renderings of sialia yachts' explorer 80, an electric explorer yacht

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Sialia Yachts and Vripack collaborate on 27m electric explorer yacht

15 February 2024 • Written by Dea Jusufi

Sialia Yachts has revealed its "most advanced vessel to date", the Sialia 80 Explorer. Developed in collaboration with Vripack, the 26.6-metre explorer features an AMPROS propulsion system tailored for electric yachts.

The Sialia 80 Explorer will be built in high-grade marine-type aluminium and has been designed specifically for "territorial waters" and Environmentally Controlled Areas (ECA).

Accommodation is across four guest cabins and two crew berths. The master cabin has been described as "thoughtfully located", offering direct access to the water and beach club – a feature attributed to the proximity of the yacht's electric drive. A multi-level open main deck is another highlight, designed with diamond-pattern exterior glazing and oversized, mullion-less windows for an airy, bright living space.

"While eco-friendly yachting is still a niche, progress toward cleaner technologies is inevitable," said Sialia Yachts co-founder and CEO Stanislav Szadkowski. "Sialia 80 Explorer is designed to [...] to thrive in a variety of environmental conditions, travelling to some of the world's most remote locations in silence and with minimal environmental impact."

"Proper naval architecture accommodates the exciting exterior aesthetics and playful layout and ensures efficient and safe cruising. Utterly important in the case of electric propulsion," explained Vripack's fleet and sales manager Joost Mertens. "An efficient and safe hull carries through the lifetime of the yacht without any maintenance."

Powered by twin 400kWh electric motors, Sialia 80 Explorer has a maximum speed of over 11 knots and a range of 3,000 nautical miles. This is facilitated by a 800kWh battery capacity and two variable RPM range extenders.

This follows the announcement that Vitters' "zero fossil fuel" sailing yacht Project Zero had entered its next construction phase – also developed in collaboration with Vripack.

Read More/Zero fossil-fuel Vitters sailing yacht enters next phase of construction

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