Hybrid and full electric power are lively topics in the boatbuilding industry, not just for commercial fishing vessels, but tugboats, ferries and other workboats, and recreational boats, as well. “We are not getting requests from the fishing industry,” says Will Ayers of the Elliot Bay Design Group, naval architects in Seattle. “I think fishermen, wisely, are letting other industries do the R&D before they adopt hybrid power.” According to Ayers, Elliot Bay is deep into designing hybrid and…

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Paul Molyneaux is the Boats & Gear editor for National Fisherman.

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