Greenline 33 'will revolutionise boating'

The Greenline 33 hybrid cruiser, hailed as the world’s first production hybrid and solar powered boat, has arrived in the UK.

The boat was designed to be as efficient as possible with a super low drag hull, which reduces fuel consumption and allows efficient electric propulsion using power supplied by battery and solar power.

The Greenline 33 uses up to four times less fossil fuel in a year than a planing powerboat, and is completely emission-free in electric mode. Without using a regular engine, the boat can cruise into a port, marina or an anchorage without smoke, noiselessly and with no wake.

“This boat is going to revolutionise boating in the UK. With fuel prices soaring demand for fuel efficiency and reduced running costs is high,” said Nick Smith from Salterns Marina, the official distributors for the model.

Watch a video of the Greenline 33 in action.

Powered by a user friendly and reliable hybrid drive that lets you choose between two drive modes diesel or electric. Unlike today’s modern cars, which still need to burn fuel to produce electricity, the Greenline Hybrid is capable of collecting, storing and using power from the sun through her solar roof panels.

All the systems are electronically controlled, automatically charging the battery when there is an adequate supply of daylight or when the diesel engine is running.

The award-winning 33 Hybrid was a collaborative project between J & J Design, VW Marine and Seaway.

Read what the experts at MBM have to say about the Hybrid 33 in the June issue, on sale 20 May 2010.