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Morton Ray
Ray Electric Outboards
Inventor and Founder

When I was tinkering with motors and boats as a young man in Kentucky in the 1940's, I had no idea that someday I would be telling people about the Ray Electric Outboard through the Internet. Back then there was no World Wide Web, in fact there were no computers. Things sure have come a long way, to include the Ray Electric Outboard.

In fact, I've come a long way since my tinkering days in Kentucky. Most notably was a West Point education and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology. However, when it came to my success in developing the Ray Electric Outboard, I must say that Andrew Carnegie said it best when mentioning his own successes, "My heart was in the work."

The idea of developing an actual electric outboard came to back in 1970, when I was watching electric boats on Lake Barcroft in Virginia. At the time these boats were powered by gasoline outboards that had been converted to electric. The idea was OK, but they were noisy and not very dependable. Seeking a better concept, I built my first prototypes in my basement in Annandale, Virginia in 1973. I referred to my motors as a "primary source of power" to distinguish them from the trolling motors people were using.

I did it all, except for some help from Dot, my late wife. I made the patterns, the furnace to melt the aluminum, the molds and machined the castings and other parts on a Sears lathe. When we poured the aluminum into the molds, it was Dot's job to hold one end of the shank. The first eight outboards were made in my basement. After that I had the casting pour in a factory in Baltimore, Maryland.

award.pngToday, an expert crew manufactures the most reliable, powerful and efficient electric outboard on the market today in a modern facility located in Cape Coral, Florida. Though the motor has gone through many changes and has been modified over the years, the one thing that has driven our sales is the reliability. I am proud to say, that since my first motor was manufactured back in 1974 and of the thousands of motors manufactured since then, approximately 99% of our motors are still in service. Personally, I think that speaks volumes about our reliability.

Speaking of things I thought I would never do when I was growing up, I certainly never thought I would be manufacturing my own boat line. However, a number of years ago, I realized there weren't a lot of boats specifically designed for electric power in today's market. I applied my engineering skills to the problem, designing a boat line that features a true displacement hulls, which provide the optimum platform to efficiently move a boat through the water at non-planing speeds. (Library: The Future of Electric Boats)

Displacement hulls take less power, float shallower and provide a better platform for electric boats to run efficiently and for longer distances. I have stated throughout this website that the Ray E-boats will reach speeds of almost 8 mph and cruise at 6+ mph for up to 12 hours on a single charge. There are not many electric boats that can match our performance.

The Ray E-boats are the most reliable, versatile and efficient electric boats on the market today.

If the high cost of fuel, maintenance and excessive noise of a gasoline powered boats are keeping you from enjoying your time on the water, then maybe it's time to enjoy the experience in a reliable and cost efficient Ray E-boat.

Again, thank you for visiting our web site. I hope that you will take the time to thoroughly explore our site. You will find that electric boating is a hassle-free, relaxing lifestyle that countless people, such as yourself, are discovering all over the world.

Stay charged,
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