Hinckley hybrid

Discussion in 'Hybrid' started by DCockey, Jul 19, 2022.

  1. DCockey
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    DCockey Senior Member

    Hinckley has announced a hybrid version of their picnic boat. It has a battery and electric motor which can propel the boat at slower speed. There is a Diesel engine for higher speed and recharging the batter. Both the electric motor and Diesel engine power a waterjet. The battery also provides electric power at anchor without a generator.

    The system is named "SilentJet" and is being promoted for being quiet at slow speed and at anchor. I have not seen any claims about efficiency or "green".

    Hinckley SilentJet - Hinckley Yachts https://www.hinckleyyachts.com/landing/hinckley-silentjet/
    Hinckley’s Iconic Picnic Boat Is Now The Quietest Ride on the Water - Hinckley Yachts https://www.hinckleyyachts.com/uncategorized/hinckleys-iconic-picnic-boat-is-now-the-quietest-ride-on-the-water/
    Hinckley’s Picnic Boat Goes Hybrid https://www.tradeonlytoday.com/manufacturers/hinckleys-picnic-boat-goes-hybrid
     
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    Any mention of the price point for this option? This is a pretty significant event because this is exactly the size that was missing from OTS hardware, particularly the tranny guys. So it looks like the range from about 10 hp to 1100 hp is covered, albeit rather sparsely.
     
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    “I have not seen any claims about efficiency or green”
    That’s because it is neither!
    It requires burning of fossil fuel to move in either mode, the best that can be said for it is that it will be quiet in the limited “electric” mode.
    IMO, just a gimmick aimed at high end, very naive clients.
    What they’re really getting is a much heavier, and thus less efficient, yacht.
     
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    They have the option to get rid of a genset entirely. And they can presumable extend their engine maintenance intervals considerably by not racking up idling hours. But I doubt too many picnic boats need 20 or more oil changes per year like the sport fishers do.
     
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    With the short range on electric it could make for nice quiet docking as well as close viewing of wildlife.

    With that said. Looking at that driveline, there has never been a system that complex on a boat that aged or logged high hours without lots of maintenance.
     

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    I would expect that the owners of a Picnic 40 will have a boat minder on retainer. Someone to detail it, fuel it, manage the maintenance tasks, and skipper it when asked. So the maintenance issues would be a matter of margins, not a game changer. They probably pull the diesels every two years and repaint them and refresh the engine bay just out of habit.
     
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