C.W. Hood Yachts recently launched the first truly New England inspired, fully electric center console.
The beautiful Hood 26E was conceived, designed and built right here in Marblehead. Chris Hood and chief designer David Robison set out to create a vessel that looked more like a classic yacht than a spaceship.
The carbon fiber hull and deck are rock solid yet light as a feather, and its current gray primer finish will soon be completed Awlgrip, with a handy swim platform, powder-coated rails, custom cushions and of course, dual Yeti coolers for summer excursions.
The only wood is the stylish teak console top adding classic appeal, a boat with the perfect balance of low maintenance, durability and beauty.
Her electric propulsion is silent, easily charged, and all monitored from the helm or your smart phone. Two silent electric motors drive a single duo-prop inboard / outboard drive, delivering jaw-dropping acceleration, full control around the dock, and the ability to be trimmed up out of the way at the beach.
Marblehead Harbor has been our center for testing so far, with runs to Manchester and Gloucester. Data is still being collected on speeds, range and charging times, etc., and will be available soon.
What we do know is she is fun, fast and quiet – with a top speed of 42 knots.