Recently, we can increasingly observe how large companies demonstrate bold concepts, which, alas, remain projects on paper. Surprisingly, the Wedgeline Hybrid 77 has not only passed the design stage, but is being built right now at the shipyard in Pisa! Retractable solar panels are the hallmark of this extraordinary superyacht.
Solar panels in an unexpected place
Engineers have long come up with many original ways to get energy from the sun. From solar panels to photovoltaic cells on the roofs of yachts, there is no limit to the human imagination. However, Fabiani Yacht has another bright solution.
The first model of the Italian company will be equipped with a “real park of solar panels”. The new Wedgeline Hybrid 77 is currently under construction at the Fabiani shipyard in Pisa. It will be 77 feet long and will have an all-aluminum hull.
The stumbling block is, of course, the unusual "solar park". It consists of approximately 1,200 square feet of solar panels. The collected energy is stored in batteries on board. From the batteries, it is transmitted to two electric motors, which allow the yacht to move without emissions and noise for up to 16 hours at a speed of 6 to 8 knots.
Hybridity, cabins and flybridge
However, the yacht is hybrid. She is also powered by two MAN V-12 diesel engines with 1,900 hp which enable her to reach a cruising speed of 25 knots and a top speed of 29 knots.
Fabiani Yacht reports that the hull is 22 feet across. This will allow for more stability and space compared to other narrower designs.
Three or four guest cabins and one crew cabin can be accommodated on board. The number of cabins can vary at the request of the customer. In addition, the yacht has a large main saloon, a galley, a day bath and a glass staircase leading to the flybridge.
By the way, about the flybridge: it is equipped with a dining table, chairs and sun loungers. On the foredeck there are sofas and another table for outdoor recreation.
Another highlight is the aft bathing platform, which can be lowered 3 feet below the waterline or raised to be flush with the flybridge. Work on the first hull of the Wedgeline Hybrid 77 began in April and should be completed in the summer of 2023.
|Speed||up to 29 nodes; 25 knots (cruising)|
|Fuel supply||6000 l|
|Water reserve||1000 l|
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