ETHEREAL is a ketch rigged yacht launched by Royal Huisman in October 2008 (delivered beginning of 2009) and is the first yacht equipped with hybrid technology.

Many sites reported that Savannah by Feadship is the world’s first superyacht with hybrid propulsion. I didn’t because here is another hybrid motor yacht: The Columbus 40S Sport Hybrid launched in 2013. But the first is Ethereal. Thanks to Royal Huisman for remembering. Anyway, Congrats to Feadship for the biggest yacht with hybrid propulsion :) (to the publishing date of this article ;) )

Now let’s go the facts. The exterior and interior design were created by Pieter Beeldsnijder. The naval architecture for the ketch-rigged performance yacht was done by well-known Ron Holland. A very good trio to create awesome yachts.

Pictures by Franco Pace

Ethereal by Royal Huisman

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Alongside her generator to recharge her 500 kW/h lithium polymer battery bank she is also equipped with a shaft-driven generator to recharge the batteries under sails when the propeller twirls.

In addition to eco-friendly benefit: Ethereal is quieter and by association more comfortable. Normally you need generators around the clock to produce enough power for hydraulic and electric motors (anchor winches, sail winches, furlers, yacht’s electronics and what you have). So you can also use the energy from the battery bank.

Now six years after launch she logged over 100.000 miles :)

Main specifications

Length over all:58.04 m
Length water line:48.03 m
Beam:11.42 m
Draft:4.90 m
Exterior Design:Pieter Beeldsnijder
Interior Design:Pieter Beeldsnijder
Naval Architecture:Ron Holland
Sail Area (close to the wind):1,606 m²
Propulsion System:Hybrid propulsion consisting of two drive trains
Each consisting of a Caterpillar C18 (533 kW @
2100 rpm) diesel engine together with a 300 kW
Combimac electric motor / generator
Fuel Capacity:46.438 l