Hybrid Lobster Boat Taking Shape in Boothbay

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Portland Press Herald: The throaty diesel rumble, the petroleum smell and wisp of smoke—none of it was present when Eugene Story started the engine on the 23’ lobster boat docked at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in mid-July.

Instead, air bubbles in the water from the propeller were the only indication that the vessel was under way.

The boat’s name on the transom—Electra, trailed by a thunderbolt—offered an explanation. Story was piloting an electric lobster boat.

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