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Hinckley Yachts Unveils World’s First Fully Electric Luxury Boat

Cost estimates top $500,000.
The Hinckley Dasher.

The Hinckley Dasher.

Photographer: Christopher Churchill/Supervision

When Bob Dylan went electric, jamming Maggie’s Farm on his sunburst Fender Stratocaster at Rhode Island’s 1965 Newport Folk Festival, he changed the world and gave a jolt to a field (and a town) known mostly for being staid and traditional. Now Newport is the scene of another electrification, one that may have a similarly seismic effect.

On Thursday at the 47th Newport International Boat Show, Hinckley Co., the almost 90-year-old yacht builder, based in Portsmouth, R.I., introduced the Dasher, a 28.5-foot fully electric vessel, taking its moniker from the company’s first “picnic-style” boat.