Monday, June 24

Greenline 48 Hybrid Coupe: Great New, Light-Filled Diesel or Electric Cruiser

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The new Greenline 48 Hybrid Coupe caught my eye as I was walking down the dock at the Miami Yacht Show, and I decided I had to take a closer look when I saw that it was called “the Great Loop edition.” Now that’s what I call target marketing. But whether you want to take the Great Loop or simply cruise anywhere in the coastal United States or Canada, you’d be well served to take a good look at this attractive, light-filled, well-laid-out hybrid cruiser from Slovenia.

Powered by two 220-hp Volvo diesels with straight shafts, the new Greenline Hybrid Coupe tops out at about 15 knots; dial back to 7 knots and you’ll have a range of 900 nm. But then there’s the hybrid part. The Coupe has an array of nine solar panels on the cabintop, producing 2.4kW, enough to run all the appliances on the boat without any noise or fossil fuels. They are paired to two 14kW Mahle  electric motors with integrated 10kW generators and lithium polymer batteries. Running under electric power alone, the Greenline 48 cruises at 6.5 knots with a range of 20 nm.

Whether you’re cruising the Great Loop or anywhere else, the hybrid aspect of the new Greenline offers an independence that’s quite appealing. You don’t have to worry about plugging into a new marina every night, or running a genset if you’re anchoring out. The solar panels and batteries will produce all the power you need so you can stay where you want.

The Coupe is also appealing to people cruising in Florida or the low country or the Great Loop because the air draft is only 18’1”, low enough so you can slide under most of the bridges along the way. And the water draft is only 3’1”, so you can pretty much cruise where and when you want, without undue worry about the tides. Also appealing to cruising boat owners is the door opening from the helm to the starboard side deck, to make docking and line handling easy. The side decks are wide enough and the railings are high enough so you, or your family, can feel safe working around the boat.

Walking on the boat, I appreciated the large teak swim platform with an outdoor dining center built into the aft side of the transom. Lift a lid there and you’ll find a BBQ, sink and cooktop. The cockpit itself has an L-shaped settee with a teak table, all protected by an overhang from the cabintop.

The boat has one-level living from the transom all the way forward through the salon to the helm. A large glass door opens from the cockpit to the salon, while a large glass window lifts up on the starboard side so that the galley, aft in the salon, can serve the cockpit directly; there’s even a little counter that lifts up on the cockpit side where you could put drinks or small dishes.

In the salon, there’s a full-sized fridge and freezer on the port side aft, opposite the galley, and a U-shaped dinette/settee on the port side forward, opposite the two-person helm seat. The amount of natural light entering the salon from the windows all around, and the glass door aft, is striking. This Greenline is one of the most light-filled boats I’ve ever encountered.

Four steps down, the accommodations deck has three cabins and two heads. The master is forward, with a king-sized bed and large head with shower. The two guest cabins, each with two berths, are aft.

The price for this boat is $1.25 million. You can see a video of hull number one of the new 48 Coupe series, which was introduced at the Düsseldorf show in January, below.

Specs.: LOA: 49’2”; Beam: 15’9”; Draft: 3”1”; Disp.: 30,423 lbs.; Fuel: 396 gals.; Water: 174 gals.; Power: 2×220-hp Volvo diesels; 2x14kW Mahle electric motors.




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