So just where does hybrid technology stand today? I'd say it's progressing, but not there yet, at least not for most of us. I've spent hours aboard Ethereal, reviewing technical details with her crew, and it's clear she is arguably the most advanced hybrid yacht afloat. She not only boasts energy-producing and energy-recovery systems galore, but also has implemented innovative equipment and procedures to reduce energy consumption substantially. Even so, Bill Joy, her owner, refers to her as a "floating lab." Joy, a venture capitalist, is footing the bill for the research so the rest of us will be able to adopt the technology on a more affordable basis in coming years. It will be interesting to see where he leads us.