Hinckley, the American luxury yacht builders, have announced an interesting crossover in EV technology. The Dasher is the world’s first fully electric luxury yacht and it’s twin 80HP motors are powered by dual BMW i3 batteries. It makes sense for the boating world to embrace electric power because most marina berths already have “50 amp charging ports” for most vessels anyway.
Designed from the outset for fully electric propulsion, Dasher achieves a new standard of excellence pairing modern styling with hi-tech composite construction.
“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 1960’s 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,” said Peter O’Connell, President and CEO of The Hinckley Company.
Dasher sports a carbon-epoxy composite hull shape designed by Michael Peters to provide superior performance and handling. With hand-painted, lightweight composite Artisanal Teak, every ounce of weight has been shaved and sculpted.
Titanium hardware and console details were both 3D printed to achieve shapes and a level of precision unavailable in typical construction methods.
Dasher powers her 28 feet 6 inches with twin 80hp electric motors and dual BMW i3 lithium ion batteries. “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.
“You’re enjoying this time, you’re close to the water, you can hear the water. It becomes a very authentic boating experience,” Director of New Product Development Scott Bryant said.
Quiet propulsion, zero emissions and zero time lost at the fueling dock make Dasher the best way to spend time on the water with family and friends. Dasher 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 4 hours with dual 50amp charging. Her cruising speed is 10mph with fast cruising at 18-27 mph. Range is 40 miles at cruising speed and 20-25 miles at fast cruising speeds.