|We began manufacturing the first "primary power electric outboard's" in 1974. Ray motors are designed, not for trolling or secondary power, but to propel your boat as the primary means. Our motors give you quiet, reliable easy operation, pleasing speed and the power to take you home when the wind kicks up.|
When I was tinkering with motors and boats as a young man in Kentucky in the 1940's, I had no idea that someday I would be telling people about the Ray Electric Outboard through the Internet. Back then there was no World Wide Web, in fact there were no computers. Things sure have come a long way since then, to include the Ray Electric Outboard.
I don't mind telling you that the Ray was designed and built by the tinkerer from Kentucky, because he went through several changes himself that qualified him for the job, including a West Point education and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology. However, perhaps the best qualification was as Andrew Carnegie stated about his career, "My heart was in the work."
After retiring from the Army in 1970, I seemed to naturally gravitate back to tinkering and boats. One day while observing electric boats on nearby Lake Barcroft in Virginia, I got the idea for the Ray outboard. At the time these boats were powered by gasoline outboards that had been converted to electric. The concept was OK, but they were noisy and not very dependable. Looking for a better mousetrap, in 1973 I built my first prototypes in my basement in Annandale, Virginia.
I did it all, except for some help from Dot, my late wife. I made the patterns, the furnace to melt the aluminum, the molds and machined the castings and other parts on a Sears lathe. When we poured the aluminum into the molds, it was Dot's job to hold one end of the shank.
Today, an expert crew in Cape Coral, Florida manufactures the Ray Electric Outboard in a modern facility. Though the motor has been changed and modified over the years, reliability has remained constant. We have manufactured motors since 1974 and there are less than .01% of our motors currently out of service today. We feel that that speaks volumes about our reliability.
The latest Rays are the quietest, most reliable, easiest to operate, and most efficient motors on the market. Speaking of efficiency, the future of electric boats depends not only on the propulsion system, but on the efficiency of the boat itself. This is why Ray Electric Outboards has built two prototype boats to demonstrate the capability of electric boats.These boats are designed to travel 70 miles at 6 MPH on a single charge, permitting all day activities including my favorite, electric cruising with recharging at marinas.You'll find information on efficient electric boats and electric cruising at Performance Electric Boats and The Return of Electric Boats.
Again, thank you for visiting our web site. I hope that you will take the time to thoroughly explore our site. You will find that electric boating is a hassle-free, relaxing lifestyle that countless people, such as yourself, are discovering all over the world.