Swallow Yachts’ first motor boat, the new Whisper 300, is making her world debut at the Southampton Boat Show in September. Designed as a boat for sociable cruising, the emphasis is on elegance and style, combined with a reduced environmental footprint.
Designed for a more sustainable future she is built almost entirely from nature’s finest carbon fibre: wood. Modern treated timbers, epoxy adhesives and paints mean there is no more maintenance than a comparable GRP boat, but looking to the future the construction has been geared around a reduced environmental impact.
Equipped with solar panels, rainwater harvesting for onboard facilities and cork decks, the Whisper 300 needs just two 70HP engines to achieve speeds of 26 knots while burning far less fuel than comparable craft. The twin outboard engines are cleverly concealed under a soundproofed cover and the strong but light hull of the Whisper 300 will be ideally suited to electric propulsion as battery and infrastructure technology start to advance.
Designer Matt Newland comments “This boat represents a more sustainable approach to boat building that does not sacrifice performance, longevity or style. She’s a motor boat that we hope sailors will understand. Come and see for yourself”