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Modular e-boat slices the high seas with Swiss Army knife versatility

Modular e-boat slices the high...
The DC25's bow door makes it easier to walk right onto shore
The DC25's bow door makes it easier to walk right onto shore
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The DutchCraft DC25 combines swooping lines with a modular, multifunctional deck
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The DutchCraft DC25 combines swooping lines with a modular, multifunctional deck
The DC25's bow door makes it easier to walk right onto shore
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The DC25's bow door makes it easier to walk right onto shore
DutchCraft says that it considered various powertrains for the DC25; it eventually opted for the clean and quiet performance of an all-electric drive
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DutchCraft says that it considered various powertrains for the DC25; it eventually opted for the clean and quiet performance of an all-electric drive
Owners can set up the deck for the trip of the day and enjoy a breezy, quiet trip
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Owners can set up the deck for the trip of the day and enjoy a breezy, quiet trip
The DC25 can run at a 32-knot top speed for up to 75 minutes or cruise at 6 knots for six hours per charge
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The DC25 can run at a 32-knot top speed for up to 75 minutes or cruise at 6 knots for six hours per charge
The DC25 has a V-shaped hull
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The DC25 has a V-shaped hull
The DC25 welcomes passengers aboard with its drop-down bow
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The DC25 welcomes passengers aboard with its drop-down bow
DutchCraft revealed the DC25 at last month's Boot Düsseldorf show
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DutchCraft revealed the DC25 at last month's Boot Düsseldorf show
All ready for loading/unloading
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All ready for loading/unloading
Vis-à-vis sofas aft of the wheelhouse and an aft-facing sofa toward the stern
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Vis-à-vis sofas aft of the wheelhouse and an aft-facing sofa toward the stern
All attention toward the bow
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All attention toward the bow
A comfier daybed layout
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A comfier daybed layout
Benches flipped around to the sides in a very social configuration
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Benches flipped around to the sides
Forget conversation, we'd rather enjoy the view of the sea
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Forget conversation, we'd rather enjoy the view of the sea
It's up to the owner's imagination how to color in this blank canvas - perhaps with an ATV or pair of jet skis
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It's up to the owner's imagination how to color in this blank canvas - perhaps with an ATV or pair of jet skis
Enjoying the zippy electric drive out at sea
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Enjoying the zippy electric drive out at sea
Stepping onto dry land
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Stepping onto dry land
Passenger configuration
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Passenger configuration
Passenger configuration from the front
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Passenger configuration from the front
Empty deck for toy/cargo hauling
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Empty deck for toy/cargo hauling
Hard top collapsed and ready for storage
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Hard top collapsed and ready for storage
All prepped for a land-and-sea adventure
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All prepped for a land-and-sea adventure
Fishing boat ready to cast
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Fishing boat ready to cast
The dive boat module carries eight diving sets and leaves room for two dive scooters
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The dive boat module carries eight diving sets and leaves room for two dive scooters
Another sofa configuration for the dive boat
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Another sofa configuration for the dive boat
A look at the DC25 powertrain
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A look at the DC25 powertrain
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The 26-foot (8-m) DC25 yacht tender from DutchCraft is designed to do a little of everything the modern day captain and sportsman might need from a center console boat. Using simple deck-mounted rails, the boat easily transforms from a breezy pleasure craft, to a sporty dive or fishing boat, to a capable superyacht tender, to an empty toy carrier. An all-electric stern drive ensures it navigates the waters with the utmost silence, leaving no emissions in its wake.

Much like many of the multifunctional camper van commuters we cover regularly, the basis of the DC25's flexibility is its rail system, creating multiple boats inside a single hull. Longitudinal rails integrated into the deck allow owners to quickly secure down or remove various furniture, equipment and cargo.

The dive boat module carries eight diving sets and leaves room for two dive scooters
The dive boat module carries eight diving sets and leaves room for two dive scooters

DC25 owners can host family and friends by configuring the sofas in various ways, mounting them laterally or longitudinally, in forward-facing rows or vis-à-vis layouts, facing out toward the water, and so on. They can also strip the furniture out and have an open deck for hauling equipment or cargo, including an ATV or two PWCs. Or they can set the boat up for specific purposes by adding modules like the eight-dive-kit rack or the fishing pole holder.

The beating heart of the DC25 is its 134-hp (100-kW) electric stern drive powered by an under-deck battery pack with between 89 and 134 kWh, depending upon option selected. It can run at a top speed of 32 knots (59 km/h) for up to 75 minutes or cruise lazily at 6 knots (11 km/h) for up to six hours. The carbon fiber hull helps keep things light in an effort to squeeze as much range as possible out of the battery.

The DC25 can run at a 32-knot top speed for up to 75 minutes or cruise at 6 knots for six hours per charge
The DC25 can run at a 32-knot top speed for up to 75 minutes or cruise at 6 knots for six hours per charge

The captain takes the wheel behind the glass windscreen of the covered pilothouse. The drop-down bow door opens up to make it easier to step directly onto the beach, while the drop-down transom deck serves as a dive and swim platform out on the water. The hard-roofed wheelhouse can collapse down to make the boat easier to store.

Stepping onto dry land
Stepping onto dry land

The DC25 can carry up to 12 passengers. A limousine version with more weather protection is under development and will serve clients looking for a clean, stylish guest shuttle.

Just the second boat in DutchCraft's lineup, the DC25 enjoyed a world premiere at the recent Düsseldorf boat show. It starts at €275,000 (approx. US$298,000) and will be built at DutchCraft's shipyard in Groot-Ammers, Holland, also the location of DutchCraft sister brand Zeelander Yachts.

Source: DutchCraft

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4 comments
MQ
So, we have a floating battery platform... with around $70k worth of electric goodies onboard.

If the hull were to cost a staggering $100k (cough)

(say $170k tops all in...including workmanship - pun intended)

Profit margin = Not bad for a largish trailer boat....

Can I get some coolaid.. please.

I suppose luxury isn't meant to be affordable, what would be the point of that....

ljaques
ChaCHING! That's a lot of money for a homely boat. This sorta reminds me of the Hard Drive dory from a couple years back. I love the concept of the walk-on bow, but the Hard Drive had walking bow which beached the craft. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6wTJJWmSIU
RobertElliot
That looks environmentally friendly and practical too. I love the drop-down bow.
christopher
Lots of things can cruise at 6kts without emissions for way longer than 6 hours - they're called Yachts.