the Elcat inflatable solar electric boat weigh?

The El cat weighs 280 lbs without the motor and 310 lbs with the motor. It is shipped and stored in small inflatable segments that zip together and can be stored at an incredible 4' x 2' x 2'! 

 Elcat Unboxing and Assembly

The Elcat arrives in a convenient package, with components including the floor, sides, roof, transom, ladder, and motor. The assembly process is straightforward, with simple features like zippers for easy access and inflation valves for each component. There is a cheaper version of the Elcat without zippers but you would need a larger vehicle for transportation. 

How do I inflate the Elcat electric boat? 

The Elcat comes with two pumps—AC-powered and DC-powered—inflating the Elcat is a breeze, you simply use a twist lock value and plug it into each segment of the boat. Different components require varying pressure levels, with the floor needing higher PSI than the cylindrical elements.

The order you inflate does not matter but you do need to stop inflating the floor section halfway to instal the transom. The whole process takes about 15 minutes!  Even though this is an inflatable boat, you can expect a sturdy and reliable vessel on the water. 

Mounting the Motor: 

The three-horsepower E-propulsion Spirit Plus motor is a powerhouse of performance and durability. Mounting it onto the transom is straightforward. It is complemented by a lithium-ion battery and a waterproof connection for seamless operation. The motor takes 6 hours to charge inside and you can extend the ride by utilizing the solar panels on the roof. 

Harnessing Solar Power: 

The Elcat's solar panels provide a sustainable energy source, extending your range and reducing reliance on external power sources. Connecting the panels to the charge controller and battery ensures continuous charging while on the water, allowing for extended exploration without worrying about battery life.


Elcat inflatable electric boat review - What to expect on the water. 

Safety First: Prioritize safety before embarking on any nautical escapade. The Elcat has sturdy handles for stability and security and ample space for essential safety gear, including life jackets, cordage, an anchor, and communication devices.

There are large handles on the outside of the boat to make it easy to cary with a group of people. The can be used for anchorage or bumpers against the dock. 

Operating the Electric Motor: 

Operating the Elcat's electric motor is as simple as twisting a throttle. With intuitive controls for forward, neutral, and reverse, along with clear readouts for battery power and motor usage, navigating the waterways becomes a seamless and enjoyable experience.

Elcat Maintenance and Storage

One of the standout features of the Elcat is its minimal maintenance requirements. With just regular cleaning, drying, and occasional valve adjustments, you can keep your vessel in top condition. Storage is equally hassle-free, with the ability to deflate, roll up, and stow the Elcat in compact spaces, ensuring easy transport and preservation.

The Elcat performs phenominal on the water. It's a far cry from a high-powered motorboat, but it has ample power to leisurely explore your local waterways and coastal waters. The electric motor has smooth acceleration and easy maneuverability, making it a good fit for novice and experienced boaters.

The inflatable hull is shock-absorbent and comfortable even in the chop. Comfort and convenience are a priority of the design, and the spacious interior can accommodate multiple passengers with ample seating and storage options for gear and supplies.

The removable canopy provides shelter from the sun, while the integrated Bluetooth speakers allow your crew to enjoy their favorite music. Furthermore, it boasts low maintenance requirements and makes boat ownership hassle-free, allowing more time to enjoy life and the water. 

In summary 

The Elcat Inflatable Solar Electric Boat is a game-changer in boating, offering unparalleled convenience, sustainability, and performance. We love it for fun days on Miami Beach and just relaxing between eFoil sessions.  This is a huge step forward in sustainable and affordable boating tech. A combination of portability, eco-friendliness, and performance make it an attractive option for green boaters looking for an affordable luxury experience on the water, whether you're a fishing enthusiast, looking for a fun family activity, or someone who wants to entertain and impress your friends on the water. The Elcat gets our check of approval at eFoil Miami.

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