I was recently visiting Sanctuary Cove Marina and walking along the berths near B arm when I spotted the sight of a marine revolution in progress. Berthed alongside a Superior Capri pontoon were 2 of the hard working alloy boats with Honda outboards that have done such a great job for many years. Right beside them were the new electric purpose built security catamarans. This indeed was the changing of the guard right before our eyes. Everyone knows that the Sanctuary Cove boats really do work hard as they are always on the move, therefore the new technology must be robust as well.
Security has a special role at Sanctuary Cove with staff being the eyes on the water, however the residents assist so it is an integrated neighborhood watch system. Grace Perez and the sales team also mention this feature to prospective buyers as the security team have proven their value as first responders with first aid in a medical emergency.
The 6 metre vessels are purpose built in survey GRP catamarans with twin Torqeedo Cruise 4R short shaft electric outboards connected to Lithium batteries. The top speed is 10 knots however. 3 knot working pace is most commonly used. The cost savings are considerable with previous annual operating and replacement amounts lowered by over $50,000.
This is a real world example of sustainability in action as the body corporate has received input from residents xwith experience in the area. The equipment uses new technology that has a better life cycle result however it takes real leadership to commit to the higher upfront capital cost. We congratulate the Sanctuary Cove community on showing the world another way forward for the global boating community.