RS Electric Boats moves to MDL’s Hamble Point Marina to increase production capacity
RS Electric Boats is moving from its current base in Romsey, which it shares with sister company RS Sailing, to a larger manufacturing facility at our Hamble Point Marina to support the company’s target of delivering 50 of its Pulse 63 electric boats over the next 12 months.
Designed to be a more sustainable boating option, the Pulse 63 is the world’s first RIB with a fully integrated electric drive and is ideal for use as a work boat, coaching boat, or superyacht tender.
“We’re very excited that RS Electric Boats has chosen our Hamble Point Marina to base the manufacture of its cutting-edge Pulse 63 RIB,” says Tim Mayer, our sales and marketing director.
“The thoughtful, environmentally friendly design and build of its boats demonstrates RS Electric Boats’ commitment to sustainable boating. RS Electric Boats’ aim to allow people to enjoy being on the water without causing harm to the planet aligns with our own goals.
As a marina group, we also strive to protect our fragile marine ecosystem through the implementation of eco-initiatives across all our marinas.
“A very welcome addition to our growing marine business hub at Hamble Point, RS Electric Boats will also be one of the exhibitors at The Green Tech Boat Show, taking place at our Queen Anne’s Battery marina in Plymouth, 17-18 June, where it will be showcasing the Pulse 63, alongside other eco-conscious boating brands and businesses.”
Built using sustainable materials wherever possible, the eco-friendly Pulse 63’s interior deck, floor, console, engine box and hatches are all made from recycled carbon fibre, with a recycled PET core where required. The revolutionary 100% electric propulsion system is completely emissions-free and virtually silent, reducing noise pollution as well as carbon footprint.
Andy Andrews, Commercial Sales Manager at RS Electric Boats, comments: “With the Pulse 63 being production ready, we need manufacturing space that will support the volume of boats we need to deliver. There is phenomenal demand from marine users wishing to switch to more environmentally sound ways to get out on the water and enjoy their boating, as well as from marine-based companies looking to meet sustainability targets.
MDL and its Hamble Point Marina is an ideal solution for us. Not just the space available, but the location close to Southampton Water, giving us easy access to the Solent as well as MDL’s Ocean Village Marina, where we’ll be conducting boat tests and sea trails.
“We’re delighted to have a base with MDL, its commitment to the environment and dedication to promoting greener boating through investment in electric charging technologies and initiatives such as the Green Tech Boat Show makes this move an even more positive one for us.”
RS Electric Boat’s new production space will be accommodated within the building occupied by marine distributor Proteum, a long-term tenant at our Hamble Point Marina.
Besides its 230 first class berths, Hamble Point Marina is a marine service centre, offering excellent maintenance and repair facilities. As well as a wide, easy access slipway with ample space for car parking and trailer storage, there is a 75-ton boat hoist and a 4-ton crane for masts and engines.
he marina also offers an extensive range of shore-side facilities. In addition to the Ketch Rigger bar and restaurant, Hamble Point boasts over 50 tenants providing a wide range of marine services from sail making to electrical work, making the marina a true hub for the marine industry and the ideal place for a RS Electric Boats to base its manufacturing facilities.