Massachusetts dealer adds hybrid boat line

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Russo Marine announced that it added Greenline Yachts to its three sales and service locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“Since the first of the year we’ve been searching for product alternatives that will not compete or conflict with our Brunswick brands and we had no idea this boat existed until we saw it on the cover of Soundings Trade Only,” Russo Marine president and CEO Larry Russo told Trade Only Today.

The Slovenian company began to focus on selling its diesel-electric hybrids in the United States this year, appearing on the cover of the March issue of Trade Only.

Russo says the innovation drew him to the model the moment he saw it.

“It stands alone in the way it’s designed, the way it’s built, the way it’s powered. The fit, finish and quality are really good and the price is reasonable,” Russo told Trade Only. “All the critical elements are very positive.”

Russo Marine is set to receive its first Greenline later this month.

“We’ll put it in the water and do some demos and see if we can impress customers as much as we’ve been impressed,” Russo said.

Russo said he was excited to be one of the first dealers in the country offering solar-powered, diesel-electric hybrid motoryachts in the 30- to 70-foot range.

“In difficult economic times Greenline has been a real success story in the past four years, selling over 300 hybrids worldwide,” Russo said in a statement. “We are looking forward to offering these innovative, eco-friendly products to the boaters of New England.”

“We desire to add quality dealerships to sell and service our products in the U.S. and Canada and we are excited to be affiliated with a strong and trusted company like Russo Marine,” Greenline North America president Constantinos K. Constantinou said in a statement.

Greenline Yachts are produced in Slovenia and Italy by The Seaway Group, which also builds Shipman Carbon Sailing Yachts and Skagen Motor Yachts.

Greenline’s 40 Hybrid received an Active Interest Media Editor’s Choice Award last fall at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. It has also received honors that include International Boat of the Year and environmental and design awards.

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— Reagan Haynes

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