“We enjoy working with Oceanvolt because they are also at the forefront of the transition to emissions free sailing. Like us, most of the people there are sailors too, so it really feels like they are part of our team and vice-versa.” – Igor Kluin, CEO of Vaan Yachts
Fitting Vaan Yachts ‘Sail The Planet’ mission, the Vaan R4 catamaran is all-electric, from induction cooking to electric propulsion. The large or extra large battery banks are charged from the solar panels, the hydro-generating motors and the wind. A back-up generator can be added to the energy mix to provide extra assurance on longer journeys. Not only is all-electric more sustainable, it also saves space and eliminates smells, noises and vibrations.
The design of the R4 is based on circular principles from the start. It is mostly made of recyclable materials and it is almost completely recyclable itself. The hull is made of more than 50% recycled aluminium like old window frames, traffic signs and license plates. Some parts contain even more than 75% reused materials. Aluminium also has an excellent track record for its strength, safety and flexibility. And of course it has a great look.
Technology used in the electric Vaan R4 catamaran:
- Boatbuilder: Vaan Yachts
- Build year: 2021
- Length overall: 12.80 m
- Boat beam: 7.05 m
- Light displacement: 10900 kg
- Electric motor system: 2 x Oceanvolt SD15 saildrive motors
- Electric motor system nominal power: 2 x 15kW
- Electric motor system voltage: 48 V
- Propulsion batteries: 21kWh lithium battery pack