Island Pilot’s revolutionary DSe Hybrid 12m will debut October 30, 2008 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the company has announced. “Green” passagemaking will take a giant leap forward when the DSE Hybrid arrives on the scene.
The luxury cruiser is capable of running, on a bright sunny day, at 6 knots without using any diesel fuel at all. A 6 kW solar array, mounted on the top of the deckhouse and bridge supplies all the power needed to travel at that speed, or to run air conditioning, cooking and other hotel loads while at anchor. When more speed or power is desired, two Steyr 75 HP diesels, with integrated generators, can be started up to add either electrical power or drive power through the ZF saildrives.
Like all boats, the DSe 12m has a sweet speed for optimum cruising and hers is at 7.25 knots, a not atypical trawler speed, where she gets 10 NM/gallon fuel economy. That translates into a range of more than 1,000 NM at 7 knots with no solar contribution. With a 3 kW contribution from the solar array, the boat can cruise 2,200 NM at 6 knots. Performance of the solar array and the hull was confirmed in the initial sea trials conducted by company principal Reuben Trane and naval architect George Petrie on the G T Men River in Zhuhai City, China, where the boat is being built. Top speed for the DSe 12m is approximately 13 knots. The hulls were extensively tank-tested prior to construction for efficiency and bow wave and wake characteristics.
The DSe 12m features two staterooms; one a master suite forward on the main deck with 270 degrees of visibility and its own private dressing area and head. Another stateroom aft, under the bridge deck, has two twin beds that can be combined to form a queen; along with a dedicated head.
The salon features the galley aft, with settee and table forward to starboard and a couch across on the portside. The bridge deck has two chairs at the centered helm with a u-shaped lounge aft. The two hulls of the catamaran design feature aft steps down to the water level and there is a dinghy hunt on a davit between the two hulls aft.
The DSe 12m comes extremely well-equipped, including the 9′ dinghy with Torqueedo electric motor. A full electronics suite includes GPS touchscreen plotter, high definition radar, digital fish finder and XM Radio and weather from Garmin. A Tecnautic “Fly by wire” electronic engine and helm control and autopilot complete the helm.
Full airconditioning, in 4 zones, along with a KVH satellite TV antenna and DirecTV receiver are included in the boat price. The galley includes a Seaward 3-burner radiant cooktop, 14 cubic foot refrigerator/freezer, GE Advantium microwave oven, Splendide Washer/Dryer combination. The water heater has an 11-gallon capacity, and each head features SeaLand Vacuflush heads.
The interior features all teak and holley soles, teak built-ins and entertainment center and the hi-low coffee/dining table.
The diesels are Steyr Motors Serial Hybrid Propulsion Systems, with 75 HP engines, inline 7 kW motor and 5 kW electric generator. The DSe 12m has a unique battery bank of 20 Odyssey AGM Deep Cycle batteries. The manufacturer says they are capable of 400 full-discharge cycles, but Island Pilot says in-house testing suggests they’re capable of significantly more than that. Any discharge cycle less than full will also increase the number of cycles available. The bottom line is these batteries appear to be significantly capable for a couple of years’ worth of normal cruising.
The DSe 12m has a current price of $550,000, which includes delivery in the U.S., with all commissions and duties paid. Island Pilot is also embarking on two derivatives of the 12m. The first is a smaller version, called the SPRQ — Solar Power — Real Quiet — which uses a single central hull and single engine, with two slim “amas,” or outrigger-like hulls. A third design is the DSe 18m, a 60-foot boat with a 25-foot beam, featuring a 14 kW solar array and a 4 stateroom/4 head layout. Island Pilot says it is working now with Steyr Motors to develop a larger hybrid drive for the 18m.
Specifications for the DSe 18m
- LOA 39′ 6″
- LWL 36′ 6″
- Beam 17′ 0″
- Draft 2′ 6″
- Air Draft 13′ 6″
- Displacement 17,500 pounds
- Fuel 120 gallons (2 tanks)
- Water 120 gallons (2 tanks)
- Holding 60 gallons (2 tanks)
- Power (Diesel) 75 HP Steyr Motors (2 each)
- Power (Electric) 7 kW 48 vDC Motors (2 each)
- Power (Genset) 5 kw 48 vDC Generator (2 each)
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