90-year old American luxury yachts builder, the Hinckley Company, has unveiled Dasher which is the world’s first fully electric luxury yacht. It was designed from the outset for fully electric propulsion.
The yacht powers her 28 feet 6 inches with twin 80hp electric motors and dual BMW i3 lithium ion batteries.
The builder said the feat signifies a new standard of excellence pairing modern styling with hi-tech composite construction.
Peter O’Connell, President and CEO of The Hinckley Company said his company has always worked to combine the latest technology with cutting edge naval architecture to do what has not yet been done.
Dasher has a carbon-epoxy composite hull shape designed by Michael Peters to provide superior performance and handling – this is in addition to hand-painted, lightweight composite Artisanal Teak, every ounce of weight has been shaved and sculpted.
Hinckley stated that titanium hardware and console details were both 3D printed to achieve shapes and a level of precision unavailable in typical construction methods.
“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,” said O’Connell.
The builder added that the yacht’s unique selling points include its quiet propulsion, zero emissions and zero time lost at the fueling dock. Furthermore, Dasher accepts dual 50 amp charging cables, standard on most docks, making it possible for the yacht to charge twice as fast as the most popular plug-in electric cars.
It gains a full charge in under 4 hours with dual 50amp charging, her cruising speed is 10mph with fast cruising at 18-27 mph, and, according to Hinckley, its range is 40 miles at cruising speed and 20-25 miles at fast cruising speeds.
Reservations are now being accepted for delivery in Summer 2018.