SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Issue 22, March 2017 - Page 93

Ocean proven technology The SoelCat 12 benefits from Naval DC’s nine years of developing electric propulsion experience in harsh environments: “Our integrated electric propulsion systems have logged more than 350,000 blue water nautical miles in the Pacific, so far”, said David Czap from Naval DC. “Lightness is key to the vessel’s performance: Our marine grade lithium polymer battery systems weigh in at just 8kg per kWh and we can remotely monitor all electric propulsion system vitals worldwide via our Naval UI alarm & monitoring system.” The SoelCat 12 has a total lithium battery capacity of 120kWh and can operate for 6 hours at 8 knots speed on the batteries alone. Measuring 39ft in length, the SoelCat 12 can cruise at speeds between 6 and 15 knots. “At 6 knots, the vessel operates entirely off the energy provided by the solar panels during sun shine hours”, David added.

Worldwide availability The SoelCat 12 has been designed to be demountable and fits into two 40ft high cube containers. As a result of such compact dimensions, the vessel can easily be transported at affordable rates to remote areas or islands all over the world. Neither lamination processes, nor specialized tools are required for the SoelCat 12’s assembly on location. Launch of the vessel will be in the second quarter of 2017. Interested customers can register with Soel Yachts for build slots and test drives. Furthermore, a weekender yacht version based on the SoelCat 12’s platform is currently on the drawing table.

March 2017 - Technology