The Viator Explorer 42 DS is designed with an electric drive ©

How to sail electrically?

Electric concepts for cruising yachts are still being tested. We spoke to Hendrik Heimer about the state of the art.

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Viator Explorer 42 © Werft
Mercury Avator 7.5e fits perfectly with the dinghy © Mercury Marine
  • Beneteau Excess 15The Beneteau Excess 15 with Torqeedo hybrid motorisation © Excess
  • TorqeedoThe built-in Torqeedo Deep Blue motor © Excess
  • Torqeedo Deep BlueTwo Torqeedo Deep Blue motors provide the power on board © Excess
The electric motor from Bellmarine as a low-voltage motor © Viator Marine
Cruise 12.0 FP TorqLinkThe Cruise 12.0 FP from Torqeedo © HerstellerA pod drive is ideal for small boats, as the conversion is done quickly and you gain a lot of space in the boat. Instead of the diesel engine, batteries can then be installed, for example. However, a pod drive also offers a lot of water resistance, so that it is often installed in the shaft on small, fast sailing boats. When sailing, it is simply pulled up. We had implemented something similar on our Seascape 27, which we used to test various drive concepts. Proven pod drives between 3 and 12 kW are available from ePropulsion and Torqeedo, for example.

The Viator Explorer 42 DS sailing yacht with aluminium hull at anchor} © Viator Marine
The power generation system at a glance © Oceanvolt
The EODev fuel cell on the motor yacht Hynova © Kerstin Zillmer

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