Sunday, May 9

Greenline 48 Fly: All-Electric or Diesel Power

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The Greenline 48 Fly is a thoroughly modern, family-friendly, hybrid-powered cruiser with one-level living on the main deck and 360-degree views from anywhere in the salon.

But what really sets the 48 Fly apart is Greenline’s hybrid drive system, where, with pushing one button, you can shift from electric to diesel power, or back again. So far, the Slovenian builder has produced more than 1,000 yachts with this system, and it’s elegant in its simplicity (see the video below).

In the diesel mode, with standard 220-hp Volvos, the boat has a top speed of 17.4 knots; with optional 370-hp Yanmars, that goes up to 23 knots. In the electric mode, the top speed is 6.5 knots, but the boat has a range of 25 nm at 5 knots, powered by twin 14Kw electric motors and a huge battery. Solar panels on the roof provide more power for an extended range. The diesels fully recharge the battery in two hours.

The company estimates that most cruisers spend about one-third of their time running at slow speeds, either around their marinas, fishing, or in no-wake zones. Think about cruising in the ICW, for example, on the Greenline 48 Fly. You’d use the electric mode in all the no-wake and manatee zones, or while waiting for the bridges. Then, when you could run in open water, you’d push the button and transfer to diesel mode.

The advantages of electric power, of course, are that it’s silent, it’s economical, and it leaves no emissions behind.

The Greenline 48 Fly is a low-profile yacht, with the flybridge barely visible from a side view. But it has a wet bar and sun lounge up there. The upper helm is on the port side, with a two-person seat. A U-shaped lounge and table are to starboard. The overhang from the flybridge aft protects the cockpit on the main deck; the side decks are sheltered also.

Below, the boat has a master suite and two guest cabins, all with separate heads, plus an optional crew cabin. A massive sun pad offers another lounging and social area on the foredeck.

Specs.: LOA: 49’2”; Beam: 15’9”; Draft: 2’9”; Disp.: 30,423 lbs.; Fuel: 396 gals.; Water: 174 gals.; Power: 2×220-hp Volvo D3 diesels plus hybrid. Read more at http://greenlinehybrid.com  and see the video below:

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