Hunter introduces 36ft hybrid production sailboat at Cannes show

Thu Sep 8 2011, 10:37 AM

The e36 Hybrid has a complete "green" propulsion package

Hunter Marine yesterday launched its new e36 Hybrid at the Festival De La Plaisance, Cannes. The 36ft sailboat is powered by a new Elco EP4000 AC electric motor.

A statement noted that the electric motor has a range of more than 800 nautical miles at five knots under battery power. The company said that works out to eight cents per nautical mile.

The companies said that they developed the boat as part of a “shared commitment to green technology” to improve the sailing experience. “The Elco E Power hybrid system is a game changer,” said Warren Luhrs, founder of Hunter Marine, in the statement.

The 36’s E Power System includes lithium 12-volt batteries, wind turbine, solar panels and a DC marine generator. Elco CEO Steve Lamando said that Hunter’s input was “invaluable” to the E Power System. “Also, Hunter’s manufacturing facility in Florida is close to many renewable energy firms serving the marine industry,” said Lamando in the statement.