The All-Electric Lion Dayboat

Hodgdon Yachts and Vita are partnering to build the latter's new 35-knot flagship.
Vita Lion
With Vita’s V4 powertrain, reported top speed is faster than 35 knots. Hodgdon Yachts

Hodgdon Yachts in Maine is building Lion, an all-electric flagship created in partnership with Vita, the UK-based maker of electric powertrains and boats. Lion, whose name comes from lithium ion, has Vita’s V4 powertrain, which is reportedly equivalent to a 590 hp engine. Top speed is expected to be more than 35 knots. The boat also has fast DC charging, which Vita says can supercharge from 10 percent to 90 percent in less than an hour. There’s seating for eight in the cockpit, which transforms for alfresco dining. A sun pad and swim steps are abaft the cockpit. Belowdecks, there’s an enclosed stateroom, day head, and stowage for day use.

Whom It’s For: Owners who want to lower their environmental wake without lowering performance standards.

Picture This: It’s a quiet morning in Deer Harbor on Orcas Island, and word is out that there’s a resident orca pod nearby. So, you and your family hop in your Lion and go silently search for charismatic megafauna. 

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