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Construction Begins on the Debut Hybrid Oceanic 140 Yacht

John Lyon

Oceanic Yachts recently announced that, following the sale of the first hull from its Oceanic 140 line, construction of the yacht is underway, with delivery expected in early 2015. The 140 employs Oceanic’s Dielec (a portmanteau of diesel and electric) propulsion system, which, much like that in a hybrid car, uses both fuel-powered and electric motors. When propelled completely by its three 2,600 hp MTU diesel-powered engines, the yacht can reach a top speed of 27 knots. When these engines work in tandem with twin Auxilia 120 kW electric motors, the vessel consumes less than 13.2 gallons of diesel fuel per hour when cruising at 8.5 knots. The yacht has a range of 5,400 nautical miles, thanks partly to its superstructure, which is constructed entirely from Aramat. The material is a Kevlar-and-glass compound that is incredibly strong but also lightweight, further contributing to the vessel’s fuel efficiency.

The Rome-based designer Michela Reverberi conceived the yacht’s lavish interiors and dedicated the entire upper deck to the owner’s suite. This high position on the boat affords the suite panoramic views. The suite also features a nearly 270-square-foot bathroom equipped with a steam bath and a forward-facing terrace with a Jacuzzi. The yacht’s flybridge features a bar, sun pads, and chaise longues, and provides the ideal space to relax. (www.oceanicyachts-shipyard.com)

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