By Lauren Jade Hill
The luxury yacht builders Hinckley has been making waves for almost 90 years, throughout which time the outfit has become known for its innovative spirit. This point was recently proven once again with the unveiling of Dasher, the world’s first fully electric luxury yacht.
Named after the original Picnic Boat hull #1, Dasher was designed from the outset for fully electric propulsion and is distinguished by its carbon-epoxy composite hull shape, created for superior performance and handling. Hand-painted, lightweight composite artisanal teak has been shaved and sculpted, making it the lightest Hinckley yacht ever made, and the titanium hardware and console details were 3D printed. The 28-ft boat is then powered with twin 80hp electric motors and dual BMW i3 lithium ion batteries.
Peter O’Connell, president and CEO of Hinckley, says: “Since 1928 Hinckley has pioneered beautiful, timeless and highly innovative yachts. 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 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.”
Compatible with dual 50 amp charging cables, the yacht charges fully in less than four hours, after which it has a cruising speed of 10mph and fast cruising speed of 18-27mph; at a cruising speed of 10mph the range is 40 miles. With quiet propulsion, zero emissions and no time spent at the fueling dock, this new yacht is bound to prove its appeal.