Sep 15, 2017 | By Tess

Hinckley, a Maine-based yacht manufacturer, recently unveiled what it is calling the world’s first “fully electric luxury yacht.” Called Dasher, the eco-friendly and innovative boat also integrates some specially designed metal 3D printed components.

Since the 1920s, Hinckley has prided itself on manufacturing “timeless and highly innovative yachts.” As Peter O’Connell, the President and CEO of the company, states: “We have a long tradition of innovation in pursuit of the perfect yachting experience. From the early use of fiberglass in the Bermuda 40 in the 1960s to the adoption of jet drives on the category-defining Picnic Boat, we've always worked to combine the latest technology with cutting edge naval architecture to do what has not yet been done.”

The company’s newest product, Dasher, boasts a number of forward-thinking features, the most notable of which is probably the fact that the yacht is entirely electric.

Powered by twin 80hp electric motors and dual BMW i3 lithium ion batteries, the yacht can be driven with zero emissions and in almost absolute silence. For a boat spanning 28 feet 6 inches, that is pretty impressive.

"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," adds O'Connell.

Additionally, Hinckley says its new yacht can be charged using dual 50 amp charging cables, which work twice as efficiently as standard electric car charging stations. The boat can purportedly reach a full charge in less than four hours.

The next most impressive features about the Dasher are a number of 3D printed titanium parts that were specially designed to optimize the boat’s function and, of course, style.

According to the company, 3D printing was used to make certain hardware and console details, and the technology allowed it to “achieve shapes and a level of precision unavailable in typical construction methods.”

Named after Hinckley’s original Picnic Boat hull #1, Dasher is built from a hull made from a strong but lightweight carbon-epoxy composite named Artisanal Teak. The hull, which was hand-painted, was painstakingly designed by Michael Peters.

If you’re wondering how fast a fully electric yacht can cruise, Hinckley says the new model can reach speeds of 27 mph, but has a regular cruising speed of 10 mph. After all, how fast do you really want to be going when you’re lounging on a yacht?

Hinckley says it is now taking reservations for its new electric luxury yacht, and customers can expect their boats to be delivered next summer.



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Downeasta wrote at 9/15/2017 4:42:57 PM:

LOL talk about getting something WRONG! Hinkley is on MDI (Mount Desert Isand) in Maine. If you visited their website you linked you would have found that. Nice blunder.

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