New brand Voltaire Electric Yachts has announced the official start of its activity with the launch of a fully electric boat. The German-US company has developed an innovative powerboat concept, focusing on zero emissions, sustainability, performance, and luxury. The goal is to build yachts ready for the seas of tomorrow.
The Voltaire 33 SKY is the first model of Voltaire Electric Yachts and has been designed as an open day boat for cruising in coastal waters. What stands out is the autonomy of over 100 nautical miles. The boat is 9.9 meters long and is equipped with two slim racing hulls, which promise good stability during navigation.
Design and deck
The exterior design of the Voltaire 33 SKY was designed by Jonas Hertwig and is characterized by dynamic shapes and marked lines. The inverted bow hulls help to give the boat a dynamic look without sacrificing an elegant silhouette. On the deck, the Voltaire 33 SKY offers space on one level in a size comparable to a 40-foot monohull. A large dining area aft and a spacious cocktail lounge forward are the key areas for relaxation and socializing. With the forward table lowered, here is a 3.5m x 1.8m sundeck, excellent size in this class. Both areas can be covered with a large sunshade.
A spacious bathroom is on the starboard side, well lit from the side window. The wet-bar is equipped with a sink and refrigerator: you can also install a coffee machine or a gas barbeque.
The double hull structure promises great stability, creating a solid platform for relaxation even in a crowded bay. With the stern door closed, this yacht offers a safe environment even for smaller crew members.
Taking care of the environment
Voltaire 33 SKY has been designed with particular attention to long-range cruising. The boat offers a range of 100 nautical miles at a speed of 9 knots and a maximum speed calculated from 17 to 20 knots. The Power-Train of the Voltaire 33 SKY is supplied by Torqeedo and BMW.
Two 42 kWh BMW i3 batteries provide power for the engines and consumption on board. An optional 600 Wp solar unit can be integrated into the T-Top. The Voltaire 33 SKY has a 9-year warranty on BMW batteries, worldwide service for the propulsion system, and can be covered by normal insurance.
Unlike most contemporary fiberglass-reinforced polyester boats, Voltaire yachts are made of linen fiber composite with bio epoxy resin. In addition to the sustainable sourcing of the materials, the linen composite offers advanced technical properties such as improved insulation and complete water tightness. While more and more luxury shipyards are offering flax fiber composite as a building material, Voltaire will be the first series boat builder to use flax as a standard material for their yachts.
The Voltaire 33 SKY can be ordered from July 2020 for delivery in the spring of 2021 and will be produced at Daedalus Yachts shipyard in North Carolina, USA.
Displacement: 4.7 t
Engine: Torqeedo Deep Blue – 2x 50 kW
Batteries: BMW i3 – 2x 42.2 kWh
Maximum speed: 17-20 knots
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Range: 100 nm at 9 nodes
EC category: B (12 persons)
Hull and deck material: Linen fibre compound
Design: Jonas Hertwig/Voltaire Electric Yachts
Manufacturer: USA, Edenton, Daedalus Composites LLC
Standard price: 389,000 € (excluding VAT)
(Voltaire Electric Yachts unveils its first fully electric boat – Barchemagazine.com – July 2020)