For half a million dollars this exquisite all-electric super yacht from Hinckley could be yours. Baroque Yachts finds out all the details
Yacht builder Hinckley has just revealed its latest creation – the first all-electric super yacht in the world. The brand, which has been in operation for almost 90 years, unveiled its creation, a 28.6-foot electric luxury yacht called the Dasher, at the 47th Newport International Boat Show in September 2017.
There have been other electric yachts (including luxury ones) before – right up to the 1920s in fact, before the internal combustion engine took over. And then there is Duffy Electric Boats, a company that has been creating electric vessels since the late 1960s. So what sets Hinckley’s ‘The Dasher’ apart? For starters, no other sea-going vessel has ever attempted to sail in choppy seas. All the previous electric vessels sailed in calm waters. You’ll find the Duffy boats sailing along at a top speed of 5 or 6 miles per hour in marinas around the world. But that’s about it. They certainly don’t venture out to sea.
But The Dasher does. It’s been designed to venture forth into the open seas and sail at a much faster speed. This is a vessel on a completely different level.
Designed by Michael Peters, The Dasher has twin 80 horsepower electric motors, and uses two 40 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion batteries, the very same ones used by German automaker BMW in their extraordinary electric BMWi3 vehicle. The batteries provide the yacht with a range of 40 miles when driven at the cruising speed of 10 miles per hour. Of course, if the yacht cruises at faster speeds – say anything between 18 to 27 miles per hour – then the range would be cut in half.
It takes under four hours to fully charge The Dasher using the dual 50-amp charging cable, which is a standard on most docks, according to Hinckley. The vessel is light in comparison to other yachts: it was hand-painted with an epoxy substance that resembles Hinckley’s varnished teak finish, but it’s lighter and easier to maintain than real teak wood. Hinckley used 3D printing for its titanium hardware and for the boat’s console details.
Hinckley has every reason to be proud of The Dasher: the company has been at the forefront of yacht design since it first started operating in 1928. It has built a reputation for beautiful, innovative and timeless yachts. And The Dasher is no exception. If you are interested in purchasing The Dasher, be aware that it has a hefty price tag or approximately half a million dollars, and can be ordered now, for delivery in summer 2018.
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