Hinckley, a builder of American luxury yachts for nearly 90 years, recently unveiled “Dasher” – the world’s first fully electric luxury yacht. Taking a page out of the composite industry trendsetter BMW i3 the yacht features dual BMW i3 lithium ion batteries, as well as twin 80hp electric motors.
It accepts dual 50 amp charging cables, standard on most docks, so it can charge twice as fast as the most popular plug-in electric cars. Dasher gains a full charge in under four hours with dual 50 amp charging. The yacht’s cruising speed is 10mph with fast cruising at 18-27 mph. Is range is 40 miles at cruising speed and 20-25 miles at fast cruising speeds.
According to Hinckley, Dasher is its lightest yacht ever. The 28.5 ft. yacht achieves its light weight through composite construction. It features a carbon-epoxy composite hull as well as carbon stringers. The yacht also features 3-D printed titanium hardware and console detailing to achieve shapes and a level of precision unavailable in typical construction methods.
Dasher also marks Hinckley’s debut of “Artisanal Teak,” a lightweight hand-painted epoxy composite that has Hinckley’s signature varnished teak look without the weight or maintenance costs of traditional varnished teak wood.