Hybrid Boat Waves Hello to S.F. Bay

There are plenty of hybrid cars on the road, but hybrid boats?  They haven't been seen.  Until now.

The super-fast, super-sleek 25-foot speedboat uses a combination of electric and diesel engines to produce a low-emission vessel that should warm the hearts of the greenest motorboat sailor.

"Everybody knows about hybrid cars, but hybrid boats are different," said Michael Frauscher, managing director of the company that built the boat.

Most air pollution from motor boats comes in the harbor, when the boat is idling or running at low speed, said Michael Chrisman, California's secretary of resources, who went for a demonstration ride on the bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge.

The hybrid solves the problem by starting and running in the harbor under electric power. The demonstration boat's electric motor was so quiet Friday that no one could hear it.

The manufacturer says this is the world's first hybrid recreational boat.  The hybrid boat shown has a price tag of $185,000 and is made by Frauscher Bootswerft.
Via:  SFGate
Tags:  Hybrid, bay, Wave, AV, id, Ello
Crisis Causer 6 years ago

It may help the environment but you're better off paying for more gas considering that price tag!

Super Dave 6 years ago
This is simply a publicity stunt...nothing else. Every manufacturer in the universe is jumping on the GREEN bandwagon because they are hoping the less-informed consumers will buy into the scheme. I have a 44 oz. can of Yuban Original coffee in my kitchen that has a green label on it that proclaims: RAINFOREST ALLIANCE CERTIFIED. Next to that it says: sustainable development, conserving the environment & supporting coffee farmers. They are hoping that glazed-eyed consumers will purchase their eco-friendly coffee to get even more glazed-eyed. Dang. But what about that diesel-hybrid boat? It allows you to cruise quietly out of the marina and then fire-up that stinky, particulate-spewing diesel. Great! What more could we ask for?
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