MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s been decades since anyone has gone water skiing on Minneapolis lakes because of a ban on gas motors. On Monday, however, water skiing returned to Lake Harriet.

A downtown Hopkins company makes electric boats, which can reach speeds up to 22 MPH.

Watch James Schugel report above.

Comments (7)
  1. Mary Markes says:

    What happened to MN boating law requiring a spotter in the boat along with the driver, plus enough space to pick up an injured/tired/discouraged skier?

    1. Todd says:

      It would depend on how it is registered. If it is considered a boat, then the operator only requires a rear-view mirror. If it is considered a ‘personal water craft’ (PWC) then the observer rule applies.

      Since you sit ‘in’ the boat and not ‘on’ the boat, it would not be considered a PWC by the MN definition (2011 MN boating guide, pages 34-36)

      Personally I think this is pushing the intent of the law and that ‘motor boats’ (steam, gas, diesel, electric, etc) should be prohibited on these lakes.

  2. Jake says:

    Dumbest thing I ever saw. I remember when 200 mph hydroplanes raced on that lake, now THAT was COOL.

  3. mhindin says:

    Yesterday while I was setting up sailboats, WCCO was filming individuals water skiing on Lake Harriet. They were throwing wakes around the Sailing Dock with no regard for others using the dock. I have no objection to electric boats per se. They would make wonderful replacements for the outboards required for safety boats, which could eliminate gasoline motors altogether. They would make great tenders. I object to waterskiing and excessive speed on the few lakes designated as non motorized. Fisherman with trolling motors certainly don’t attain water skiing speeds (reported at 22 MPH.). The city lakes are the few places in the region where people can paddle or sail without being buzzed by personal water craft or fight powerful motor boat wakes. There are are plenty of motorized lakes (10,000) to go fast and water ski. There are only a few lakes in the region that are reserved for paddlers, fisherman and sailors.

    These boats are not all that environmentally friendly. Most will be charged with energy from coal fired power plants. There are a lot of petroleum based products in the hull and solvents and other chemicals used in production. What chemicals are used in making the batteries and how will the batteries be disposed of?

    1. Dan Nike says:

      You ;ve got to be kidding me. This is the most enviroment friendly product I have ever seen. Where can I buy one or two of these?

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