5 SEA­WARD TO OF­FER HY­BRID DRIVE

Motorboat & Yachting - - THE 10 -

Sea­ward is plan­ning a ma­jor ex­pan­sion thanks to the back­ing of a new in­vestor. The com­pany, which builds rugged off­shore cruis­ers in Cowes, has al­ready re­vamped its clas­sic 25 and 28 mod­els and has re­cently launched a new 27 with a 31 to fol­low.

How­ever, the most ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment is the in­tro­duc­tion of a hy­brid drive op­tion that will al­low own­ers to mo­tor for short dis­tances on silent, emis­sions-free elec­tric power be­fore switch­ing to diesel for faster, long-range cruis­ing.

Up­grades to its ex­ist­ing clas­sic range are set to fo­cus on helm er­gonomics and lay­out, im­proved si­lenc­ing and re­duced vi­bra­tion, dig­i­tal switch­ing of electrics on larger boats and new join­ery styles with im­proved aes­thet­ics. The two new mod­els add in­te­grated bathing plat­forms and tran­som doors for the first time.

Mark Hunt­ley, an ex­ist­ing Sea­ward owner and re­tired busi­ness­man based in Guernsey, the orig­i­nal home of Sea­ward boats, is be­hind the in­vest­ment for ex­pan­sion. Sea­ward says that Hunt­ley will be con­tribut­ing his knowl­edge of busi­ness op­er­a­tions and strat­egy to as­sist in rais­ing de­vel­op­ment cap­i­tal.

MO­TOR­ING AHEAD New in­vest­ment will help Sea­ward de­velop its model range and R&D at its Cowes HQ

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