Yacht Club de Monaco reveals first zero emission committee boat
by Holly Overton
Plans for the first zero emission committee boat were unveiled over the weekend (July 6-7) at the sixth annual Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge.
The official presentation took place at the Yacht Club de Monaco with HSH Prince Albert II - the yacht club's President - in attendance.
The 11.5-metre catamaran will be built in aluminium - due to its ability to be recycled - and is designed by Espen Øino with engineering by Dario Calzavara.
This eco-friendly committee boat is designed to follow all regattas organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco, but will also be used for whale watching excursions in the Principality. It will be able to carry up to 12 passengers.
Power will come from twin 100kW YASA electric engines with a maximum speed of 17 knots and a range of three hours when cruising at 15 knots.
Initially designed for solar energy, with integrated solar roof panels, this project could also incorporate hydrogen production systems and sails to increase its range.
The catamaran is scheduled for delivery in 2020. More design details will be revealed later this year.