Le Boat

May 09, 2011 15:22 ET

The New Le Boat 1500 -- Ready for Action This Summer

CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - Le Boat's new Le Boat 1500 Series has beaten all sales targets and is now 99% sold for the 2011 vacation season. She has successfully completed all water and technical trials and the first 29 boats are on schedule to be delivered to Le Boat's bases across France and Germany by the end of May.

Boasting an advanced pod-drive system and hybrid (diesel/electric) cruising, the Le Boat 1500 Series offers a host of technical features never before seen on inland waterways cruisers, as well as superior levels of comfort and on-board facilities.

Above all, cruising under electric power via a hi-tech electric engine and bank of batteries that are kept topped up by solar energy, the Le Boat 1500 provides environmentally-conscious customers with a truly green vacation option.

Key features of the Le Boat 1500 include:

  • Super-easy maneuvering via the joy-stick on the upper deck: The joy-stick allows the boat to turn 360 degrees as well as forwards, sideways, backwards and diagonally in all directions. Le Boat customers will be able to dock and maneuver the boat in locks with the lightest of touches and minimal effort. The joy-stick is connected to the boat's hi-tech pod-drive system. Revolutionary for an inland waterways cruiser, the pod can turn 90 degrees in each direction and replaces the need for a rudder, enabling the boat to turn in all directions. Customers continue to steer the boat with a normal steering wheel using a marine-style throttle for speed control and a bow thruster provides additional easy-docking capabilities.

  • Green cruising: A single hi-performance solar panel provides continuous green energy to the boat's bank of lightweight, high performance battery bank (produced by Valance). In addition, the boat's unique hull design ensures minimal energy to move through the water, thereby protecting the wildlife habitats and bank-sides, preventing erosion.

  • Quiet engine efficiency: Latest diesel engine (produced by Volkswagen Marine) offers unbeatable fuel efficiency and emission control, as well as low noise and vibration levels.

  • Silent electric cruising: Hi tech electric motor (produced by ZF) acts as both a propulsion electric engine allowing cruising under electric-only power and as a generator of electric power for use on board the boat. ZERO exhaust emissions are achieved when cruising under electric power.

  • Designer interior & exterior: All cabins have full-sized twin/double beds, TV/DVD players and are en-suite for maximum privacy and comfort. All parts of the boat have individually controlled heating and air-conditioning. The large open plan kitchen/saloon area is equipped with 220v appliances such as an extra-large fridge/freezer, gas oven, hob and microwave and TV/DVD player for real home-from-home holiday cruising. Panoramic views from the large bow area create a wonderful sense of light and space.

  • Fully equipped, spacious top deck: Unbeatable top deck space and seating for 10 adults on the top deck makes for an exceptional outdoor cruising experience. There is plenty of sunbathing space for three adults on the fly bridge and an electric BBQ, bar refrigerator; sink and prep area ensure that alfresco dining is easily available. A collapsible bimini (sun shade) covering the entire top deck provides shade for captain and crew as required.

Built by renowned yacht-building company Groupe Bénéteau in France, two models of the new Le Boat 1500 Series join the Le Boat fleet this season.

  • The Le Boat 15-03 (6+4) sleeps six adults comfortably in three cabins. An optional fold-down bed in each cabin sleeps three extra and there is room for one extra in the convertible saloon area.

  • The Le Boat 15-04 (8+1) sleeps eight adults comfortably in four cabins with room for one extra in the convertible saloon area.

Commenting on the eagerly anticipated arrival of the new Le Boat 1500 Series, Cheryl Powell, Le Boat's Chief Operating Officer, says: "The Le Boat 1500 Series has beaten all our sales targets -- our customers can't get enough of her! Cruising on board is like child's play, she is just so easy to maneuver and so responsive to steer. We have made a huge effort to ensure she really does offer outstanding on-board comforts and facilities too, making her the best boat on the waterways for a truly exceptional holiday cruising experience."

Editor's Note: Le Boat, the largest operator of self-drive boating vacations on Europe's waterways, operates its own fleet of 1000+ self-drive cruisers from a network of over 40 departure bases across eight European countries. Le Boat brings together over 40 years of experience in Canal and waterway cruising. Visit for more information.

Contact Information

  • Media & Photo Contact:
    Shannan Brennan
    US Product Manager, Le Boat
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