Eco-friendly and lavish? You bet. While a yacht is an out-of-reach investment for many, there’s no harm in appreciating the world’s first fully-electric yacht which was designed by Hinckley. With twin 80 horsepower electric motors and waterproof BMS i3 lithium-ion batteries, the vessel is designed for smooth sailing on the open waters.
The Dasher yacht, which made its debut on Inhabitat, is completely powered by electricity and is zero-emissions. Said Scott Bryant, the director of New Product Development, “Hinckley started building boats in 1928. We’ve been known for building timeless boats built in the Maine tradition, and we’ve always been known for not just innovating for the sake of innovating, but using technology to augment the user experience.”
The yacht is 28′ and 6” in length and can cruise through waters at speeds of 10 miles per hour (mph). At this pace, it has a range of about 40 miles. When cranked up to 18 to 27 miles, its range decreased to approximately 20-25 miles. Thanks to dual 50 amp charging cables, the yacht can be charged back up within 4 hours.
Hinckley went the extra mile to ensure the Dasher is as technologically up-to-date as possible. Not only is the motor quiet and gentle-sounding, there is a touchscreen in the cabin the captain can use to see the travel radius before the batteries need to be recharged. The console also reveals what percentage of battery power remains.
As the photos reveal, the open layout provides a welcoming, comfortable environment for guests to relax and converse. And, there’s even a retractable windshield so the captain can join in on all the fun. Said Bryant, “That’s the core experience: having the owner sitting here, casually running the boat; you’ve got all your people around you, you’re enjoying this time, you’re close to the water, you can hear the water. It becomes a very authentic boating experience.”
The Rhode Island-based company is presently accepting orders for the fully-electric yacht, which will be delivered by next summer.
Following are photos of the world’s first fully-electric yacht:
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