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Florida Receives The First Greenline Ocean Class 68 Hybrid Yacht

Spearheading Hybrid Boating In North America

The test center in Fort Lauderdale has just received the Ocean Class 68 Hybrid Yacht, the first in its class in North America. Brewster Knott Marketing Director at YachtSalesInternational.com comments, Our first time boaters are buying larger vessels than ever before, so we decided it was time to introduce the OceanClass 68 Hybrid to North America.

Our customers are researchers and they invest a lot of effort in understanding technology in hybrid and electric boating, Brewster Knott comments, “This is why we have the test center, to encourage our customers to test out the boats and see the magnitude of its capabilities in person.”

Greenline Yachts is of course looking forward to new faces at their test center in Fort Lauderdale, Vladimir Zinchenko, CEO and shipyard owner of Greenline Yachts comments, “We hope that our increased public relations work will bring us one step closer to revolutionizing electric boats.”

The demand already proves us right and we assume that it will increase even further with the start of the summer season. Simply because it has been recognized worldwide that travelling independently on water is more comfortable, safer and cleaner than ever before.

OceanClass 68 Hybrid Yacht

Greenline Ocean Class 68 Hybrid Yacht. Image credit: Greenline Yachts. 

Fort Lauderdale Test Center Connections

The US test center in Fort Lauderdale Florida is only 40 minutes by car from Miami International Airport (MIA / KMIA). Fort Lauderdale’s private Executive Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (FLL / KFLL) are just a stone’s throw away.

Greenline Yachts Launches Three Test Centers

Greenline has opened three new test centers in total to encourage customers to experience the magic of their boats first-hand. The test centers are located in three centrally accessible destinations:

● EU test center: Frankfurt
● Shipyard test center: Slovenia
● US test center: Fort Lauderdale

Unsurpassed Customer Service

Vladimir Zinchenko, CEO and shipyard owner of Greenline Yachts, cares about the user experience of its customers.

“The spark has to jump before the deal takes place. We want to improve the buying experience by providing wider access to our boats. The customer should get a feeling for what he/she is buying.”

Part of Greenline’s mission is to create more awareness around responsible boating. The test centers are designed to show people who are not yet familiar with Greenline Yachts that environmentally conscious boating can combine luxury, comfort and efficiency.

View Greenline Ocean Class 68 Hybrid Yachts for sale currently on YachtWorld’s listings page.

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Written by Emma Coady

Written by: Emma Coady

Emma Coady is a freelance writer and marine journalist who creates content for many household names in the boating industry, including YachtWorld, Boat Trader and boats.com. She also writes for several boat builders as well as charter and rental companies and regularly contributes to Greenline Hybrid yachts, TJB Super Yachts and Superyachts Monaco. Emma is the founder of Cloud Copy and enjoys traveling around Europe, spending as much of her spare time as possible in or on the water.

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