Zebra is an electric boat with a classic style designed by Parisian industrial designer, Dimitri Bez. Inspired by the timeless 1947 Sea Maid Wooden Ski Boat, the Zebra is outfitted with a unique pattern of diagonally placed wood and chrome slats. The boat also features a high performance electric motor and a curved OLED touchscreen tablet for the dashboard.
While a significant majority of water vessels are powered by diesel engines, with sail power and gasoline engines also remaining popular, boats powered by electricity have been used for over 120 years. Electric boats were very popular from the 1880s until the 1920s, when the internal combustion engine took dominance. Since the energy crises of the 1970s, interest in this quiet and potentially renewable marine energy source has been increasing steadily again, especially as solar cells became available, for the first time making possible motorboats with an infinite range like sailboats.
Bez’s classic, yet fine-tuned and updated style of the dapper Zebra boat is designed for the modernist who appreciates both innovation and time-honored design.
Photography courtesy of Dimitri Bez