Just Launched: Wilbur 46

A dream becomes a reality

By John K. Hanson, Jr.
Wilbur 46
Scroll down to view more images and a video by Jamie Bloomquist
Launch Details:
Wilbur 46
Boat Name:
LOA 46'1", LWL 44'8", Beam 14'7", Draft 4'6"
1,015-hp Caterpillar C18
Built by:
Wilbur Yachts, Southwest Harbor, Maine

Every once in awhile a project comes along that incorporates all the benefits that a Maine-built boat can deliver. The Betsy, launched by Wilbur Yachts on May 15, 2010, after a close to three-year-long building process was one of those projects. As the boat's owner, Dr. Klein said, “This project combines the classic lines of a Maine lobsterboat with modern technology judiciously implemented to produce a 'green' boat.”

Toward that end, the Betsy's Caterpillar diesel was designed with electronic modules that allow the captain to drive the vessel in the most fuel-efficient manner, effectively burning the same amount of fuel that an engine one-quarter the size would burn. Using the tried-and-true technology of hand-laid-up solid fiberglass hulls, the Betsy rides smoothly and quietly at displacement speeds yet can still deliver a top speed of about 27 knots. In addition, the boat has solar panels and a fuel cell to power LED lights and keep the batteries topped off while spending extended time on the hook.

Wilbur 46 Sketch

Overall, this collaboration, took more than 3,500 e-mails and counting, not to mention 15 round trips between Maine and Los Angeles. The result? Careful planning plus attention to detail equals one beautiful boat.

End of Story

Wilbur Yachts
200 Seawall Road
Southwest Harbor ME, 04679
e-mail: office@wilburyachts.com
website: www.wilburyachts.com

Information and specifications supplied by the builder. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. However, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Inc. accepts no liability in the event of any errors of fact or omission.