Solar yacht capable of limitless sailing with zero emissions

Yves Le Marquand
By Yves Le Marquand February 25, 2020 15:02

Solar yacht capable of limitless sailing with zero emissions

Two catamarans, the Serenity 64 and 74, are on trend for the 2020s. Sustainability is driving change almost everywhere you look and the superyachting industry is no different. Grand Cayman-based Serenity Yachts just unveiled two newly designed solar-powered catamarans at the Miami International Boat show. The Serenity 64 and Serenity 74 will go for $3.3m and $5.5m respectively, there have been two 64s built so far while the first 74 is under construction. Both vessels harness the power of the sun to provide virtually limitless cruising, according to Serenity.

“It is our goal to lead the industry in green technology while preserving the quality and comfort of the yachting experience,” said Brad Taylor, the executive director of Serenity Yachts.

While the 64 and 74 are both customisable to meet requirements, the basic 64 has four VIP cabins, each with its own en suite head and shower, plus a crew cabin. The 64 has a lightweight, carbon-fibre hull, designed to eliminate dependency on fossil fuels. Its 699 square feet of solar panels provide enough power to cruise indefinitely at 4 to 6 knots, while still providing power for all the ship’s systems. All with no engine noise, smoke or carbon footprint.

The Serenity 64 has a large aft deck; it is protected overhead by the extension of the flybridge. Two large walkways, port and starboard, lead down from the aft deck to the teak swim platform and tender. Towards the bow, the salon has a galley to port, the helm station is forward to starboard and a walkway leads to a sun-lounging area on the foredeck, which takes advantage of the cat’s 31-foot beam. The four staterooms are below, with two on each hull, plus a possible crew quarters in the bow. The flybridge has another helm station and a sun pad.

Serenity 64: at a glance

credit: Serenity Yachts

  • Length: 64ft
  • Beam: 31ft
  • Draft: 3.6ft
  • Displacement: 48,000 lbs
  • Fuel: 405 gals
  • Water: 435 gals
  • Power: 2×25 kW electric motors and 2×127.2 kW diesel motors.

 

Yves Le Marquand
By Yves Le Marquand February 25, 2020 15:02

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