Wilbur Boats, the Maine custom yacht builder, has launched Betsy, a Wilbur 46 that brings together classic design elements of Downeast lobster boats, with some of the most advanced green energy technology available.
With a crossover-type hull that can be driven efficiently at both displacement speeds and plane at 27 knots, the Wilbur 46 you see here has a Caterpillar C-18 diesel with 1,015 hp for main propulsion. The yacht also incorporates solar panels and a fuel cell to replenish batteries. Fuel cells are often considered one of the Holy Grail clean power technologies but are still extremely rare aboard boats. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine has a nice story about the launching here.
Here’s a nice video from the company of the boat after launch:
And here are the main specifications:
LOA 46′ 1″
LWL 44′ 8″
Beam 14′ 7″
Draft 4′ 6″
Builder: Wilbur Yachts, Southwest Harbor, Maine
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