Watershed Innovations, is partnering with the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Senior Engineering Design Program to develop a quiet aluminium fishing boat with electric propulsion.

Watershed is a technology initiative of the Correct Craft boat company that invests in early-stage, high-growth companies with emerging technologies that can be integrated into boat design, including energy and propulsion, artificial intelligence, software and analytics, advanced materials, sensors, wireless, robotics and automation.

The project will be done in collaboration with engineers from SeaArk Boats, Correct Craft’s aluminium fishing boat division. The Senior Design Program is a yearlong project for engineering students to work with companies and faculty advisors to design, build and test prototypes so that they can display their talents and gain real world experience.

UCF students will apply advanced technologies including computational fluid dynamics and electric propulsion to create a boat that is both lightweight to maximise range and ultra-quiet to help catch more fish.

"Partnering with companies for senior design gives our students a unique opportunity to work in a real-world environment. It also gives local companies access to a pipeline of qualified candidates. It’s a win-win,” Dr. Mark Steiner, the UCF engineering professor supporting the project, said in a company news release.

Correct Craft president and CEO Bill Yeargin describes the partnership as “an exciting collaboration.”

"We are investing millions of dollars into Watershed in an effort to capitalize on global trends that will change the world," Yeargin said, “Our vision is to not only improve the marine industry, but also to progress in research and development.”

The company describes Watershed as “flexible and open to a variety of partnership arrangements –– from co-development to licensing to acquisition –– and doing so without the confines of ROI-based investing.”