Electric Outboard Motors

We often get asked questions like: Can you use an electric motor on a boat? Yes, you can use an electric motor on many boats, including inflatables, dinghies, canoes, kayaks, and sailboats, as it’s a great alternative to combustion engines. An electric motor can be used as an auxiliary motor for fishing, allowing easier entry into spots and better boat steering, or as a backup engine when the combustion engine fails to reach the riverbank.

Navigator Inflatable Boats offers a wide variety of electric outboard motors perfect for your needs. Whether you’re looking for something lightweight that’s easy to install or something powerful that’ll get you where you need to go, we have the perfect model for you!

What’s the Difference Between an Outboard Motor And A Trolling Motor?

Both an outboard motor and a trolling motor are used to propel inflatable boats, but their design, power, and functionality differ.

An electric outboard motor serves as the primary or backup power source for an inflatable boat, dinghy, tender, or sailboat. It has more dynamic horsepower and a much faster top speed.

Electric trolling motor, on the other hand, is smaller in size, making it a top choice for smaller boats or slow trolling without disturbing the water. Trolling motors are also more maneuverable and controllable, so the narrow waterways are easier to navigate with them.

The Application

We offer outboards and trolling motors from top brands in the Canadian market. Find the perfect propulsion solution to power your vessel here.


The ePropulsion motors are affordable, lightweight electric motors with power outputs ranging from 3 to 10 HP. Quiet, manoeuvrable, and great for fishing. Hydrogenation technology in their engines makes handling longer distances easier.

Rim Drive

Rim Drive Technology, the innovator in electric mobility on water, develops and manufactures motors ranging from 0.5 to 30kW for industrial, commercial, and subsea applications.


Portable and simple design, as well as rechargeable batteries that power TEMO motors, make them an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to fuel-powered engines.


Electric propulsion systems made for active water sports and outdoor activities. ThrustMe‘s accessible and affordable electric propulsion systems make sports like canoeing and supping safer and more enjoyable.

5 Reasons To Choose An Electric Boat Motor

  • Environmentally friendly. Electric motors produce no exhaust gases, minimizing the carbon footprint.
  • Quiet performance. Little to no noise allows for a more peaceful boating experience.
  • Cost-effective. Electric motors require less maintenance than fuel-powered engines, resulting in lower operating costs over time.
  • Efficient and responsive. Enjoy instant torque and smoother acceleration, compared to fuel-powered engines.
  • Versatile. Electric boat motors can be used in a variety of waterways in Canada, including lakes, rivers, and coastal areas.

Electric Outboard Motor Battery

Electric outboard motors operate on deep-discharge batteries with long battery life (GEL, AGM) of 12 V or as standard individually or in the system to increase the voltage up to 24 V battery power. Also, powerful electric trolling outboards can work on Lithium-Ion batteries. We do not recommend using car drive system batteries because they provide a maximum charge only when you start the engine and require a generator. You can turn the electric motor on and off frequently to adjust the boat’s position. The outboard motorhead contains an electronic circuit board that controls its functions.

How Long Do Electric Outboard Motors Last?

10 to 15 years or 1,500 – 3,000 hours, this is how long electric outboard motors last, depending on the model, on how often is maintained, stored, and used. When talking about how long a battery will last on a single charge, a 3 HP electric motor can go for 4 hours at 4.4 mph on a 14-foot boat. And if you slow it down to 3.5 mph, it can go for 8 hours.

Key Factors When Choosing an Electric Outboard Motor

Shaft Length

When operating in an environment where waves are often present, we recommend choosing the longer shaft so that the propeller stays below water. The choice of shaft length is dependent upon the boat’s operating environment.

The material used for the shaft plays a key role. It can be stainless steel, aluminum, chrome or composite. In poor operating conditions, graphite composite material wins because it is incredibly resistant.

Type of an Electric Motor

Choosing which electric motor to use depends on which of Canada’s water bodies you plan to use it on. There are only two different types: Freshwater and Saltwater. The difference between these outboards is the material used to make them. A saltwater motor has material designed to resist corrosion caused by the ocean’s salty waters.

Electric Outboard Motors for Sale

Navigator Inflatable Boats offers a wide variety of electric motors in Canada. Here are the electric outboards that we call the best in quality and performance from our 15-year history. As always, you can read our article on the Pros and Cons of using an electric outboard motor.

Experience the thrill of boating and get a head start on your competition by using electric propulsion electric outboard motors from Navigator Inflatable Boats! Contact our customer service office for a complete consultation regarding electric boat motors or visit our store and explore boating with us. Also, check out the price for our best-selling models of electric propulsion electric outboard motors today!

Please read our article: Choosing the Outboard Motor.

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