The Greenline 39 Hybrid represents a fresh start for the Slovenian yard, we put it to the test – hybrid system and all – in the Solent
The 36 will do 5 knots on electric power alone
The truth is, the range is only around 20nm at 4 knots and even less if you slip along at full power, which doesn’t seem particularly useful on the face of it. However, in somewhere like the Solent, being able to blast across it at 18 knots and then switch into electric mode on one of the many rivers that feed it is a real treat. It was so still on our test day that it was even manageable to berth on electric drive, though the bow and sternthruster somewhat shattered the illusion.
If you’re not into the hybrid vibe then there is a 370hp Yanmar diesel option, though keep in mind that as part of the £30,000 you pay for the hybrid you effectively get a 7kW generator as part of the package.
The saloon and galley merge into one big living space
What is the rest of the boat like? The deck layout is familiar Greenline with a drop-down transom (now activated via remote control) that becomes the bathing platform, a totally flat threshold between cockpit and saloon and a top-hinged window that opens the aft galley up to the outside space. It works well and the huge windows and standard electric skylights teamed with light oak wood make for a saloon that feels spacious and bright.
The decks are asymmetric so the starboard deck is deep, wide and served by a side door at the helm that makes hopping out onto the decks to help with lines a simple job for the skipper. The door, and aforementioned roof hatches, make ventilating the saloon easy despite the amount of glazing in the superstructure.
Scissor-action berths in the forward cabin
Below decks the master cabin is forward with a rather cramped twin guest cabin amidships, reaching back beneath the saloon. The master, though, is a great cabin that uses the usual Greenline trick of dotting windows around the coachroof to improve the view out and the amount of natural light coming in. Both share a well proportioned heads with a separate shower cubicle and the master benefits from its own ensuite access.
The side door is a useful addition at the helm
The hybrid technology plays a small part in the overall appeal of the 36. The long-term reliability of the system is yet to be established but if the claims ring true the electric motor adds something to the overall package that many rivals can’t. That aside, though, the 36 is a fine year-round cruiser with a dependable hull and useful turn of speed. It’s not the last word in quality but it’s fuss-free, practical and it works.
You can read the full on the Greenline 39 Hybrid report in the May 2017 issue of MBY.
If you can appreciate the hybrid system as more of a silent cruising aid over anything to do with fuel efficiency then there are some real benefits to enjoy. The boat itself retains Greenline’s sensible attitude to boat design and is a practical, year-round cruiser
Length:39ft 3in (11.99m)
Beam:12ft 3in (3.75m)
Draught:3ft 0in (0.9m)
Fuel capacity:154 imp gal (700 litres)
Water capacity:88 imp gal (400 litres)
Test engines:Volvo D3 220hp + 10kW electric
Range (electric):20nm @ 5 knots
Top speed (diesel):18 knots