Launching in 2020, the Spirit 44E will be fully electric with solar panels and no hydrocarbons onboard.
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Spirit Yachts are constructing a 13.4m electric yacht for an eco-minded overseas buyer. We caught up with the project team to see what features the owner can look forward to:
Two solar panels integrated into the aft deck, set to colour match the teak. The panels will charge OceanVolt 48VDC 30.4kWh batteries, which powers her Oceanvolt SD15 electric drive.
“From afar, the Spirit 44E will look like any other Spirit Yacht – flush decks and timeless beauty of quality wooden craftsmanship. Up close, she will display signs of the sailing yachts of the future”.
Head Designer, Sean McMillan
Lightweight electric drive system using hydro generation via the propeller which regenerates the batteries whilst sailing.
Example: regeneration of 1.5kW when sailing at 5 knots.
Includes 4T Forte sails, currently the only sails made from cloth that can be recycled. Reversible heating/air-conditioning Webasto pump will heat and cool using minimal power.
No hydrocarbons onboard, cooking done on a spirit stove.
“The stretch goal for the 44E is near total energy self-sufficiency. We envision plugging into shore power to be a rare event. And happily, an energy-efficient design is also a fast design. This light and sleek girl is going to fly!”
Managing Director, Nigel Stuart
Construction: Wood epoxy composite
LOA: 13.4m / 44’
LWL: 9.4m / 30’ 8”
Beam: 3.3m / 10’ 1”