For those planning a summer day on the waterways of Lake Michigan, there’s a new ecological option that will help you spend the day boating in sustainable style. Located on the lake’s eastern shore, Retro Boat Rentals has unveiled a collection of fiberglass boats from the 50s and 60s that have been restored using state-of-the-art electric motors. The vintage boat rentals have retained their cool retro aesthetic while updating to a more eco-friendly way of boating.

a boat on a lake with a white building on a dock behind it. three people are on the boat, with one of them steering the boat

When Retro Boat Rentals owner John Sharar decided to start the company, he knew that he wanted to restore a collection of old boats dating back to the 50s and 60s. Realizing that the boats’ original gas motors were incredibly harmful to the environment, he sought out an ecological way to restore the fleet.

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a up-close shot of the Torqueedo boat motor with water flying out from behind it

After exploring various options, he made contact with the team from Torqeedo, a pioneering marine electric propulsion motor manufacturer. Working in collaboration with Torqeedo, John restored the vintage boats to their original glory, with electric motors that don’t distract from the boats’ cool retro vibe.

a wooden boat on a canal/lake area with trees lining the streets on either side of the canal. two people stand on the boat, with one person looking off into the distance

“John came up with the idea of removing the old gas motor from its casing and replacing it with a compact Torqeedo motor coupled to a custom-designed sail drive pod,” Steve Trkla, president of Torqeedo, Inc., said. “He attended Torqeedo training and worked with Torqeedo engineers to modify various motor brands. The electric motor is driven by a Torqeedo lithium-ion battery in the boat.”

a wooden boat with electrical motor components in a compartment towards the back of the boat

The boats vary in size and weight, so the Torqeedo electric systems are custom-designed for each boat. All of the electric motors provide between eight to 10 hours of run time between charges — more than enough, considering most customers rent the boats for just two or three hours.

a boat on the water with a row of buildings top the left. two people are on the boat, with one standing and one sitting

Today, families and couples can enjoy renting the unique, classic boats that, thanks to the new electric motors, glide quietly on the water without contaminating the environment.

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Via Retro Boat Rentals

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