De 'North LatEtude' wordt voor een Noorse opdrachtgever gebouwd.

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.

Steeler Yachts tender

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.