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Christian WilliamsBy Christian Williams
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Christian WilliamsBy Christian Williams
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$151
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
3
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 30 2018 3:50 PM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

VISBOATS.com
VISBOATS.com

VIS Boats’ Kickstarter campaign is for finishing our Prototype Electric Pontoon Boat. We have a unique design for an electric boat and have run computer simulations to validate our design. We also have worked with engineers to test a working prototype of our outboard motor on a water taxi in Mexico. We have raised capital and purchased all the machinery needed for production and to cover operational expenses such as our 30,000 square foot facility. VIS has obtained recycled aluminum and plastic to engineer the prototype’s framing and has purchased many of the materials to build furniture and helm. We are raising money for the purchase of the remaining propulsion system and electronics. There has been a coordination established with Electric Motor manufacturer and Lithium-Ion Battery producer to ship VIS Boats these essential parts to complete our Prototype. Our desire is to have a working prototype to share with the world and support our mission of transitioning water recreation to a clean and sustainable future. For Much more information on our company visit our website

www.visboats.com

VIS Boats' Purpose

At VIS Boats our primary purpose is to produce a Premier Pontoon Boat Prototype with Electric Propulsion. VIS Pontoon will showcase onboard luxury and versatility while giving superior performance. The Prototype boat will be a  22' Tri-toon with a top speed of 30+ miles per hour with exclusive electric torque. The VIS boats' prototype will provide owners with 8+ hours of cruising on a single charge, and can be fully charged overnight, or in several hours at a quick charge station.

CAD Sketch of Boat Side View
CAD Sketch of Boat Side View

VIS Design

Propulsion

  • 384VDC Electric Brushless Permanent Magnet Motor, 95% Peak Efficiency, Operating Speed 0-7000rpm, 320Nm of Torque, 135kW Maximum power output 
  • 52kWh capacity Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 80% Useable Energy Storage, >10,000 Charging cycles 
  • Integrated Digital DC/DC converter 
  • Digital AC/DC charger, Plug-in Charging from 110AC or 240AC 
  • Computer controlled Battery Management System 
  • Electric vehicle interface control software, Electronic 3 stage power mode controls 
  • All components managed and controlled by exclusive VIS Propulsion management system operating on CAN bus communications protocol 
  • Proprietary lower-end dual gearing and efficiency matched 14” 3blade Stainless Propeller 
  • VIS exclusive 50/50 Glycol – Water Battery and Motor cooling system
Basic Schematic of Propulsion
Basic Schematic of Propulsion
Picture of working Prototype Motor on Water Taxi in Mexico
Picture of working Prototype Motor on Water Taxi in Mexico

Structure

  • Recycled Aluminum D-Channel Framing on 16” Centering for stability 
  • 25” Diameter Recycled Aluminum Tubes with Lifting strakes inside of outer tubes and both sides of the center tube 
  • Recycled Plastic Decking bolted to frame and Sustainably Produced woven vinyl flooring 
  • Powder coated recycled aluminum railings and Bimini top 
  • Recycled corrugated aluminum playpen sheeting 
  • LED interior lighting, Tube accent lighting, Docking lights, and USCG navigation lights
Recycled Aluminum Tubes and Frame for Prototype
Recycled Aluminum Tubes and Frame for Prototype
Recycled Aluminum after polishing process
Recycled Aluminum after polishing process
CAD of Bimini Sports Tower made from Recycled Aluminum
CAD of Bimini Sports Tower made from Recycled Aluminum
Recycled Plastic to be used as Floor Decking and Furniture Structures
Recycled Plastic to be used as Floor Decking and Furniture Structures

Helm

  • Fiberglass and aluminum framing, trimmed in premium sustainably created upholstery and accented brushed aluminum trims 
  • Three 7" LCD Touch Screen Displays and lighted touch switch / control panels 
  • JL Audio two section audio system with six premium speakers and lighted accents, 10" JL Subwoofer and Dual JL Audio amplifiers for the best sound experience 
  • Down and Front Sonar with fish finder 
  • GPS mapping and tracking 
  • Rear ski Camera display 
  • Battery and motor intuitive digital displays give information and interface control for Battery Temp, Motor Temp, Power Available, Real-time Runtimes, Motor power input, Speed, RPM, Battery Charge % and Throttle modes

Furniture

  • Recycled aluminum furniture structure, Proprietary ventilation system to prevent mildew or fungus, Aluminum Structure allows for plentiful and versatile storage 
  • Sustainability produced Vinyl furniture covering with recycled layered foam for comfort and recovery and triple stitched seams for greater strength and durability 
  • Dual Swiveling High Backed Captain's chairs, Dual convertible rear sun loungers and rear benches, Dual Front Lounge/bench seats 
  • Lounge arms with storage and USB charging ports 
  • Rear entry and swim platforms with rear area audio controls 
  • Privacy / Changing station curtain
Color Swatches for Prototype: Sustainably Created Vinyl
Color Swatches for Prototype: Sustainably Created Vinyl

Performance

VIS Boats' first generation boat performance simulations align with our purpose and goals. The Boats' top speed is slightly over 33 miles per hour in Performance Mode, and in Cruise Mode, at 12 miles per hour, the boat achieves 8.09 hours of run time.

Hydrodynamic Computer Simulation of Boat Speed
Hydrodynamic Computer Simulation of Boat Speed
Computer Simulated Run-Time compared to Speed
Computer Simulated Run-Time compared to Speed

Risks and challenges

There are risks associated with building our prototype design. We have run multiple simulations in various computer programs, but as with anything the real world has variables only true prototype testing can examine. The large capital purchases such as our motor and battery system must be to specifications and we have no room for error with these acquisitions. We have worked diligently with the engineers at these companies to ensure we mitigate this risk.

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    Friends and backers of VIS Boats

    Backer Acknowledgment Video and list on VISBOATS.com and VIS Boats' Social Media

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    VIS Boats' Logo Sticker

    4"x5.5" Multi-colored vinyl Logo Sticker

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    Tough Can Beverage Insulator

    Stainless Steel beverage can holder with black foam lining for a secure fit and maximum insulation for keeping your soda, or beverage cold!

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    VIS Boats' T-Shirt

    District Made Perfect Tri-Crew Tee with chest logo and large logo on the back of T-shirt.

    Three yarns form the perfect blending of softness and an easygoing look.

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    T-Shirt Koozie Sticker & Acknowledgment

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    Ticket for VIS Boats Premier Party

    Product Premier Party. Great party at Lake James, NC with Entertainment, food, and Beverages.

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    Personal Demo Ride

    An hour out on VIS Boats' demo boat with owners.

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    Premier Party Sponsorship

    Acknowledgment in multiple areas at Premier Party. Signage, Announcements, and on all Online media.

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    Acknowledgments and Signed Personal Picture with the VIS Team.

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Funding period

- (30 days)