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Maine tradition meets hybrid technology

The owners of the 29-foot diesel/electric launch Zogo knew exactly what they wanted - right down to her color. She didn't have to be fast, but she should be quiet, comfortable and efficient, and leave a small environmental footprint. She should have Down East aesthetics and craftsmanship, but push the boundaries of hybrid technology.


Click play to hear designer Paul Waring and builder Peter Webb discuss the creation of Zogo. Mobile users, click here to watch on YouTube.

Designers Stephens, Waring, & White Yacht Design of Brooklin, Maine, worked with boatbuilder French & Webb of Belfast, Maine, to create this unique dayboat, which was the buzz of the 2010 Maine Boatbuilders Show.

Zogo is powered by a Steyr hybrid drive incorporating a diesel engine coupled to a 7-kilowatt electric motor that also doubles as a 7-kilowatt generator. Solar panels on the canopy provide an added charge to the lithium-iron phosphate battery system.

Zogo is cedar-strip-planked sheathed with unidirectional carbon inside and out; the stern is cold-molded veneer sheathed with carbon, according to French & Webb.

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Maine tradition meets hybrid technology
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