Video – Wilbur 46 Launched, Cool Green Features

Wilbur Yachts, the Maine boatbuilder, has just launched a new Wilbur 46 that combines Downeast tradition with cutting-edge technology.

9th July 2010.
By Tom Tripp

The New Wilbur 46 from Maine Boatbuilder Wilbur Yachts

The New Wilbur 46 from Maine Boatbuilder Wilbur Yachts

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.

General Arrangement Rendering of the New Wilbur 46

General Arrangement Rendering of the New Wilbur 46

Here’s a nice video from the company of the boat after launch:

And here are the main specifications:

Wilbur 46

LOA                      46′ 1″
LWL                     44′ 8″
Beam                    14′ 7″
Draft                      4′ 6″

Builder:     Wilbur Yachts, Southwest Harbor, Maine

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Tom Tripp

Tom is the publisher of, a website about passagemaking boats and information. He is also a contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine who has been at sea aboard everything from a 17-foot homemade wooden fishing boat to a 1,000-foot-long, 96,000-ton, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

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