Hinckley Yachts, the builder of America’s finest yachts for nearly 90 years, is not new to brining innovation into the luxury boating industry. In the 90s, the company launched its first Picnic Boat, called Dasher, which became hugely popular across the globe. Continuing its legacy of innovation, Hinckley has revived the Dasher moniker to introduce the world’s first fully electric luxury yacht. The new Dasher is a 28.5-foot fully electric vessel which has twin 80 hp electric inboard motors and BMW lithium batteries with enough juice to give it a 40-mile range at 10mph speed. It can reach a top speed of 28 mph.
Two years ago, we invited a bunch of engineers and designers, including America’s Cup gurus, software pros, and yacht designers, to discuss the future of yachting,” Scott Bryant, Hinckley’s head of product development, told RobbReport. “We came to the conclusion that the boat of the future needs to support the yachting experience of being with family and friends. That meant creating a boat that is quiet, simple, and has helm seat in the center so the captain can be part of the group.”
The electric luxury yacht sports a carbon-epoxy composite hull shape designed by Michael Peters to provide superior performance and handling. The Dasher weighs just 6,500 pounds making it the lightest boat Hinckley has ever built. Varnished teak has been replaced with Artisanal Teak, the company’s trademarked name for a molded composite structure hand-painted with wood grain to look “literally indistinguishable from real teak,” Bryant says. The luxury boat builder also used 3-D printing to manufacture the most complex parts of the helm console to reduce weight. The Dasher electric yacht was introduced at the 47th Newport International Boat Show and will also be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November.