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Custom Snekka 28 with Electric Drive

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Boat REF# 152261
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 8.53m (28'0")
Year 1977
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Berths 2
Engine 1 x 20hp, Elco EP-2000 Electric Drive (2010)
Lying Seattle, WA USA - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Lying Seattle, WA USA - Shown by Appointment
Fuel capacity 90.9 ltr (20.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 45.5 ltr (10.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x 20hp
Engine make and model Elco EP-2000 Electric Drive (2010)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 Blade Bronze
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6 knots
Generator output 3.8KVA

Elco Electric Propulsion motor and Panda generator installed 2010. The EP-2000 model is a 10kw 72v brushless AC motor and is considered to have the power equivalent to a 20 hp diesel engine. This boat is a true hybrid -- it can run on batteries alone, or with the generator operating and charging the batteries. The seller reports that the boat can run for:

- 3.5 knots at 20 amps -- eight hours of runtime without the generator or continuously with the generator operating (as long as the diesel fuel holds out)
- 5.0 knots requires 40 amps -- four hours of runtime without the generator or eight hours with the generator.

See the Elco website for information about this Elco electric propulsion motor:

Six 12-volt 220 a-hr AGM batteries comprise the 72-volt propulsion bank.

Two 12-volt 115 a-hr batteries comprise the house bank.

New dripless shaft seal.

Panda generator (with sound enclosure) was factory rebuilt at 500 hours and has about 40 hours of operation since that time.

Three-blade 14" x 10" prop.


LOA 8.53m (28'0")
Beam 2.59m (8'6")
Draft Min 0.91m (3'0")
Displacement 5,442kg (12,000.0lbs)
Headroom 1.85m (6'1")
Storage On marina

Electrical Systems

72 volt, 8 batteries charged by: shore power, generator


Construction Wood
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Paint finish

LOA 27' 8"

This is a lapstrake / clinker hull crafted from Norwegian white pine. Built in Norway in 1977 following traditional methods -- reportedly using only hand tools! Planks are fastened using copper rivets. Varnished hull and topsides. All new safely glass windows and seals in 2012. A very tight boat. One plank was replaced in 2010 after another boat hit it, but there is no evidence of rot or deterioration of the wooden structure.

The current owner modified the interior extensively and tastefully, and added a complete canvas / isinglass enclosure for the cockpit.

20 gallon stainless steel fuel tank for generator.


Total # of berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 1
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Porta Potti)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Icebox tick
Carpet tick
Curtains tick
Manual water system tick

Forward stateroom contains two berths, a drop-down table and a large amount of storage.

Head compartment contains a porta-potty with a manual overboard pump-out system.

Cockpit has a small galley with a bronze handpump for water and a single-burner butane stove. Separate helm seat and companion seat are raised for good forward visibility. The fantail-shaped seating and table in the cockpit is roomy, comfortable and aesthetically very inviting. Upholstery throughout is new, attractive and in excellent condition.

1 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Radar tick
VHF DSC radio tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
Navigation lights tick
Fish Finder tick
Echo sounder tick

Simrad AP-24 autopilot with hydraulic drive
Simrad 2kw radar - 24 nm
Simrad NX 45 12" multifunction display
Simrad sounder module

Deck Gear

Cockpit cover tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Swim Ladder tick
Instrument Covers tick
Cockpit Enclosure tick
Bimini tick

Manual windlass
1 anchors
45.72m (150'0") of chain
30.48m (100'0") of warp


The seller reports that this is an excellent boat for trolling, operating at slow speeds all day long. And you won't scare the fish with engine noises!

Safety Equipment

Boarding ladder tick
Emergency steering tick

3 bilge pumps (1 manual / 2 Electric)

Broker's Comments

A rare and traditionally-beautiful wooden boat with green power technology!

Custom Snekka 28 with electric hybrid propulsion.

This traditional Norwegian-built lapstrake double-ender was built from Norwegian white pine following the Norwegian Snekka design and the methods handed down from the Vikings! She's a real tribute to Scandinavian wooden boat-building prowess, and would be an exceptional find even in Norway today. In Seattle she's a rarity and a stunner. The owner, a commercial fisherman of proud Norwegian heritage acquired this boat and made many upgrades, including the conversion of the boat to a hybrid diesel-electric drive system. It's an extraordinary experience to pilot this gem noiselessly, and she attracts admiring looks and waves wherever she goes.

If you're considering a Duffy or ElectaCraft electric boat you should look at this one -- she's got so much more to offer. And if you're looking for a traditional and classic design -- they don't come more classic than this!

The seller has turned to other interests so this "labor of love" and culturally significant gem is available at a fraction of its cost.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Custom Snekka 28 with Electric Drive has been personally photographed and viewed by Scott Helker of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.

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