5 SEAWARD TO OFFER HYBRID DRIVE
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