NM launches at Parc de la Mar
The Balearic brand 'Nauta Morgau', a pioneer in the production of electric and sustainable boats, is founded
The company eBoats Experience has presented its exclusive models, handcrafted in Portocolom, this morning at the Parc de la Mar.
The Balearic Islands are taking the lead in the future of sailing through a start-up capable of manufacturing boats that are one hundred percent sustainable and ecological. Nauta Morgau (which means \"sailor of tomorrow\" in Latin and Esperanto) is the new brand of the company eBoats Experience, pioneer in the production, rental and sale of electric, silent and non-polluting boats, built with wood while discarding plastic and fibreglass as materials that are harmful to the environment. These exclusive, recently manufactured boats were presented at the Parc de la Mar this morning by their founding CEO and mestre d'aixa ("master craftsman"), Marc Balaguer, and a group of investors. The project has two business lines: Nauta Morgau, which manufactures and sells boats, and eBoats Experience, which rents them out.
The event was attended by the president of the Balearic Islands Port Authority, Francesc Antich; the general director of Energy and Climate Change, Pep Malagrava; the general director of Industrial Policy, Antoni Morro; the councillor of Environment and Animal Welfare of Palma City Council, Ramón Vicenç Perpinyà, and the head of the Information Service and Business Talent of the Balearic Institute of Industrial Development (IDI), Pere Jiménez.
This project will place the the Balearic Islands at the forefront of sustainable sailing, its features being unique in Spain and Europe, at the present time. Its promoters are aware that future sailing has to be done in harmony and with absolute respect for the environment, using local, non-polluting materials (without harming the sea or air), developing the local economy and combining tradition and innovation: its production is handcrafted in a shipyard in Portocolom, with designs that combine the art and technique of the mestres d'aixa. \"We hope that this groundbreaking initiative can be exported to other territories and that it will set a new trend in sailing to help curb climate change and make the planet more habitable,\" said Balaguer, artisan entrepreneur. Nauta Morgau has received a grant from the IDI for the advantages of its impact on the environment, as opposed to its carbon footprint, and the digitalisation of the business. It works in collaboration with two companies, one specialising in electrical monitoring and the other which is a pioneer in intelligent navigation.
The two new boats, with a length of 5 metres, have benefited from the collaboration of the naval engineer Carlo Pietro Bomparola, based on the tradition and perfection of the llaüts, as a hallmark of the historical and cultural heritage of the Islands, but with the capacity to offer 100% customised designs with a sustainability mark. Unlike the traditional system, which uses boards, nails and oakum for the construction and watertightness of the hull, Nauta Morgau uses laminated wood, glued together to create a single body that provides complete watertightness, which is necessary for the installation of the electric motors and achieves a significant reduction in maintenance. This first model reflects the recognition of the landscape heritage of the Balearic coast, acknowledging and valuing the many years of improvement that the llaüts have incorporated. The línia d'aixa is the replica of hulls that have evolved over the centuries, applying the latest technology in shipbuilding.
The Nauta Morgau boats are equipped with autonomous loading systems as standard, i.e. they do not require additional installations to be used in public ports or private marinas, which helps to reduce the number of refuelling points and to improve the fluidity of port traffic. \"The more sustainable and electric boats are introduced into the current active fleet, the greater the present and future benefits we will have for our environment,\" adds Balaguer.
On the rental side, the company targets the hotel sector, tourist charter companies and mega yachts for their tenders, as well as private customers looking for an exclusive sailing experience in Mallorca. Its four boats are available in Cala d'Or, with the advantage of not needing a licence.