Innovative Tour of the Elkhorn Slough
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Fully Electric Catamaran to change the Face of Eco Tourism on the Elkhorn Slough

SAN FRANCISCO - Californer -- Monterey Eco Tours is a new company on the local charter boat scene with tours up the Elkhorn Slough ( Monterey Bay Eco Tours partnered with Moss Landing Boatworks for an operating base with the objective to operate a viable tourism business while changing the face of the charter boat industry, both locally and beyond.

Their guiding philosophy is that viewing the natural beauty of Monterey  Bay and the Elkhorn Slough should have minimal impact on the wildlife and environment. A great step in that direction is the elimination or massive reduction of the noise and pollution caused by fossil fuel-powered engines. Utilizing the ancient form of the canoe below the waterline, combined with modern design additions and materials, an extremely light, efficient catamaran can be built making it possible to power the vessel with electric motors.

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The first boat under construction for  Monterey Bay Eco Tours will be the  El Cat, which will be a fully electric, 32 passenger, Coast Guard-certified vessel. This is a custom 36' catamaran built and designed especially for the waters of our very own Elkhorn Slough ( The aforementioned canoe-shaped hull form,  with some added design attributes which allow for more comfort while retaining efficiency, is incorporated to provide the best passenger experience possible while minimizing the impact on an environmental source that is recovering. This vessel will rely entirely on electric power and will essentially run silently.

As planned, the tour will be an hour and a half from the loading dock at the Moss Landing Boatworks marina, which is located at the very end of the spit in Moss Landing. Elkhorn Slough is an incredibly diverse and fragile ecosystem that is vital to the health and vitality of Monterey Bay. The Slough is a nursery for fish, a haven for birds, and a filter for the system of rivers and creeks that run into the bay. It is vital we take care of this body of water for future generations. Monterey Bay Eco Tours will provide an amazing way to educate the public about this precious resource aboard an electric vessel, gliding silently through the water so as not to disturb the flocks of migrating birds, families of sea otters, seals, leopard sharks, and many more species of marine animals. How incredible is it to be a part of something so groundbreaking in its technology on Elkhorn Slough (

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Wendy Kitchell

Source: Monterey Bay Eco Tours

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