Your Green Life: "Symphony Boat Company"

By KBJR News 1

July 31, 2014 Updated Jul 31, 2014 at 7:18 AM CST

Duluth, mn
"Its always been a dream of mine to have a boat that is, really complements nature instead of going out an tearing up the water." says Marcel LaFond, the Owner of Symphony Boat Company.

Marcel LaFond is the owner of Symphony Boat Company. His idea was to build boats that have a harmony with nature. Nearly all the materials are sustainable or recyclable.

LaFond says, "So these boats are built with an aluminum skin, a foam core, which is kind of a sandwich material, so underneath this skin is a one inch thick flat core that's made out of recycled milk jugs and things."

Other than some Mahogany trim to class it up, all the wood comes from one of the fastest growing plants in the world.

"On this particular boat I actually used bamboo, and of course bamboo you can cut and immediately more bamboo starts to grow right from the root system" says LaFond.

The propulsion of the boats was also taken into consideration. LaFond decided the only green way was the electric way.

LaFond says, "Well its and outboard motor but because I wanted to preserve the looks of the boat I tucked it in this little recess behind here... The lithium battery is down here"

With a full charge this boat can run anywhere between 6 and 10 hours, and with an electric motor there is very little vibration and almost no noise.

"Its all about just enjoying your ride and not going necessarily fast or covering a lot of distance." LaFond said.

LaFond says people will be able to rent a Symphony boat at Canal Park Boat Rental sometime in August.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch