As the world of automobiles continues to transform at a rapid pace to adopt substantiality and the use of renewable energy, the yachting industry is slowly picking up the pace to switch to environment-friendly sailing. Back in March 2021, Polish shipbuilder Sunreef Yachts had announced its third all-electric catamaran called the 80 Eco which sits on the top of the brand’s line-up of eco-friendly luxury yachts.
Described by Sunreef as the world’s most advanced luxury catamaran, the flagship all-electric vessel marks the start of a very important chapter for the company that has been in the business of building luxury yachts for the last 20 years. A little more than half a year after the construction on the first 80 Eco vessel started, Sunreef has finally launched the state-of-the-art catamaran along with releasing a video that gives us a glimpse inside the yacht’s interior.
The Sunreef 80 Eco measures 24 meters in length, making it big enough to accommodate up to 10 guests in its five luxurious and well-appointed cabins located on the lower deck. The main saloon gets a spacious dining table along with a large TV flanked by two sofas. The aft deck that features sun loungers and additional sofas has space for hosting parties of up to 16 people.
The highlight of the catamaran is its propulsion system. The vessel is powered by twin 180kW electric engines. While the size of the battery pack has not been revealed, it is recharged by Sunreef Yachts’ proprietary solar panels that cover an area of 164 sqm. Designed and produced in-house, the panels integrated into the body of the vessel, from the hull sides to the superstructure to the carbon mast. Additionally, the twin motors act as generators capable of recovering up to 15kWh of energy when under sail.
Sunreef Yachts founder Francis Lapp said: “The Sunreef 80 Eco is all about responsible sailing and relying on renewable energy. We are now pairing the industry’s most innovative solar power system with hydro generation.”
[Via: BOAT International]