Nautique’s Super Air Nautique 230 E eschews fossil fuel in favor of dual, brushless, permanent-magnet electric motors, marinized by LTSmarine. Tucked below a clear panel and ringed with neon-blue LEDs (flux capacitor, anyone?), these motors look out of this world but produce down-to-earth specs. Peak power is 80 kW per motor for a total of 160 kW. The continuous power rating is 110 kW. Maximum torque at the prop is a wake-sports-friendly 625 foot-pounds.
When I reached for the start button I realized the 230 E’s motor was already running. It is completely silent at idle. Powering away at low speeds I heard the faint hum of the water pump and the soft whir of the belt drive connecting the motors through a transfer case to the prop shaft. At running speeds my decibel meter peaked at 79, the sound of water rushing against the hull.