Vita names US yard for all-electric flagship

Vita has partnered with Hodgdon Yachts to build its highest performance all-electric flagship, the 10.5 metre Lion.

The Lion is engineered and powered by Vita in the UK, designed by BorromeodeSilva in Milan, and now built by Hodgdon Yachts in Maine.

The Lion has a cruising speed of 24 knots and a top speed of over 35 knots, and Vita claims the boat is the first electric powerboat compatible with fast, one-hour DC charging.

“Our vision was to create a boat with no compromise in terms of user experience, performance and functionality while also ensuring the least impact possible on the marine environment in which it operates,” says Rory Trahair, CEO Vita Yachts Division. “This collaboration with Hodgdon combines our technical innovation and their centuries of craftsmanship at the highest levels to produce the most advanced electric powerboat built to date.”

The Lion can accommodate up to eight guests in a large cockpit which can also be configured for dining. The sunpad and bathing area provides ample room for relaxation, together with a shower and ladder for swimming. Forward, the enclosed cabin includes a day berth, day head and sink, as well as storage, with an integrated Fusion sound system throughout the boat.

“At Hodgdon we strive to push the boundaries in terms of materials, technology and design to optimise performance and deliver the quality the industry expects,” adds Audrey Hodgdon, director of sales & marketing. “Our move into electric yachts and tenders further demonstrates our commitment to increasing demands from the market for zero-emissions boating.”

The Lion will be available for sea trials in the South of France this summer.

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