In 2015 Budsin reintroduced our 18’7” Trouvé launch. The name fittingly honors Gustav Trouvé, the French inventor who built the first electric powered boat in 1881. These boats were originally designed to be IMG_4861quiet and pollution-free water taxis (as the photos of the green boat with the canopy show) but for more conventional pleasure boat use we incorporated a horseshoe shaped forward seat into the cockpit and implemented the same very practical side-mount tiller steering used on our other models. The Trouvé comfortably seats up to eight adults on Subrella® marine fabric cushions. The optional canopy features retractable boarding hatches to make entry and exit a breeze.
Hoist_full_croppedThe Trouvé features a hand laid fiberglass hull with molded-in sheer planks, which is a departure from our other wooden hulled models. The large battery bank is housed in a boxed keel under the floor, making for a very stable and smooth ride even in choppy water conditions, and allows the boat to be safely beached, adding to the boat’s versatility. Trouve boarding steps The cockpit was designed foremost for comfort–the high seat backs provide more than adequate support while the open design of the forward seat allows passengers plenty of legroom. The interior is crafted in exquisitely finished African mahogany on all Trouvé boats. Life jackets are conveniently stored behind the side seat backs–this keeps them easily accessible yet out of the way when not in use.