A new electric propulsion system, a Dutch shipyard is going to make five yachts a year, and Fountaine Pajot will launch a whole fleet of electric catamarans - the most important yachting news of the past days.
New electric propulsion systems for small boats from Vetus
The Dutch company Vetus, like many others, is presenting its new products at Boot Düsseldorf 2023. The company presented three new air-cooled electric propulsion systems for small boats. By “small” we mean yachts with a length of 8 meters.
The units are called EAIR, but with different indexes - EAIR04024, EAIR040 and EAIR060. The units can produce 4 kW of energy at 24, 48 and 6 kW at 48 volts respectively. Such engines should be ideal for refitting boats with different types of hulls. Well, nobody forgot about installation on new yachts.
Among the features of the installation is air cooling. According to Vetus, such a system is much better than a water cooling system. The air system is not subject to clogging through water intakes, it is not afraid of glaciation due to low temperatures. Among other benefits, the company claims fewer parts and easier maintenance.
All three installations have a weight of 65 kg. The motors have a 1:1 direct drive. In general, all three versions of EAIR are part of the E-drive system from the same Vetus. Because of this, the motors are NMEA2000 compatible via the Vetus CANV2N CAN converter. This makes it possible to monitor the charge and condition of the battery.
Soel Yachts plans to make five solar-powered boats a year
Another Dutch company that is present at the exhibition in Dusseldorf - Soel Yachts - shared its plans for the near future. So, in 2023, the shipyard plans to launch its flagship catamaran with a length of 18.8 meters and begin production of five more boats in Italy.
Soel Yachts has already sold several of these five catamarans. In the future, the company expects to reach a permanent result of 5 catamarans a year. Production in Italy is planned commercial.
The peculiarity of these motor boats is that they are all powered by electricity from solar panels. Soel Yachts focuses on “high performance, low emissions, comfort and overall ease of maintenance”.
Fountaine Pajot and Dream Yacht Worldwide to Launch Electric Catamaran Fleet
The crowd favorite, the first electric Aura 51, was a milestone in Fountaine-Pajot's history. Already in April of this year, the catamaran should become available for charter. However, charter firm Dream Yacht Worldwide has partnered with the shipyard to create the first fleet of electric catamarans.
The main objective of the two companies is to improve the economic performance of the yachting industry. Fountaine Pajot's Aura 51 Smart Electric will be the first catamaran in the company's fleet. The kat uses two powerful lithium batteries, which provide the multitool with reliable and long-lasting power without additional emissions.
It is planned that Dream Yacht Worldwide, together with Fountaine-Pajot, will be able to create a fleet of more than 22 electric boats and catamarans. Almost half of them should be sailing catamarans, and the rest - boats from Dufour.
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