In the spirit of Vaan's R4, Dutch-based builder Vaan Yachts are offering a new 49-foot catamaran. With construction still in recycled aluminum, this model is built using a maximum of recyclable materials that have sometimes already been recycled themselves, and/or are biosourced. Propulsion is provided by electric motors. The main innovation of the R5 is that there’s an option to choose a short or longer coachroof: the “Life-Aboard” version allows for a saloon of 320 sq ft (30 m²). In good weather, this area can be largely opened up. On the foredeck, you can opt for a lounge space or a large sunbathing area.

Photo credit: Multihulls World

Technology used in the electric VAAN R5 catamaran:

  • Builder: Vaan Yachts
  • Naval architect: Dykstra Naval Architects
  • Length overall: 49’1” (14.95 m)
  • Beam: 26’1” (7.94 m)
  • Draft: 3’11” or 6’7” (1.2 or 2 m)
  • Mast height: 78’1” (23.8 m)
  • Light displacement: approx. 37,500 lbs (17 t)
  • Motors: 2 x 15 or 2 x 30 kW

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