2019, 2020


Bristol, RI

East Bay Sailing Foundation

Electric Coach Boat Feasibility Study

Ambassador Grant: JOHN MOLLICONE

The East Bay Sailing Foundation (EBSF) will conduct a study to determine if an electric powered coach boat, which operates with minimal environmental impact, can also be a practical, cost-effective, coach boat. The organization will build the prototype powercat by re-powering and updating an existing platform. The project includes a comprehensive, data-driven, testing program to quantify the boat’s characteristics. EBSF will engage other sailing programs and members of the local community to share the concept. If the prototype performs as planned and proves to be a functional, practical option for sailing programs and recreational boaters, they will move to phase two which entails the design and building a fleet of electric coach boats. This grant is in partnership with 11th Hour Racing Ambassador John Mollicone.


  • Install and test the use of an electric outboard engine on an existing coach boat to determine if the cleaner electric engines are a feasible option for yacht clubs, college sailing teams, and sailing centers.
  • The Brown University Sailing Team and Ambassador John Mollicone will test the electric powercat as a coach and race committee boat during the fall 2019 collegiate sailing season and beyond.

About East Bay Sailing Foundation

The East Bay Sailing Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), public community sailing center and sailing training program offering classes for both and adults based out of Bristol Yacht Club.

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