More than 100,000 wooden fishing boats are used for fishing on the great African lakes. Not only are they poorly suited for use with electric motors, but many of them do not fulfil even the basic requirements for safe and economic fishing.
E-Wave, as a pioneer in E-Mobility on the water, identified the global necessity for a new generation of fishing boat and began the search for a competent design and engineering partner capable of fulfilling the demanding requirements. i-Yacht was convinced by the clear concept and decided to get involved in this challenging project. The technology partner for the project is the Slovenian Roto group.
The goal was to develop a boat that could be manufactured in Africa using the rotational moulding method. The traditional shape of today’s boats was to be retained as far as possible, however with the additional requirements of unsinkability, better handling and manoeuvrability, as well as an improved environmental footprint. Local fishermen were involved from the very beginning to ensure that all important requirements were considered.
The result is convincing. The new boat meets all the requirements and can also be used universally for other transport tasks.
The development of a boat is a dynamic process that requires continuous adaptation and further development. Accordingly, the partners have entered a long-term relationship order to ensure the necessary continuity.
Not only in Africa, but in many developing countries, local fishermen are disadvantaged because of their boats as a means of work. Yet there are already good solutions in industrialized nations that simply need to be adapted and transferred. For this you need the right partners – and we are convinced to have found them with I-Yacht and Roto.
It is not very common for our designers and engineers to get an order for developing a fishing boat. But after the on-site visit to Lake Victoria, we saw the compelling need to help the fishermen with our expertise. Our team in Hamburg has rarely worked with so much pride and enthusiasm on a project as in this partnership with E-Wave and Roto.
We have successfully proven for years that we can manufacture good PE boats. Roto boats and canoes are omnipresent in Europe. However, the new boat represents a new challenge in terms of size and application. I think that together with I-Yacht we have developed a perfect solution for the African fishermen.
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- It must be simple, profitable and affordable for a large target group
- It must be economically viable for the investors who pre-fund the initiative and
- it must be ecologically sustainable for our planet.
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the CO2 footprint of most developing nations is a fraction of that of our own.
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