Premiere in Genoa for the electric Capoforte SQ240i

Capoforte’s first electric model, the SQ240i designed by Christian Grande, benefits from the collaboration of Yamaha

Merging elegance and technology, responding to the latest market demands: a concept well represented by the partnership between the Italian brand Capoforte and Yamaha, who at the Genoa Motor Show 2022 present a preview of the first electric model Capoforte SQ240i powered by HARMO from Yamaha Motor. 

The shipyard expressed great satisfaction with the cooperation with Yamaha: a prestigious partner with a widespread and well-organised service network.

Christian Grande, for this model, thought of shapes specifically designed for electric motorisation: “The lines should not express speed, but should be harmonious, very much related to a relaxed and relaxed type of sailing. Capoforte has also been able to interpret the soul of this owner, who is not looking for speed. From an engineering point of view, a specific lamination was chosen, suitably designed to achieve the best performance in terms of efficiency, appropriate to the type of propulsion.”

At 7.38 metres long and 2.46 metres wide, the Capoforte SQ240i can carry up to eight people, thus concentrating a new sailing philosophy in less than eight metres.

The first example of the Capoforte SQ240i, the protagonist of the preview to be held at the Genoa Boat Show 2022 from 22nd to 27th September, is fitted with Yamaha’s innovative HARMO 3.7 kW outboard propulsion system, equipped with rim-drive technology for a particularly efficient electric propulsion when compared to a propeller of the same size. It is also a propulsion system that guarantees extremely easy manoeuvring even in a small space. The HARMO motor utilises the stator positioned in the outer edge of the propeller, allowing greater thrust at lower speeds than equivalent conventional motors. Installation of the HARMO is similar to that of traditional outboards, i.e. via a bracket positioned on the transom; it also has a tilt function to lift it out of the water when not in use or if a boat requires grounding.

The Capoforte SQ240i is also designed to mount the Molabo Iscad V50, a 50kW inboard motor, characterised by its low weight of only 45 kg. Its low voltage components ensure high engine and battery efficiency, thanks also to the development of synergy between the controller interface and the engine itself.

After this Italian premiere, the Capoforte SQ240i will be presented in the version equipped with the Molabo Iscad V50 at the upcoming Boot Düsseldorf from 21 to 29 January 2023.

The wide, rounded bow has allowed for a deck layout that makes comfort its main feature. The entire hull is made using infusion technology. “The relaxed and convivial atmosphere on deck,” explains Christian Grande, “is enhanced by an extremely versatile layout in which a large folding table can make way for an additional cushion. In the latter configuration, the entire bow section of the boat transforms into a large full-beam sundeck for maximum comfort”. 

The spirit of the Capoforte models is enhanced, on the SQ240i, by a combination of colours, evoking elegance and lightness, starting with the Bianco Gesso hull. Colour choices that, with the clarity and brilliance of the luminous tones and electric blue highlights, are intended to recall the disruptive energy of electricity, as well as suggesting a profound integration with the element water.

The central console allows you to move around easily and safely; its design recalls that of an elegant and technological piece of furniture, avoiding ostentatiously dynamic shapes, inappropriate for this type of product. At the stern, the presence of a large central sundeck allows full enjoyment of the comfortable full-width platform.

(Genoa preview for the SQ240i, Capoforte’s first electric model – Barchemagazine.com – September 2022)