An Inside Look At North America's First Hybrid Vessel
We built the Hornblower Hybrid by reusing another boat. In doing so, we saved more than 735,000 KWh of electricity in the construction and retrofit of the vessel. That is the equivalent of taking more than 60 U.S. homes off the grid for an entire year!
Instead of idling at the dock or burning diesel to keep the lights on (a standard practice in the industry) the Hornblower Hybrid switches from diesel power to battery mode to save fuel and reduce emissions.
The Hornblower Hybrid will reduce our annual diesel consumption by more than 29,000 gallons! That is equivalent to taking 58 cars off the road permanently or planting 90 acres of trees. The hybrid boat uses approximately six gallons of diesel fuel per hour, compared to 30 gallons per hour used by a conventional ferryboat.
Carpet - Contains Everset Fibers made from post-consumer recycled materials and is also recyclable.
Countertops – Indoor and outdoor bars are made from pieces of recycled glass by Vetrazzo, Inc.
Lights - The boat is fully equipped with an LED lighting system. All LED lights onboard are equivalent to one 100-Watt incandescent light bulb.
Interior Signage - Printed on Plyboo, a sustainably-sourced composite containing no harmful chemicals or materials.
All interior modifications meet the United States Green Building Council's LEED criteria for recycled content.