LAMOINE — The Newport International Boat Show has long been considered one of the most prestigious of the annual yachting expositions held up and down the Atlantic Coast as the New England boating season nears its end.
The annual event draws exhibitors, and visitors, from all over the United States and around the world.
Last weekend, the show’s producers named Star, a Calvin Beal Jr.-designed 38-footer built by SW Boatworks of Lamoine, the 2018 Best Green Boat in the New Products category.
The awards are open to domestic and foreign boats launched in the United States after April 1, 2018, that made their boat show debut at Newport.
Built as a cruiser and dive boat, Star combines a traditional Downeast hull design that can trace its heritage back to the early lobster boats built on Beals Island with a cutting edge marine electronics system that eliminates the need for a separate generator and shorepower.
Star has separate, independent solar charging systems for the battery that starts its 500-horsepower diesel engine and the batteries that operate all of the other electrical systems on the boat such as lighting, refrigeration and navigation instruments. A single 112-watt solar panel is dedicated to the engine battery while eight 125-watt panels (1,000 watts in all) are dedicated to the rest of the electrical demands. Each of the nine solar panels has its own controller.
Star’s owners seem delighted with their new boat.
“We’re over the top happy with the quality of the craftsmanship of this boat,” they said in a statement provided by SW. “We are newly retired and can’t wait to go cruising and diving this summer.”
Those plans seem to have been realized.
“The owners have used it (Star) every weekend and many week trips throughout New England” Alice Workman, of SW Boatworks, said Monday. “The boat has not been ‘plugged in’ since its launch in May.”