Between the waves of the sea, electric yachts are true luxury

Until a few years ago, a report on electric boats would have taken up half a page, but today a separate monograph is no longer enough. Driven by geopolitical, economic and environmental pressures, boating is moving towards environmental friendliness, and zero-impact boats are heading towards a future that promises to be bright: Research and Markets has actually predicted that the global market will turn away from the environment will be $4.7 billion (2021 data) to $16.2 billion (by 2030). Interest in the industry is fueled by the numerous rallies, tours and boat shows (from Monaco Energy Boat Challenge from Montecarlo at the new E1 championship for electric boats, until Nautical show from Venice and toEBS from Milan), where we discuss ecologically sustainable projects, drives and solutions to accelerate ecological change also at sea.

Driving the change is the automotive industry, which has also invested heavily in this market segment with the aim of creating an ecosystem in which engines, batteries and chargers can be shared: General Motors spent $150 million to acquire 25 percent of Secure Seattle. based in Pure Watercraft, which makes electric boats; BMW is working with German Torqeedo (manufacturer of hybrid and electric hulls) to power boats with batteries i3; Jaguar launched the speedboat Vector Racing V20E, with the engine of a Formula E single-seater that reaches 75 knots; Renault feeds itself thanks to the Seine Alliance project Black Swan, a boat for excursions on the Seine. Instead, Toyota relies on hydrogen to power the 10-meter-long America’s Cup Emirates Team New Zealand pursuit boat, which reaches a speed of 50 knots.

Wave e-550, 5.50 m fully electric from vacuum resin infusion, with light and one and a half hours of autonomy at a speed between 3 and 22 knots, MAGONIS (68,900 €).

The advantages of a fully electric boat are obvious and many: savings in consumption and maintenance costs, absence of noise, fumes and odors, possibility of getting closer to the beaches or reaching protected marine areas and increased comfort on board thanks to the predisposition “natural” for 220-volt electrical devices (stoves, TV, radio, air conditioning, infotainment, etc.). On the other side of the scales are the price, which is still very high compared to a traditional boat, the difficulty of recharging and the lack of autonomy. It is no coincidence that the all-electric phenomenon mainly affects small or medium-sized vessels, especially on lakes or rivers: the absence of wave movements, the short distances and the possibility of charging the batteries through traditional sockets on the dock or on the water Through the special ones Fast charging stations are suitable for both short eco-cruises and as shuttles for guests of luxury hotels. And who goes to sea? To tackle long-distance navigation with peace of mind, it is better to focus on a hybrid formula (diesel/electric) or prepare to charge the onboard batteries via solar panels or hydro/wind turbines.

Respiro, a 7m boat handcrafted in carbon fiber, canvas and mahogany, with “intelligent” Yamaha RIM-Drive electric motor of 3.7 kW and an autonomy of 7.4 hours (at a speed of 4 knots), VENMAR ( 73,200 €).

To respond quickly to new market demand, some shipyards have simply modified existing boats and replaced internal combustion engines with electric ones, while others have invested in research and development to build boats from the ground up, taking space and weight into account at the design stage to take into account the requirements of using the electric motor and exploiting its full potential. An example is the Spanish shipyard (with production site in Sabaudia) Magoniswho presented it Wave e-550, a 5.50 meter long all-electric ship (made of vacuum resin infusion, with a light-and-a-half of continuous autonomy – at a speed between 3 and 22 knots – and with 18 percent of the battery remaining at the end of the day). The price, which is high for the size but corresponding to these models, is 68,900 euros. Also the historic Venetian shipyard Venmarfounded since 1969, has developed its own 7 meter vessel breath (handmade from carbon fiber, linen and mahogany). Harmo, Yamaha’s 3.7kW “intelligent” RIM drive electric motor; Equipped with an innovative steering control (with remote control and joystick), the new green propulsion allows an autonomy of 7.4 hours (at a speed of 4 knots). The boat (with standard AGM engine and battery included) costs 73,200 euros.

C-8, the first 100 percent electric foil day cruiser, has a cruising speed of 24 knots and a range of over 50 miles, CANDELA (€290,000 + VAT).

In the 8 meter range, rich in ecologically sustainable innovations, there is the Swedish one Candle C-8 (8.5 meters), which is the most popular model of 2022 with over 100 units sold: The first 100 percent electric day cruiser on foil that can fly on the water, eliminating all the typical disadvantages of conventional motorboats, such as rolling and pitching movements , waves movement, emissions and high fuel and maintenance costs; Ten sensors mounted on the carbon hull send inputs to the onboard computer, which independently adjusts the trim of the foils to enable comfortable navigation in all conditions. At a cruising speed of 24 knots C-8 The range is over 50 miles, the highest in its category. In addition, its engine (45/50 kW C-Pod) runs for three thousand hours without maintenance, which corresponds to 25 to 50 years of trouble-free navigation for a typical user. It is considered the Tesla of the seas and also shares a dizzying price with the super sports car: 290,000 euros, excluding VAT. His direct competitor also comes from Sweden, Eelex 8000: built by the shipyard X-shore Made from recycled plastic and canvas, with a 100% biocompatible cork interior, it features a 225 kWh engine that allows it to travel 40 miles at a cruising speed of 19 knots (but can reach 30 knots in a flash) without having to worry about the lithium batteries. It is controlled via a touchscreen and the information can also be accessed via apps and smartwatches, which automatically stop the boat in the event of a fall overboard. The basic price is 249 thousand euros.

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