Builders plan hybrid trawler in Maine

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Two Mainers are planning to build hybrid-powered diesel-electric lobster boats for those who want an energy-efficient, Down East-style pleasure craft.

There is no throaty diesel rumble, petroleum smell or smoke when Eugene Story starts the engine on the 23-foot lobster boat docked at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard. Instead, air bubbles in the water from the propeller were the only indication that the vessel was getting under way.

The boat, named Electra, is a prototype for what its developers hope will be a quieter, cleaner and more energy-efficient vessel that could be built at the shipyard.

By next month, the boat will be outfitted with a small diesel generator, turning Electra into a diesel-electric hybrid that will be set for sea trials and potential customers, Story told the Portland Press Herald.

"We wanted to build a prototype, but not a big, expensive prototype," said Story, a retired naval architect. His partner, Eric Graves, president of the Boothbay shipyard, rebuilt the boat and Story installed an Elco electric motor. It has a diesel equivalent of 20 hp. The total cost of the propulsion system is less than $7,000.

Click here for the full report.

Related

G.G. Schmitt Names Business Unit Director

Ross Kennedy joins the Patrick Industries-owned marine hardware manufacturer.

Marine Connection Opens New Complex

The waterfront location in Aventura is the company’s seventh Florida retail and service facility.

Shockwave Unveils New Suspension Module

The S6 module has an integrated height adjustment and can be paired with any seat that has a common bolt pattern.

Industry Mourns Paul Fletcher

Fletcher, who founded Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Co. in 1975, was 77.

New Leadership at Roscioli Yachting Center

OneWater Marine has been named James Brewer managing director of the facility.

PressureMate Introduces On-Board Pressure Washer

The 12-volt system has a patent-pending plunger design that produces 600 psi of pressure.

ABYC Introduces Entry-Level Certification

The Marine Service Technology program now includes a year-end exam to help launch students into marine-industry careers.