Published: Monday, 04 February 2013
Mike Fulton


Patterson Boatworks, the Cumbria-based builder of innovative yachts and tenders, is introducing the Lucent 44.  This new 14-metre superyacht tender and leisure platform by Van Geest Design uses the latest in hybrid propulsion and has a cruising range of 200 nm at 20 knots. 

The styling ethos revolves around transparency to give visual and physical access to the surrounding environment.  The Lucent 44 has contemporary curved lines, a flush foredeck and raised cockpit bulwarks to provide protection from spray at speed.

Lucent 44 

The large lounge cockpit, aft of the steering position, has an integrated bar/BBQ and an ingenious table system which transforms into an ideal alfresco drinks and dining area.  The wrap-around transom is made from glass to give a feeling of openness and folds down to create a bathing platform. 

The Lucent 44 features the light and an advanced marine diesel-electric hybrid drive system.  The system, based around miniature diesel range extenders, maintains a bank of lithium batteries between a 35% and 90% charge.  These power twin 60kW drives that deliver an impressive range of over 200 nautical miles on 80 liters of fuel at 20 knots.  Fuel economy is further enhanced by a highly efficient carbon hull design.

Addition features include translucent corking in the cockpit to radiate light, photovoltaic cells in the roof above the steering position and air-conditioning down below.  The interior can be fitted out either as a cabin with a V-bed, a day head and galley, or as a limousine saloon. 

With her ample cockpit, silent operation and excellent visibility, the Lucent 44 is suited for a wide range of applications.  As well as a superyacht tender and day boat, she can be used by luxury resorts for carrying guests or operation in areas sensitive to noise and wash.