The solar-powered pleasure boat has been fully fleshed out by Holland’s Soel Yachts. The company is proud of its fully solar electric boat, the SoelCat 12.
The SoelCat 12 isn’t only a small luxury watercraft with a soul, though. It is an example of the bright future ahead for sustainable sea transportation generally. The Dutch company’s focus on sustainable water transport is their abiding interest. The SoelCat 12 is in some way, then…well, just very good exposure for the company.
Soel designed the ship around the functional solar electric propulsion system in order to maximize efficiency. The 16-person craft has a range of 150nm, so it’s ideal for 24-hour excursions, taxi services, and launch duties.
Anyone familiar with a yacht on E-power knows how quiet a ship under way without diesels can be. The SoelCat 12 is a similarly noise-free vessel, so those onboard only hear the water when it’s in motion, eliminating noise pollution as well as air and water pollution. And, that’s not the end of the story. When the SoelCat’s at anchor, it can supply up to four households with 15kVA of inverter power, making it a primary power station for a small collective.
All that extra power created by the yacht is currently being used at The Bora Bora Resort’s desalination plant, to create fresh water for the business. The resort, along with Naval DC and the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea, developed to bring the special cat to life.
In addition to SoelCat’s sleek and luxurious design, the electric boat is easy to transport: it features a modular design that breaks down for easier transportation. How cool a cat is that?