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Cruise in comfort: the all-electric Sofa Boat

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March 10, 2010

The appropriately named 'sofa boat'

The appropriately named 'sofa boat'

The appropriately named ‘sofa boat’ is essentially a sofa slapped on top of a floating platform that is sure to make maneuvering among other craft in crowded marinas a most relaxing affair. The all-electric craft employs a joystick for steering, a folding sun canopy covering for some protection from the sun’s rays and a soft-foam bumper to make water-bound bumper-car action a possibility.

Designed and built by Abra Marine in the United Arab Emirates the sofa boat made waves at the recent Abu Dhabi Yacht Show where it was used to ferry visitors and VIPs around the show’s super-yachts, marinas and pontoons. An Abra, by the way, is a traditional type of ferry boat in Dubai.

“The boat is completely powered by electricity and has 0% carbon-dioxide emissions," said Dr Martin Mai, designer and Managing Director of Abra Marine. "It can be charged via an electric socket and has batteries that give it 12 hours of continuous power. We also have a solar-powered version in development.”

The solar powered version will use seven square meter solar panels generating 1,000W peak electricity to provide enough power for up to 10 hours of use. And for getting a bit of work done while on the waves the company also offers a ‘B2B’ version that incorporates laptop docking points and a fridge.

Abra Marine is currently in talks with Belevari Marine, the Abu Dhabi-based marine consultancy, charter, brokerage and service company responsible for bringing the concept boat to ADYS to set up a charter license to charter the boats in Abu Dhabi.

But if you’re looking to buy the basic model sofa boat sells for AED59,000 (approx. US$16,060) with customization options including luxurious leather seats, refreshment tables, a stereo system and a two-sofa configuration sure to add a little extra to the cost.

Via Marine Business News

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5 Comments

This looks like a luxury pedalo, but without the pedals! Why not fit pedals, and save the bother and cost of all the electronics? Keep fit, as well!

windykites1
11th March, 2010 @ 07:53 am PST

An awful lot of money for something that could only be used in still water. Basically a toy designed for those with more money than sense d;-)

Jetwax
12th March, 2010 @ 03:48 am PST

Marinas aren't exactly the most scenic locations. I wouldn't spend an hour, never mind twelve, cruising around looking at other people's boats, uh, yachts.

Gadgeteer
13th March, 2010 @ 09:24 am PST

Is that the sofa-king electric boat?

SaturnX
16th March, 2010 @ 08:55 am PDT

Stock up on any other prescription medications just in case they are scheduled to run out during your trip. Often, insurance companies will make exceptions and allow a prescription to be refilled early if you are traveling with no access to a chain pharmacy. One last thing get a letter from your doctor on official letterhead listing your prescriptions and stating that they were all legitimately prescribed for you. If you have to go through customs, a letter will sometimes keep you from being detained while your medication is inspected.

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Cheap Cruise

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1st July, 2010 @ 04:55 am PDT
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