16 September 2019
The first Sunreef 60 with a high-powered electric propulsion system is simply called E, and affords guests the luxury of sailing in silence, free from noisy and polluting diesel engines.
Project co-creator Tomasz Piekarec said: “We had a dream to sail in silence, to harness the power of the sun, sea and wind to create a truly sustainable and innovative yachting experience that still affords our guests the luxuries associated with a charter holiday.”
“Much more than an electric yacht, we want E to be a force for change, inspiring our guests and the wider yachting community to be more responsible, with the legacy of preserving our precious oceans for generations to come.”
The design incorporates fully recyclable performance sails, a smart energy management solution for a more sustainable cruising experience, non-toxic bottom paints, titanium and carbon elements for reduced weight, as well as a wastewater management system. E’s design also incorporates reclaimed, recycled or remnant materials – all implemented without compromising on style or luxury.
E’s energy mix relies on hydrogeneration and solar power. Two high-performance 55 kW electric engines generate electricity from wind whilst sailing, charging the 140 kWh propulsion battery bank, which provides for up to 6 hours of cruising on engines. E is fitted with curved solar panels on the carbon bimini for increased efficiency and high aesthetics, which feed electricity into the 16 kWh house battery bank providing clean energy supply to sustain all the yacht’s needs. For safety and regulatory reasons there is a backup 90 kW diesel generator.
Francis Lapp, Founder and President of the Sunreef Yachts shipyard comments: “Sunreef Yachts has always been innovators and our custom-building philosophy has allowed us to bring the vision and ambition of E a reality.
“We are proud to champion a new, more sustainable way of cruising and expect to see a lot of yacht owners inspired by the notion of sailing in silence and what this means for marine conservation.”
E sleeps eight guests over four ensuite cabins, while the interiors are understated and sleek, with handcrafted and couture detailing such as sustainably sourced Burmese teak flooring, and Carrara marble, all complimented by a sophisticated and calming palate of black, titanium and metallic grey tones. Missoni fabrics and an exclusive modern art collection provide pops of colour throughout.