Seaway goes green at sea

In less than half a year, Greenline 33 has won several design and environmental awards, as well as the title of Yacht of the Year.

March 2010

Concern for the environment is becoming increasingly important in the boating world. This has been shown in the title European Yacht of the Year, won by the Greenline 33 Hybrid, a boat of Slovenian design and manufacture. Owing to its innovative design, at the biggest world nautical exhibition at Düsseldorf in Germany on 23 January this year it won what is termed the nautical Oscar, the European Yacht of the Year prize. At Düsseldorf, another Slovenian vessel, the sailing yacht Seascape 18, from the company Issa, also won a prize.

Greenline 33

Greenline 33 Hybrid. Photo: Gallery

Greenline 33 Hybrid is the new Slovenian brand from the company Seaway, which had already surprised European nautical circles in the exhibitions of last autumn, through its exceptional environmental friendliness, its efficient energy use, comfort and unusually accessible price. In less than half a year, this boat has won several design and environmental awards, as well as the title of Yacht of the Year.

The global crisis has been very evident in the nautical industry, with world production in the past two years dropping by a full half in this sector. Seaway has responded to the crisis with an innovative product that is friendly to the environment and its surroundings. With the Greenline 33 Hybrid they sought to significantly lower the costs of operation, while at the same time radically reducing carbon emissions at sea. This 10-metre vessel uses hybrid propulsion (diesel and electric motor) and has a photovoltaic roof. With its absence of exhaust gases, noise and waves, this boat represents an enjoyment, both for the owner and for prospective neighbours in the marina or at moorings.

Innovative design, environmental friendliness, efficient energy use …

Interior. Photo:

The heart of the Greenline 33 is an entirely new form of hull, called Superdisplacement™, which contributes to lower fuel consumption. The electric drive of the boat creates no noise or fumes, and at the same time generates a negligible stern wave. Full batteries, not taking into account the additional energy gained from the solar roof, will propel the boat up to 20 nautical miles, which is ample for short day cruises. The solar roof ensures that the batteries are fully charged, and provides additional energy for sailing under electric power. Sailing at low speeds (e.g. 4 Nautical Miles), the quantity of solar energy gained and quantity of energy used are equal, meaning that such sailing presents no burden on the environment. Nevertheless the boat also comes with a 400-litre diesel engine, although for the most part during the summer cruising season one single tank of fuel will suffice.

The Greenline 33 uses two times less fuel per nautical mile than comparable displacement hulls and four times less than semi-displacement or twin-engine planing boats. During the season the boat will use the same amount of fossil fuel as a yacht of similar size, and up to ten times less fuel than a twin-engine planing boat of comparable size. The reduced fuel consumption can also of course be observed proportionately in the costs.

Most sought-after motor boat in the world

This boat, which is already in series production, is breaking the ice in the area of environmentally friendly products. It is no surprise that this product has been designed and developed by the Slovenian company Seaway. Seaway is the biggest world developmental nautical company, formed out of the design studio J&J Design, founded in 1983 by the brothers Jernej and Japec Jakopin. Since then their plans and tools have given rise to around 250 projects, through which in 28 countries and 60 boat yards around 60,000 vessels have been built. Their boats have won more than 30 national and European titles of Yacht or Motor Boat of the Year. The yachts designed and developed at J&J Design and Seaway hold the biggest market share in the world. The Greenline 33 Hybrid is following the same path, and with more than 90 orders it has already become the most sought-after motor boat in the world. This hybrid boat of course shows that there is no lack of knowledge in Slovenia for developing products for the new age.

Text by Valerija Mencej, Sinfo, March 2010