Cantiere Del Pardo has launched its first mass-produced sailing boat with an electric motor: Grand Soleil Blue. It is a 33-feet daysailer with zero impact, 11.00-metre long and 3.70 wide, with a sail area of 62 square metres, the fruit of a project co-funded by Emilia-Romagna Region. It is equipped with photovoltaic panels and the range of the electric motor is 30 miles at the speed of 5 knots, which can become 60 with the additional battery pack. A hydrogeneration system installed on board will allow, in navigation, recharging batteries to exploit the water flow generated by the speed that is discharged on the propeller.
There is more in terms of sustainability: Grand Soleil Blue is fully recyclable at its life end due to the use of thermoplastic resin. “The use of a composite made of fibers and thermoplastic eco-sustainable resins enables the breakdown of the material at the end of its service life (Design For Disassembly), according to what already developed by Northern Light Composites company. To grant the full recyclability of the boat, also the materials and the assembly techniques of interiors and onboard furniture will be studied”, the company explained. The boat will make its debut in water in September on the occasion of Cannes Yachting Festival.