19′ Trouvé

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19’ Trouvé Electric Launch

The Trouvé model name fittingly honors Gustav Trouvé, the French inventor who built the first electric powered boat in 1881.  These boats were originally designed to be IMG_4861quiet and pollution-free water taxis (as the photos of the green boat with the canopy show) but for more conventional pleasure boat use we incorporated a horseshoe shaped forward seat into the cockpit and implemented the same very practical side-mount tiller steering used on our other models.   The Trouvé comfortably seats up to eight adults on Subrella® marine fabric cushions.  The optional canopy features retractable boarding hatches to make entry and exit a breeze.

Hoist_full_croppedThe Trouvé  features a hand laid fiberglass hull with molded-in sheer planks, which is a departure from our other wooden hulled models.  The large battery bank is housed in a boxed keel under the floor, making for a very stable and smooth ride even in choppy water conditions, and allows the boat to be safely beached, adding to the boat’s versatility. Trouve boarding steps The cockpit was designed foremost for comfort–the high seat backs provide more than adequate support while the open design of the forward seat allows passengers plenty of legroom. The interior is crafted in exquisitely finished African mahogany on all Trouvé  boats.  Life jackets are conveniently stored behind the side seat backs–this keeps them easily accessible yet out of the way when not in use.

The decks are offered in three different configurations: (1) easy-to-maintain and economical fiberglass, (2) super durable and sustainable cork (very easy care) and, (3) expertly hand crafted varnished mahogany (the varnished mahogany option is shown in all these photos).  The Trouvé  offers an optional built in cooler located in the fore deck–this cooler holds a couple bags of ice and about twelve drinks and simply drains overboard as the ice melts, so it is very easy to care for. There is a surprisingly large storage areas under the fore deck, and a couple smaller but convenient areas under the aft decks.  We offer a few different types of custom sewn Sunbrella covers to keep the boat looking good for years.

Fore deck of our Trouve water taxi boats that have the driver sitting forward in his own cockpit area. Click to enlarge.


  • Seats up to 8 adults

  • Length 18'7", Beam 6'5", Draft 19"

  • Weight 2,400 pounds

  • 6-knot top speed (up to 7 hours)

  • 5-knot cruising speed (up to 10 hours)

  • Full depth boxed keel

  • On-board fully automatic battery charger

  • Two automatic bilge pumps

  • Interior courtesy lights
  • Running Gear:In-board 2.4 Kw 24 V permanent magnet DC motor coupled to a stainless steel shaft and bronze three-blade propeller
  • Six 275 A/hour maintenance free AGM batteries
  • Construction:
  • Hand-laid fiberglass hull with molded-in sheer plank

  • Varnished mahogany, imitation teak or painted fiberglass decks

  • Varnished mahogany seat bulkhead/trim and ceiling strips

  • Oiled sapele flooring, boarding steps

  • Easy-care Sunbrella® cushions