Vita, a manufacturer of performance electric boats and electrified marine powertrains, announced its flagship model, the LION, will be manufactured in Maine by Hodgdon Yachts – the oldest shipyard in the United States. When it begins sea trials this summer, the LION will boast impressive marine propulsion specs.

Vita is a marine technology company separated into two divisions – Vita Yachts which designs and produces performance electric boats, and Vita Power which develops the all-electric powertrains that propel them.

Since being founded in 2017, Vita has joined the growing quest to bring more sustainable means of travel to our planet’s waters.

The company’s first prototype, the nine-meter Vita IX, won in both speed and endurance classes at the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge in 2018 and was followed by more success in Monaco a year later with its 10-meter Electrix day boat prototype.

In 2020, Vita introduced the LION – a speedy, 10.5-meter performance electric day boat slotted for production as Vita’s flagship model. Following today’s news, we now know that this upcoming performance electric boat will be built in the United States before it begins sea trials this summer.

Vita LION performance electric boat to be built in Maine
Vita announced its new partnership with Hodgdon Yachts in a recent press release, outlining all the effort going into the upcoming LION day boat.

The vessel itself has been engineered and powered by Vita in the UK, designed by BorromeodeSilva in Milan, and will now be built by Hodgdon Yachts in Maine, at the oldest shipyard in the United States. The shipyard was founded in 1816 and remains family owned to this day. Rory Trahair, CEO of the Yachts Division spoke about Vita’s new partner:

Our vision was to create a boat with no compromise in terms of user experience, performance and functionality while also ensuring the least impact possible on the marine environment in which it operates. This collaboration with Hodgdon combines our technical innovation and their centuries of craftsmanship at the highest levels to produce the most advanced electric powerboat built to date

The LION itself can accommodate up to eight passengers in its large cockpit that can be converted to a dining area. In addition to a sun pad, shower, and swimming ladder, the 10.5-meter-long LION performance electric boat features an enclosed cabin with a day bed, day head (toilet), and sink.

Our vision was to create a boat with no compromise in terms of user experience, performance and functionality while also ensuring the least impact possible on the marine environment in which it operates. This collaboration with Hodgdon combines our technical innovation and their centuries of craftsmanship at the highest levels to produce the most advanced electric powerboat built to date

The LION itself can accommodate up to eight passengers in its large cockpit that can be converted to a dining area. In addition to a sun pad, shower, and swimming ladder, the 10.5-meter-long LION performance electric boat features an enclosed cabin with a day bed, day head (toilet), and sink.