Shipman Yachts is adding a new generation of performance cruisers to its range . The Shipman 59 is the first blue water production yacht with hybrid power. The designers are a diverse trio of naval architects from different countries and varied backgrounds in yacht design and development.

J & J Design consisting of brothers Jerej and Japec Jakopin have been designing yachts in Europe since 1983. They joined the Seaway Group in Bled, Slovenia and considered one of Europe's premium performance cruising yacht designers. They have won over 60 Boat of the Year and design awards and have over 60,000 yachts representing 300 of their designs cruising the globe.

Since 1973 California designer, Doug Peterson, has been designing sailing, race, super and luxury yachts around the world. He is best known for his success collaborating on the winning America's Cup yachts America3 in 1992 and New Zealand's Black Magic in 1995. Doug was the lead designer in the winning Louis Vuitton Cup boat for Prada Challenge in 2000. Marine industry professionals hail him as the expert on hydrodynamics.

French naval architects, Guilaume Verdier, is one of the most sought after designers in the world at the moment. His yachts finished in the top four positions in the 2012/2013 Vendee Globe single-handed round the world race. His designs stand out for their efficient racing deck for short handed sailing. Guilaume's engineering is based on the idea of making boats easier and more efficient to drive rather than making speed and power everything.

The Shipman 59 uses new hybrid technology and solar engineering including diesel/electric hybrid drive, sun generated energy and lithium batteries. Seaway Yachts, the builder for the successful Greenline Hybrid motor cruiser range, is also the builder for Shipman Carbon Yachts.

The new Shipman uses carbon fibres and epoxy resins with an aggressive hull design to make it a light and fast ocean cruiser. New features for Shipman on the 59 are a forward deck lounge, protected steering station and hydraulic gangway. The pilothouse creates an extra large living space with a true 360 panoramic view from the saloon.

The high-tech yacht is available at a moderate price due to new production processes and composite materials. With the use of hybrid engineering and solar energy, the Shipman's zero emissions while at dock or anchorage make for a cost effective eco-friendly way to go cruising.

Eyachts, based on Pittwater NSW, is the Australian importer for the Shipman Carbon Yacht range. For more information contact eyachts at 02-997-6612 or visit

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