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Greenline 48 Fly Hybrid

by Randy Woods
Photos Courtesy of Greenline Yachts
Photos Courtesy of Greenline Yachts

In an era where hybrid-electric propulsion is becoming the norm, yacht builders no longer have to skimp on opulent accommodations in the name of green benefits.

The new Greenline 48 flybridge, for example, is just as luxurious as any other premium diesel vessel, but it operates on about a half of the energy needed to power conventional yachts of its size. The yacht can be operated using a combination of solar-and-lithium battery power via nearly silent, exhaust-free electric engines, but it also comes with twin diesel engines for charging or when higher speeds are desired. The inline diesel electric hybrid motors eliminate the need for a generator, as well as save fuel and reduce maintenance costs. (It only takes an hour and half in diesel mode to fully recharge the battery banks so you can stay off the grid for days at a time.)

With a layout created by J&J Design, the Greenline 48 can provide entertainment and gathering spaces for up to eight guests and has both three-cabin and four-cabin configuration options. The large, airy cockpit provides unobstructed views aft, but is still covered by the overhanging upper deck to shield from the sun. A forward-facing bench seat on the transom and a central wooden table creates a conversation space in the adjacent galley, accessible via a flip-up window. Covered side decks provide easy access to the foredeck’s ample sunpad.

Inside the salon, guests are treated to panoramic views with plenty of natural light and plush seating portside, as the U-shaped dinette settee and sofa are situated opposite, behind the helm chair. Aft of the salon, the galley is equipped with the latest home appliances and has an open design that allows meals to be served quickly to the adjacent salon or cockpit dining areas.

The flybridge is completely open to the elements, providing spectacular views, but also can be fitted with a Bimini or solar hardtop. Entertainment features include a wet bar, a barbecue grill, a U-shaped settee-and-table combo, and another sunpad aft to starboard. Full upper helm controls are located to port and a 2.2-kilowatt array of solar panels is situated on the forward roof to charge the batteries for the electric motors and for all other electrical equipment.

Down below, the owner’s cabin at the bow contains two double beds that can be repositioned into a single queen-sized berth, as well as its own head and separate stand-up shower. Light and ventilation is supplied from three opening hatches. Amidships, the two guest cabins each have twin single side by side berths and their own en suite heads. An optional skipper’s cabin, with a single berth and head, can be situated under the transom at the stern.

The twin diesel engines are available in 250-, 320-, 370-, or 440-hp shaft-drive systems, which can produce top speeds of between 18 and 29 knots and have a range of 1,000 nautical miles at 7 knots. The two whisper-quiet electric 25-kilowatt motors produce a 7-knot cruising speed and 8.5-knot top speed when used on their own, with a range of up to 30-40 nautical miles with optional additional battery packs. Propulsion modes are controlled at the helm by simply pushing a button

Those interested in purchasing a Greenline 48 should get to know the recent state provision that eliminates the Washington State sales tax for hybrid-electric vehicles. In King County, for instance, the current sales tax rate is 10.35%, meaning the potential savings on buying a “green” boat just got a lot more attractive.

Specs & Info

LOA 52’5” · Beam 15’9” · Max Draft 3’3”
Tankage (Fuel/Fresh/Black)
396 gal. / 147 gal. / 42 gal.

Twin Diesel
Available in Four Different HP Shaft-Drive Systems
Coupled with 25kw Electric Motors


Ocean Pacific Yachts
Seattle, WA
Andrew Trueblood

Photos Courtesy of Greenline Yachts
Photos Courtesy of Greenline Yachts

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