US boatbuilder The Hinckley Company has unveiled 'Dasher', describing it as the world’s first fully electric luxury yacht.
Offering zero emissions, the 28ft vessel is equipped with twin 80hp electric motors and dual BMW i3 lithium ion batteries. It accepts dual 50 amp charging cables, standard on most docks, enabling it to gain full charge in under four hours – twice as fast as the most popular plug-in electric cars.
Dasher has a range of 40 miles at cruising speed of 10mph, and 20-25 miles at fast cruising of 18-27mph.
“We’ve always worked to combine the latest technology with cutting-edge naval architecture to do what has not yet been done,” says Peter O’Connell, Hinckley president and CEO.
“The Hinckley Whisper Drive silent propulsion system combines the latest hydrodynamics, electric power and digital control systems to achieve the performance handling and maneuverability that discerning clients will expect,” he adds.
Reservations are now being accepted for delivery in summer 2018.
Hinckley builds jetboats and sailboats from 29ft-55ft and boasts a network of service yards from Maine to Florida. The company also owns Hunt Yachts and Morris Yachts, which it acquired in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
Dasher, which takes its name from hull #1 of Hinckley’s original Picnic Boat, picked up the Green Boat Award and was named Best Powerboat Under 35ft at the Newport International Boat Show last week.