soel yachts presents its latest foray into sustainable naval architecture. following the soelcat 12, the dutch company has unveiled the new â€˜soel senses 48â€™ â€“ a 48ft (14.5m) electric catamaran powered by clean solar energy.Â
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â€˜the call from high-value individuals who prefer a quieter and more sustainable way to cruise is unquestionably getting louder,â€™Â says linda brembs, managing director of soel yachts. targeted towards the more sustainably-minded, the soel senses 48 operates using custom battery systems that are supplemented by rooftop solar panels with a power of 2.7 kWp.
the yachtâ€™s electric propulsion system offers comfortable cruising at 10 knots and a maximum speed of 18 knots, with a range of up to 56 nautical miles.Â the helm is fitted with doors on both starboard and port side to give easy access to the foredeck for relaxed mooring or anchoring as well as increased natural ventilation. an electric passarelle that slides out from the foredeck allows bow-forward mooring and increases both safety and privacy.
the yacht can sleep 8 people and the design includes multiple leisure spaces, which can be used either together or independently. the fully enclosed salon features a central bar linking the helm station to the lounge and dining areas. with the aft bi-folding doors fully opened, the salon and rear deck become one generous space for relaxing or dining. on the foredeck is a more private sunbed lounge area to sunbathe or take in the view.Â
â€˜weâ€™ve developed a number of electric boats for our commercial resort clients, but recently weâ€™ve noticed a real hunger in the market for a private leisure model, so the energy autonomous soel senses 48 is our answer to this,â€™Â says joep koster, managing director of soel yachts.