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Scout Boats Launches Hybrid Model at New York Show

Priced at $17,121, Scout's Hybrid is just a few hundred dollars more expensive than a similar-sized traditional vessel.

Published: 04-Jan-2008

A Summerville boat manufacturer is making waves at the New York National Boat Show this week, launching one of the first vessels to run on gasoline and electricity.

The 14 1/2-foot Hybrid model by Scout Boats Inc. comes equipped with a traditional 20-horsepower outboard motor, plus two 36-volt electric motors made by Lenco Marine of Florida.

The vessel's quiet battery-powered units can run up to 8 miles an hour for eight hours between charges, though the boat can travel about three times faster when the gas- powered engine is cranking.

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