Barry 2019-11-11

Herley Boats has started the construction of its first Diesel Electric Hybrid Boat changing the future of boating.

This entirely newly designed 34 foot displacement catamaran will feature two 60kw/100kw peak electric motors and 300Nm of torque. These motors will run in parallel from a 120kw diesel generator coupled to a permanent magnet generator and Lithium-ion battery storage, with the ability to re-charge the system within 1 hour out at sea.

The System will have the ability to run on either Lithium or diesel alone, and for top performance on both systems simultaneously. The on-board control system will feature abilities to select the type of drive mode, electric only for zero fuel burn, economy cruise for greatest fuel efficiency, or performance mode for high speed operation. The vessels hull form has been specifically designed to create as minimal drag under the waterline with expected ranges exceeding 2500km on a 640L fuel tank.

Under construction at Herlety Boats Tauranga factory, the customisable layout comprises of two double berths, separate shower, separate head, dining area, galley, large cockpit and a versatile cockpit island. Finishing details will include timber cabinetry, upholstered and painted panels, and LED lighting throughout.

Herley Boats spokesman Nick Herd says that the boat will be launched in late April 2020 and after an unveiling at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, the plan is to motor it across the Tasman to Sydney.

“ We plan to have the boat on display at the Sydney International Boat Show and be able to clearly show the capabilities of the hybrid power”, says Herd.


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