Electric punt Voltaire at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show


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There’s always much to admire at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show, and some of the craft on show become quite familiar over time.

This electric punt is one I’ve seen several times, and it’s a bit of a favourite – not only is it an elegant and beautifully cared for boat, but it has the power to glide almost silently. The contrast with the ubiquitous infernal combustion engine is enough to make one want to stretch out in the sun – that forward area would be a good place – and sigh.

It’s a nice touch also that it bears the name of a famous philosopher and experimenter in natural philosophy.

If you like river punts like Voltaire, also see the following posts:

Henry Taunt’s 19th Century photos of the Thames

Punts galore at Oxford

Free online boatbuilding plans for a racing punt

3 thoughts on “Electric punt Voltaire at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show”

  1. For those of us who think of punts as awkward and clunky, like the usual cargo punt, this one is a surprise. What a fine looking boat! Thanks for the photo!

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