eMob is one of the hot topics at the boat fair in DüDo. No wonder that Nautors Swan adopt that topic sovereign with style at the premier of the SWAN 36. Maybe the right move to make eMob to a force on the water.
At the end it´s a TriOperation. BMW i supplies the batteries, Torqeedo builts the eMotor and both parts will find their place in the race yacht itself. The premier will take place in May, direct in racing.
The innovative electrified drive of the ClubSwan 36 race yacht is to be powered by the latest generation of lithium ion batteries by BMW i. The zero-emissions drive system in the new model will incorporate the specialist skills of BMW i, the electric boat drive manufacturer Torqeedo and the Finnish yacht maker Nautor’s Swan.
The ClubSwan 36 as a one-design carbon race yacht that combines all the advantages of dinghy and keelboat sailing. For this particular project, Torqeedo enhanced their Cruise 10.0 electric drive to incorporate BMW i battery technology.
The high-performance batteries that power the BMW i3 and i8, are already an established component of Torqeedo’s DEEP BLUE motor systems. The underwater propeller acts as a hydro generator while the yacht is sailing but disappears into the hull during regattas. That´s sounds strange to me. OK I get the Idea. You will always have strange feeling when the prop is out? It´s just performing in racing when the prop is in? Ok, at a normal sailing boat the prop is always out, which makes it slower; it´s the feeling, you know. If you can put it in, I will always sail without the propeller.
We will see. After May we will have the first results how it works. After that the Club Swan 36 will be at the Rolex Cup in St Tropez in June, and the Copa del Rey in Palma de Mallorca in July. Mallorca will also host the first one-design regatta with five boats of this type in October of this year.
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