The Austrian shipyard unveils new designs and projects – months before the first of a series of premieres
Michael Frauscher, managing director of Austria’s Frauscher Boats, promised “evolution and revolution” to 300 invited guests at a presentation of new projects at Frauscher’s shipyard in Ohlsdorf, near Lake Traunsee in the Salzkammergut, last night.
During the event, Frauscher presented technical innovations and new products in the production halls, which are expected to be presented next year as world premieres.
Open versions of bigger boat models
The launch of three new models is planned for 2019. The first will be the Frauscher 1017 GT Air, which will have its world premiere at boot 2019 in Düsseldorf. The yard also gave a sneak preview of the open version of the Frauscher 1414 Demon, which – like all open versions – is called Air. The Austrian shipyard’s largest model, which has won several boat awards, has sold more than 20 times since its launch in 2016.
The two new Air models differ from their cabin model counterparts by the fact they offer even more space and new high-quality details. The first-class driving characteristics will be almost identical, as the Air models are based on the same hulls as the Frauscher 1414 Demon and respectively the 1017 GT.
Michael Frauscher, responsible for production and development in the management board, explains: “We see ourselves as engineers of emotions. In our development work, we focus both on technical innovations and on design.”
The shipyard’s goal is described by him as “offering always the best and – at the same time – the most beautiful boats of their class on the market.”
Pioneer in electric boats for 63 years
With the presentation of two projects in cooperation with BMW and Torqeedo, Frauscher also focused on its origins as a pioneer of electric boat manufacturing. In 1955, the founder of the shipyard, Hans Frauscher, grandfather of today’s family management board, launched the first electric Frauscher boats.
The electric propulsion systems offered by the shipyard from now on are now more powerful and efficient. This is ensured by the new 150hp Torqeedo Deep Blue motor system and the use of the latest battery technologies from the automotive industry. The BMW i3 battery, marinised by Torqeedo, was presented at the METSTRADE Show in Amsterdam last week. This battery offers a 30% increase in efficiency and a significantly higher range and potential top speed.
Unusual E-concept – still secret
An “absolute future highlight”, according to Stefan Frauscher, managing director for strategic marketing and sales, was presented by the shipyard under non-disclosure terms during the presentation. It was the first impressions of a new boat named Frauscher 777 Specter. Details about this highly efficient electric boat, which will be launched in autumn 2019, are not yet available publicly.
The new boat may set again new standards in terms of efficiency, manoeuvrability and design, said Frauscher at the Traunsee shipyard.