This is an exceptionally well-equipped boat – and we’re not just talking about the hybrid drive system and its huge battery bank. There’s the solar panels, the satellite dome, the Fuel Guard system, the top quality galley appliances. There’s also a lot of built-in furniture.
And yet we know that the owners were determined to stick to their budget. Tristar Boats say that if you wanted a boat like this today, it would cost around £150,000 — although they point out that prices of materials and components were considerably lower when Ohm from ‘ome was priced and ordered. It means the owners paid less than that – and a lot less than the £180,000 they could easily have spent; it looks like real value for money.
The secret is the use of smaller firms. Soar Valley Steel Boats and Tristar Boats probably aren’t the names which spring to mind when you’re asked to name a shell builder and a boat fitter, but they clearly both have a lot going for them.
And while it’s true that a hybrid system is more expensive to buy and install, there are savings on diesel (David reckons his consumption is less than half what it would have been) and you don’t need gas. But perhaps most importantly of all, this boat proves it’s possible to have hybrid drive without breaking the bank.