Correct Craft’s quiet aluminium fishing boat project, being developed by its Watershed Innovation think-tank and the University of Central Florida (UCF), will be showcased next week at the state-wide Florida Engineering Senior Design Invitational at Florida Atlantic University.

Fourteen fourth-year UCF students from multiple disciplines will showcase their year-long project to develop a quiet aluminium fishing boat with electric propulsion using advanced technologies including computational fluid dynamics and electric propulsion to create a boat that is both lightweight to maximise range and be ultra-quiet.

In a news release from Correct Craft, UCF Professor Mark Steiner said: “The quiet aluminium fishing boat project is clearly one of the most exciting senior design projects this year in the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science. As a large interdisciplinary team participating on a real-world project, they haven’t faced a challenge they haven’t succeeded in. Every student involved should be very proud of their accomplishments in creating this boat.”

The Engineering Senior Design Invitational is a relatively new collaborative initiative by 10 deans of Florida’s engineering colleges, including The University of Florida, Florida Atlantic University, University of Miami, Embry-Riddle, FIU, UCF and more. Each university selects two to three of their best senior design projects for showcasing alongside other universities’ projects.

The project is a collaboration with engineers from SeaArk, Correct Craft’s aluminium fishing boat company; Torqeedo, maker of electric boat drives, and SeaDek, a maker of marine non-skid surface products.