STEENWIJK – Steeler Yachts ends 2019 with a bang.
After an extensive pre-design study with the Vripack design and engineering studio and its suppliers, the yard says it will build its first all-electric motor yacht for a Norwegian client. Steeler Yachts also reports winning an order for a 9m tender for a superyacht now under construction.
The motor yacht’s name – North LatEtude – refers to both its future cruising area and its electric propulsion. This 60 ft steel yacht will have 3 decks with large interior spaces. The main and upper decks are single level across the length of the hull. The lower deck has 2 guest rooms.
The electrical system is by Hydrosta of the Netherlands. The electric propulsion will be provided by a water-cooled, permanent magnet electrical engine powered by 184 kW of Lithium Ion batteries. A 75kW variable speed generator is available for long distance cruising.
The efficiency of the propulsion system, says the yard, is far superior to a diesel engine. Not only when driving full electric, but also when the generator kicks in. DNVGL approval is pending for this system.
The 9m superyacht tender will have a 270HP Mercruiser turbo diesel. The design is by Azure Yacht Design and the naval architecture by Studio Delta, both of the Netherlands.
The 14-person tender will be transportable. It will have a special feature: the entire superstructure – side windows, front screen and bimini – can be folded so it fits in the mother ship garage.