Maine tradition meets hybrid technology

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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.

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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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