Working in collaboration with RS Electric Boats, Design Unlimited is delighted to have been involved with development of the Pulse 63 – an electric RIB with supercharged potential.
The Pulse 63 builds on the overwhelmingly positive response to the RS Pulse 58, the world’s first electric RIB with a fully integrated electric drive, which was launched at Dusseldorf Boat Show 2020.
The Pulse 63 is a next generation model offering four variations to suit usage requirements: Leisure, Commercial, Coaching and Superyacht. RS Electric Boats has tailored each specification to suit the different requirements of these four key markets, and buyers can customise their electric RIB to suit their own specific needs.
With the hull platform confirmed, RS Electric Boats turned to Design Unlimited for design of the tubes, cockpit ergonomics, sea access, sun protection and development of the various models for different user configuration. The Design Unlimited team was also responsible for the exterior colours, graphics and wider aesthetics.
Special consideration was given to user practicality. The cockpit is noticeably beamier than that of comparable RIBs and the Pulse 63 is incredibly spacious for her given size, affording even greater versatility of use. Side step access avoids the need for users to step on or climb over the tubes and with no outboard motor, there’s fantastic aft access to the water.
“Our involvement with the project came about through our personal connection to RS Sailing – the sister company of RS Electric Boats. We’ve owned eight of their sailing yachts over the years and we jumped at the opportunity to be involved with this revolutionary electric RIB. This natural synergy was a special aspect of the working relationship. Drawing on the 25-year experience of RS Sailing and our own 21 years’ in business, we’re all extremely excited to bring the Pulse 68 to the market place.” – Mark Tucker, Design Unlimited.
The Pulse 63 is 6.3m in length and features an efficient hull shape that reduces drag and promotes quick acceleration, with a top speed of 23 knots. The drive system is set flush into the transom, allowing for more onboard space and the 46kw Hyperdrive battery pack provides up to 400v of power to the RAD drive, resulting in extended range, excellent manoeuvrability and minimal maintenance. The batteries can be charged to full power in eight hours on the dock overnight or in just 50 minutes via a three-phase charging point.
Designed to make commercial marine activities productive and on-water leisure time fun whilst also being kind to the planet, the Pulse 63 is built using sustainable materials and is entirely emissions-free. The hull is constructed from sustainable PET (recycled bottles), natural flax fibre and wood. The Pulse 63 is constructed and assembled in the UK, giving the team greater control over quality and ensuring that the boats are built in a considered and sustainable way.