UK Boating World
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Boat covers UK
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Outboard motors UK
How do I choose the
right engine for my craft ?
All the types and sizes for you boat
Carbon fibre spars UK
The advantages of carbon fibre tubes for modern spars
Dinghies to high speed monster RIBs
Classic wooden yachts UK
Beautiful antique craft
Gas powered generators
Which method is the
The courses and training
Be professional before you take to the water
Classic motor boats UK
Stunning craft from a bygone era
Life jackets UK
Types of life jacket, vest or buoyancy aid
How internet advertising has improved using
Corporate yacht charter
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used boats as an effective means of transportation for thousands of years. Many historians
believe that the ancient Greeks first began exploring the Aegean Sea more than 10,000 years ago.
According to legend, Dragon
Boat racing originated in China more than 2,300 years ago.
Electric boats have been plying waterways in
Europe since around 1890. In 1905 the 'Victory' was launched on the river Thames, at that time the largest electric
boat in the world. She was 93 feet long and wood built. The Victory could carry 350 passengers.
Before the internal combustion engine became
popular electric boating rivaled steam and horse drawn barges. Battery powered pleasure-boats were charged-up by
steam powered generators and overhead cables. In England canals provided a comprehensive network for working
narrow-boats carrying cargo.
After 1905 the internal combustion engine became popular, ironically, due the the invention of the
electric starter motor. Solar boats are electric boats, with independent, quiet and clean engines, whose
batteries store free energy from the sun.