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Brief Summary

The Greenline 39 Solar is a versatile cruiser that uses what the builder calls its proprietary “hybrid hull design” to offer stability and efficiency at a range of speeds. The boat we tested – the Greenline 39 Solar – is not equipped with the hybrid propulsion system but instead with a single 370-hp Yanmar diesel. Still, the builder’s experience with hybrid systems and Lithium Polymer batteries shows up in the company’s inventive power-management systems.

Key Features

  • Two sliding roofs, electrically operated
  • Electric swimming platform with remote control
  • Anchor with 164' (50 m) chain, Electric windlass
  • Full size 110V fridge/freezer, microwave, and induction stove
  • Reverse cycle air conditioning system
  • FUSION MS-AV750 marine entertainment system
  • GLOMAX digital/analog TV antenna
  • Sun cushions on the deck forward and cockpit seats
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 39' 6"
    11.99 m
    Beam 12' 4"
    3.75 m
    Dry Weight 16,580 lbs.
    7,521 kg
    Tested Weight 17,477 lbs.
    7,927 kg
    Draft 2' 11"
    0.9 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft 9' 7"
    2.95 m
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 185 gal.
    700 L
    Water Capacity 105 gal.
    400 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 370-hp Yanmar 8LV-370
    Tested Power 1 x 370-hp Yanmar
    Opt. Power

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    550 3.4 2.9 0.2 16.8 14.6 2789 2425.1 64
    1000 6.5 5.6 0.7 9.9 8.6 1652 1436.7 66
    1250 7.4 6.4 1.1 6.7 5.8 1113 967.4 68
    1500 8.9 7.7 2.2 4.0 3.5 674 585.7 71
    1750 9.9 8.6 3.2 3.1 2.7 515 447.9 77
    2000 10.6 9.2 4.8 2.2 1.9 366 318.2 78
    2200 12.9 11.2 6.7 1.9 1.7 322 279.8 81
    2400 15.0 13.0 8.2 1.8 1.6 305 265.6 81
    2600 16.2 14.0 9.9 1.6 1.4 273 237.4 80
    2800 18.5 16.1 10.8 1.7 1.5 285 248.0 80
    3000 21.1 18.3 13.4 1.6 1.4 262 228.0 81
    3200 22.1 19.2 15.3 1.4 1.3 241 209.1 82
    3400 24.2 21.0 17.7 1.4 1.2 228 198.0 83
    3550 25.8 22.4 19.1 1.4 1.2 225 195.6 83
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    550 2425.1 4488 5.50 0.76 7.14 64
    1000 1436.7 2659 10.50 2.65 4.21 66
    1250 967.4 1791 11.90 4.16 2.85 68
    1500 585.7 1085 14.30 8.33 1.70 71
    1750 447.9 829 15.90 12.11 1.32 77
    2000 318.2 589 17.10 18.17 0.94 78
    2200 279.8 518 20.80 25.36 0.81 81
    2400 265.6 491 24.10 31.04 0.77 81
    2600 237.4 439 26.10 37.48 0.68 80
    2800 248.0 459 29.80 40.88 0.72 80
    3000 228.0 422 34.00 50.72 0.68 81
    3200 209.1 388 35.60 57.92 0.60 82
    3400 198.0 367 38.90 67.00 0.60 83
    3550 195.6 362 41.50 72.30 0.60 83

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 5.4 sec.
    0 to 30 11.2 sec. (0to20)
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 3 persons, 1/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 72 deg., 40 humid.; wind: 20-25 mph; seas: 3-4

    Captain's Report

    Greenline 39 Solar running
    The Greenline 39 Solar has a hull designed to offer comfort at all speeds.

    Overview

    The Greenline 39 Solar is intended to be a coastal cruiser, with a hull that is designed to give the performance to operate at displacement speeds with diesel or electric propulsion with stability and comfort, or speed up to a semi-displacement hull speed to add flexibility to the cruising agenda, without sacrificing the ride. The efficiency of the hull, combined with the emissions-free electric propulsion, gives Greenline some substantial environmental credibility. The Greenline 39 Solar is the second-smallest of the five-model series of boats from Greenline Yachts, which range from the Greenline 33 to the 65 OceanClass. The Greenline 39 Solar uses the company’s proprietary “hybrid hull design.”

    Major Features

    • • “Hybrid Hull” design
    • • 110-volt electrical system allows use of household appliances, including air conditioning, a full-size refrigerator, hair dryer and more, without a genset
    • • Available hybrid propulsion system
    • • Fold-down transom/swim platform
    • • Wide-opening aft bulkhead for indoor-outdoor feel from salon to cockpit
    • • Smart use of natural light
    Greenline 39 Solar running
    The Greenline 39 Solar has a single diesel engine and does not rely on a hybrid propulsion system, but she’s got an interesting power-management system thanks to some photovoltaic solar panels on her hardtop.

    Available Hybrid Propulsion

    While Greenline boats are available with a hybrid propulsion system, our test boat didn’t have it. The hybrid system, which uses an electric motor linked to a diesel engine via a hydraulic-clutch system. The electric motor functions as a generator when the boat is using diesel propulsion, charging a bank of Lithium Polymer batteries.

    When the hybrid boat is switched to electric propulsion mode, this is the coolest part: The diesels are switched off and the loudest thing one can hear are waves slapping the hull. It felt like we were adrift. Until we moved the throttles and heard the water start flowing by the hull.

    Hull Design

    The Greenline 39 Solar we tested has the same efficient semi-displacement hull that the company uses to make those hybrid-powered boats work in a range of conditions. The company refers to it as the “Hybrid Hull Design,” and this hull combines a few different elements: A plumb bow, a very sharp forefoot, hard chines brought all the way forward to knock down spray, a rounded bottom, and a propeller pocket.

    Greenline 39 Solar hull
    The hull places the propeller in a pocket. Note the stern thruster at the upper left.
    Greenline 39 Solar running
    Our test captain experienced a slight bow-high running attitude in the Greenline 39 Solar at speed.

    Stern

    The stern of the Greenline 39 Solar has a 15” (.38 m) platform, a walkway, really, with a boarding ladder to starboard. There’s a fold-down transom that forms a swim platform measuring 29” (.73 m) out from the hinge where it meets the cockpit sole. It’s 80” (2.03 m) wide. The boarding ladder is positioned so it can be used whether the transom is folded up or deployed.

    Greenline 39 Solar swim platform
    The transom folds out to form a swim platform, as well as opening up the cockpit on the Greenline 39 Solar.
    Greenline 39 Solar ladder
    The boarding ladder is mounted beneath the fixed 15’’ (.38 m) swim platform, and positioned for use whether the transom is folded out, or in the up position, as shown here.

    The transom that folds out to become the swim platform is not hydraulically actuated, but instead deploys by a spring-loaded ram that pushes the swim platform out from its folded position. A line attached to the top corner on the port side unspools from a winch in the aft port bulkhead, and this power winch respools the line to refold the transom. There’s a stainless steel barrel-bolt-style latch on each end of the transom to ensure it stays folded.

    Greenline 39 Solar transom
    Rather than being hydraulically actuated, the foldout transom and swim platform on the Greenline 39 Solar uses a line connected to a winch to retrieve the platform. It can also be recovered manually.
    Greenline 39 Solar ram
    This spring-loaded ram helps deploy the foldout transom to serve as a swim platform, the line connects to a winch in the bulkhead to fold it up, and the barrel bolt keeps it folded while underway.
    Greenline 39 Solar winch
    The winch for the transom/swim platform is accessible through the cockpit hatches.

    Cockpit

    With the transom closed, the cockpit is 6’6” (1.98 m) long and 6’3” (1.91 m) wide between the built-in seats, a full-length bench to port, and a corner seat to starboard. The hardtop overhang adds some shade with an overhead height of 6’10” (2.08 m) over the teak sole. Our test boat had a teak decking package that adds these teak surfaces but only where the deck is protected from the sun. In the sole is a large locker beneath two hatch lids that fold outboard, though there’s still a centerline divider that lets someone walk the tightrope to enter the salon with the hatches open. Under the sole, the Cummins Onan 5 kW genset, batteries, and other equipment are stowed. The genset through-hull, underwater exhaust, and other equipment is accessible here.

    Greenline 39 Solar cockpit
    The cockpit is a pleasant place to sit, beneath the hardtop overhang…
    Greenline 39 Solar cockpit
    But it opens up and puts occupants in better touch with the sea when the transom is folded down. The round plate on the centerline when opened gives access to the emergency steering gear and a rod tiller comes standard.

    In the same hatch is access to the hydraulic steering system, a system of a single rudder behind a single prop. This old-school system has a distinct advantage, as our test captain showed. Thanks to a nut atop the rudder post beneath a deck plate, one can tiller-steer the boat as a backup to the steering system. We like that kind of thoughtful redundancy.

    Greenline 39 Solar hatches
    The cockpit hatches open wide for easy access to genset, steering, and through-hulls.
    Greenline 39 Solar rudder
    The rudder post has a nut on top to allow tiller steering in an emergency.
    Greenline 39 Solar
    The tiller affixes to the rudder post through a deck plate in the cockpit sole, in case of steering-system failure.

    To either side of the aft bulkhead are large grab handles for safety in a seaway. The tinted, mirrored, all-glass aft bulkhead has a door on centerline that slides to starboard. To port, the top section of the mirrored bulkhead swings up on gas-assisted rams, opening the aft galley counter in the salon to the cockpit and creating indoor-outdoor space and a serving bar, thanks to a backsplash that folds down to serve in the cockpit.

    Greenline 39 Solar mirror
    That mirrored aft bulkhead keeps prying eyes at bay at the dock when privacy is desired.
    Greenline 39 Solar open
    But it opens up to make the cockpit become an extension of the salon and galley inside with a sliding door.

    Single Side Deck

    The traditional shape of the Greenline 39 Solar belies some imaginative thinking, and, aside from hybrid propulsion options, the asymmetrical layout may be the most striking example. The deckhouse is situated to port, and there’s only one side deck that runs along the starboard side, 15” (.38 m) between the house side and the rail. The portside deck is 6” (.15 m) wide with 10.5” (.26 m) from the house side to the rail’s edge. While the port side can be transited in a pinch, it’s clear that the starboard side is the best way to get around the boat. The overhang that shades the cockpit also covers its aft end, supported by a fashion plate aft with a glass insert.

    Greenline 39 Solar side deck
    The side deck runs along the starboard side behind a fashion plate with glass insert.
    Greenline 39 Solar
    The shape of the fashion plate is emulated in the port-side design, indicated by the blue arrow, for a semblance of symmetry.
    Greenline 39 Solar side deck
    The starboard side deck is the best way to move around on the Greenline 39 Solar.

    Forward, there’s a side door to the helm station to simplify shorthanded docking. The side deck has a step up just forward of the helm door, then two additional steps up to the foredeck. The side deck is protected by substantial bulwarks and the side rail starts rising just about where the helm side door is, providing comfort and protection for crew moving forward to the foredeck.

    Greenline 39 Solar helm door
    Our test captain took advantage of pleasant conditions with the helm side door open.

    Foredeck

    The broad, round-edged foredeck has nonskid all around a trunk cabin topped with a cushion. There’s a cutout cushion section that allows the hatch in the forepeak stateroom to be uncovered. An anchor sits on a roller pulpit, and the rode runs through a windlass.

    Greenline 39 Solar ground tackle
    The ground tackle is kept tidy and seamanlike thanks to pulpit with anchor roller and a low-profile Quick windlass.
    Greenline 39 Solar gas assist
    The gas-assist ram holds the chain locker lid open, handy for shorthanded docking using the remote control.
    Greenline 39 Solar bow rail
    A bow rail gate on centerline is hinged to open outward and secured with a pin.
    Greenline 39 Solar trunk cabin
    Around the trunk cabin, on each side as well as the front, there are windows that admit natural light to the accommodations on the lower deck. It’s a game changer in the forward cabin, largely because of the overhang over each window – the light admitted is indirect and therefore softer.
    Greenline 39 Solar sun pad
    A sun pad makes the most of the foredeck, and the cushions have that cutout section for the overhead hatch in the forward stateroom.

    Salon

    The salon has a galley to port with a stand-up fridge to starboard just inside the sliding door in the aft bulkhead. The overhead aft is upholstered in vinyl and has both direct and indirect LED lighting. Our test boat was finished in golden teak (white oak and walnut are also available). With that galley window open, the airy space from helm station to cockpit is unified with the cockpit.

    Greenline 39 Solar windows
    Large windows to port and starboard and an aft bulkhead that opens wide make the salon airy and bright.

    Galley

    The galley consists of an L-shaped counter at the aft end of the salon, convenient to the cockpit. The counter has a sink recessed into it on the port side, and a two-burner induction cooktop on the aft side. Greenline provides induction-ready cookware to use on the cooktop. Beneath the counter and overhead and above along the port side bulkhead are lockers to stow food, crockery, utensils and glassware, and the drawers are all soft close.

    Greenline 39 Solar galley
    The galley is handy to serve the cockpit particularly when the aft bulkhead is opened wide.
    Greenline 39 Solar cooktop
    The induction cooktop and sink are set in hard-surface countertops in the galley.
    Greenline 39 Solar galley
    The galley is compact but offers stowage in two cabinets above and cabinets and drawers below.
    Greenline 39 Solar refrigerator
    The large refrigerator is opposite the galley, convenient to both the salon and the cockpit. The locker above has a microwave oven.

    On the starboard side forward of the fridge is a built-in console with locker stowage and above is a large side window. A popup flat screen TV emerges from that console at the push of a button. The joinery and finishes throughout the Greenline 39 Solar are impeccable.

    Greenline 39 Solar tv
    A popup flat screen TV raises out of the forward end of this console.

    Forward of the galley is a U-shaped lounge with a dining table. Our lounge had vinyl upholstery and a fixed solid-wood table. Leather upholstery is available as an option, as is a hi-lo pedestal for the table, which makes this lounge area convertible to a berth for overnight guests.

    Greenline 39 Solar lounge
    This lounge welcomes guests for dinner and also serves as comfortable companion seating for the helm opposite.
    Greenline 39 Solar reading light
    A reading light with red LEDs serves the lounge, yet won’t blind the skipper on night passages.
    Greenline 39 Solar salon layout
    The salon layout is an efficient use of space, with galley and fridge located aft so it can service the cockpit as well as the dining table.

    Helm

    The forward end of the salon has a helm station to starboard. The helm console is covered in non-glare flat-finish vinyl, and has a nicely finished wood-and-stainless wheel at its center. Autopilot and Yanmar engine displays flank a touchscreen Raymarine multifunction display on the high helm panel, the lower panel, at a shallower angle, has switches for the electrical systems, all labeled with universally understandable icons, a system display, joystick controls for the Quick bow and stern thrusters, Bennett trim tab controls with LED indicators, a spotlight remote control, and the throttle-and-shift binnacle. On the front of the helm are the VHF to port and the backup throttle control to starboard.

    Greenline 39 Solar helm
    The helm console puts the chartplotter, autopilot, and engine display closest to the line of sight for the skipper.
    Greenline 39 Solar switches
    Controls and switches are all within easy reach on the helm console. In the middle of the helm just forward of the wheel is the Simarine display, which helps the skipper manage power.

    An angled footrest below helps the driver find a comfortable position, and it also flips down to serve as a raised platform for shorter operators. There’s a fiddled bin that’s revealed when the platform is folded down, terrific for tucking a cruising guide or odds and ends. The platform prevents dangling feet for the operator and companion when seated at the helm. The door to starboard is a glass panel that slides aft, but there’s a high sill to step over to get to the side deck. There’s a trim panel to outboard of the helm, and it seems to encroach a bit on the space.

    Greenline 39 Solar wooden piece
    Our test captain would trim this wooden trim piece, as it can get in the way of the helmsman when passing through the opening.
    Greenline 39 Solar foot rest
    The angled footrest below the helm will allow for a comfortable leaning position with the helm seat bolster folded up. Note the high sill on the door to the side deck.
    Greenline 39 Solar helm platform
    The platform folds down to let a seated helmsman rest his legs, and the helm storage bin is revealed.

    Our test captain found the sightlines from the helm to be excellent both forward and to the sides. It’s at the aft salon corners, where the refrigerator to starboard and the panel in the galley to port impinge on the view. But the helm door to the side deck solves much of that problem.

    Greenline 39 Solar helm seat
    From his perch on the helm seat our test captain liked the sightlines on the Greenline 39 Solar.
    Greenline 39 Solar view
    Here’s the view aft from the helm seat, where we see the refrigerator and galley panel obstructing sightlines. The side door from the helm helps minimize the effect.

    The helm seat is a fixed, two-seat bench with a one-piece fold-up bolster at the front. A two-piece bolster would allow the helmsman to stand at the helm while still allowing a companion to sit in comfort. The seat is mounted in a fixed position atop a cabinet that has the control head for a Fusion stereo and the electrical panel as well as battery switches.

    Greenline 39 Solar battery switches
    The battery switches, electrical panel, and Fusion stereo control head are located in the cabinet on which the helm seat is mounted.

    The inverter control panel is located here too, which controls the charge that the solar panels impart to the boat. If the boat is being used, turn up the inverter to increase the power. If the boat is idle, turn it down to just allow a trickle charge.

    Greenline 39 Solar system
    The Simarine system lets the user check on battery charge and tank levels in a full color display that’s intuitive to navigate.

    On our test day, the Simarine system indicated the batteries were at 100% charge, even though our test took most of the day. During the time at the dock, the boat had the lights on, the 16,000-BTU air-conditioner running, and the full-size refrigerator operating, too. While the batteries would likely show some loss of charge if the second 16,000-BTU A/C were turned on, the South Florida sun was keeping up with the power needs of the boat.

    Greenline 39 Solar hard top cells
    The photovoltaic cells on the hardtop keep the batteries topped up for all onboard systems.
    Greenline 39 Solar inverter
    The inverter control lets the user set the level of charge from the solar-panel array on the hardtop.
    Greenline 39 Solar helm area
    Above the helm area are two sunroofs that open electrically, and are each equipped with both blackout screens and bug screens.

    Engine Room

    The engine room is accessed through a large sound-proofed, insulated hatch in the sole of the main salon. The 370-hp Yanmar 8V diesel engine is flanked to port and starboard by fuel tanks linked with a large fuel line with valves at either end that allows the fuel system to self-balance, whether the boat is filled from one tank or the other in a crossover system. Fuel lines are all double-clamped as recommended by ABYC standards.

    Greenline 39 Solar engine
    The engine sits beneath the salon sole between the fuel tanks.

    Through-hull fittings for main engine raw water as well as one for the air-conditioning system are easy to inspect and reach. There’s a fuel filter mounted on the forward bulkhead, with a secondary filter mounted on the engine itself. In the after section of the engine room is a fire-protection system, the underwater exhaust, and the hot-water heater, flanked by the water tanks.

    Greenline 39 Solar fuel tank
    The fuel tank crossover line is double clamped. The ball valve is easily accessible, as are the hot water heater, the raw-water strainer and through-hull ball valve, and the through-hull ball valve for the air-conditioning system.

    Accommodations

    Access to the lower deck is through a companionway on centerline to port of the helm station. Down three steps, our test captain found a two-stateroom, one-head layout. Forward is the owner’s stateroom. To port and aft is the guest double. The head is to starboard with a door for access to the forward master. There’s also a door at the bottom of the companionway for the head to be used as a dayhead.

    Greenline 39 Solar twin berths
    Twin berths in both staterooms push together to form queen berths.

    Master Stateroom

    The master stateroom has two berths that can be positioned as a V-berth or moved together to create a queen berth for couples. With an overhead height of 6’3” (1.91 m), the space is bright and airy, thanks to an overhead hatch, hull side windows, and also those windows around the foredeck trunk cabin. Light switches are placed in the overhead at the door. There’s 3’10” (1.17 m) of headroom over the berth.

    Greenline 39 Solar master
    The master stateroom can be set up for a couple with a queen berth.
    Greenline 39 Solar apart
    The berths easily slide apart to make a more flexible arrangement.

    A large hanging locker is located to port and to starboard are three cubbies, an inventive use of the space. The door to the head in the aft starboard corner. The master is also lined with storage in lockers above the hull side windows to both port and starboard.

    Greenline 39 Solar
    The hanging locker has a bar that slides out for easier access, and has a couple of shelves at the back that will come in handy.
    Greenline 39 Solar master
    The master has four of these upper lockers to either side, each one with a spring ram and latch as well as a fiddle on the shelf. Note the cubbies at right that offer additional stowage.

    Head

    The head has access from the master as well as from the companionway, so it easily serves as a dayhead. The finishes are all to the same level as the rest of the boat. A basin sink sits upon a vanity and a handy shelf ensures guests will have a spot to set down their dopp kit or makeup bag. There’s storage behind the mirrors as well as beneath the sink. A separate stall shower has a glass door and a European-style spray nozzle. The shower sole lifts easily to access the sump.

    Greenline 39 Solar head
    The head has a basin sink and storage behind the mirror and beneath the sink.
    Greenline 39 Solar shower
    The head has a separate stall shower with glass door and European style spray nozzle.

    Guest Stateroom

    At the entrance to the guest stateroom, there is standing headroom and a place to sit on a comfortable chair that makes it easy to get dressed. A hanging locker stows the wardrobe. Twin berths slide together to form a queen berth. An opening portlight helps with ventilation as does a sliding panel in the overhead that opens into the salon.

    Greenline 39 Solar guest stateroom
    The guest stateroom has a portlight and a pair of berths beneath an overhead of varying geometry.
    Greenline 39 Solar sky light
    The sliding skylight opens to the saloon, admitting light and air from the salon above.
    Greenline 39 Solar hanging locker
    This hanging locker will help to make weekend guests’ lives easier.

    Performance

    The Greenline 39 Solar has a LOA of 39’6” (11.99 m) and a beam of 12’4” (3.75 m). With an empty weight of 16,580 lbs. (7,521 kg), 48.6 gallons (184 L) of fuel and three people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 17,477 lbs. (7,927 kg).

    Greenline 39 Solar running
    The Greenline 39 Solar uses a semi-displacement hull that allows her to operate efficiently at higher speeds while still giving good range at displacement speeds.

    With the Yanmar 370-hp diesel powering our test boat, we reached a top speed of 22.4 knots/25.8 mph at 3550 rpm. Because this is a “hybrid hull design”, she can run reasonably fast or slow and either way cut through the waves.

    Greenline 39 Solar running
    When the Greenline 39 Solar is on plane, she exhibits a slightly bow high running attitude, as is proper.

    At 1250 rpm, she cruised at 6.4 knots with a range of 967.4 miles and 5.8 nmpg. At 2000 rpm, she cruised at 9.2 knots with an efficiency of 1.9 mpg and a range of 318.2 nautical miles. At 2800 rpm, she went 16.1 knots of speed and a range of 248 nm and a 1.5 nmpg efficiency. A variety of cruising speeds means skippers can have their pick of performance.

    Greenline 39 Solar running
    One can see the forward spray knocker at work, pushing the water away from the hull right from the plumb bow.

    For acceleration, the Greenline 39 Solar had a time to plane of 5.4 seconds and a zero to 20 mph time of 11.2 seconds.

    Greenline 39 Solar running bow
    Our test day was calm but we made the most of the wake of our camera boat to try to see how she would handle rougher conditions. She took the waves well and settled quickly into her level running attitude.

    Handling

    The Greenline 39 Solar is a single diesel coastal cruiser with a conventional shaft and rudder design. Her running surface is a rounded hull with hard chines on either side, and with bilge keels to help with stability and tracking. As mentioned, Greenline refers to this as a hybrid hull, which implies that it runs well at both slow displacement speed and faster speeds too, and we don’t disagree with that assessment.

    At displacement speed, she tracked straight and responded well to controls. That open door to the side deck lets the driver really stay in touch with the sea and have a sense of what’s going on, lending ventilation on nice days.

    Greenline 39 Solar idle
    The Greenline 39 Solar managed the channel very easily, though conditions were benign on test day.

    We also checked out how the Greenline 39 Solar ran at higher speeds as well, since the boat is designed to be a coastal cruiser with semi-displacement speed. She topped out at better than 22 knots, tracking well and responding to the turns with a gentle inboard lean. Her semi-planing performance left no spray on the deck or windshield, thanks to the hard chine extending far forward, though, again, we had calm conditions on test day. When it gets rough, at higher speeds she will be wet. At displacement speeds she should be dry.

    Greenline 39 Solar running
    At higher speeds, the Greenline 39 Solar responded to helm commands with an easy lean.

    Docking

    The single-diesel Greenline 39 Solar is easy to manage around the dock, with a good-size rudder working with the prop to put us in position easily. Of course, with bow and stern thrusters at the ready, the Greenline 39 Solar is simple to handle in tight quarters, easily rotating in her own length. The design recommends itself to short-handing on this couple’s cruiser, with the side door that allows the helmsman unobstructed sightlines along the entire starboard side of the boat. The open door also keeps one within easy earshot of crew on deck and dock, and lets the skipper leave the helm to tend to lines or fenders.

    Greenline 39 Solar
    Docking is a piece of cake with bow and stern thrusters at the ready to help rotate her in the fairway, not to mention the helm door to the side deck for improved communication.

    Observations

    While her performance may not be what one would call exhilarating, there’s still fun to be had at a fast cruise of around 18 knots, which we consider a desirably speed for a cruising yacht. We could find no downside to the finish on the Greenline 39 Solar in finish or materials, and we liked the simplicity of the design.

    We like the way this boat uses electrical power, which shows true innovation. 110-volt current is available throughout the boat to power appliances and provide many of the comforts of home, and without running a generator at anchor. The end result is that, after cruising under diesel propulsion to get to a secluded anchorage, one can use the electrical system to run the lights, the refrigerator, even the air conditioning, without a diesel generator running. The noise and smell and vibration are all over for the day, and just the sound of the breeze and sea lapping the hull remain.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Greenline 39 Solar (2018-) is 25.8 mph (41.5 kph), burning 19.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 72.29 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Greenline 39 Solar (2018-) is 18.5 mph (29.8 kph), and the boat gets 1.7 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.72 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 285 miles (458.66 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 370-hp Yanmar.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Standard

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard

    Galley

    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard

    Exterior Features

    Side Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Freezer Standard

    Warranty

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