The Solar Boat Specialist
Electro-solar navigation combines the charm of sailing with the simplicity of a motor boat and added comfort. This is a new lifestyle: a boating noiseless, odorless, a discovery of forbidden landscapes if you are on motorboats or keelboats, an art of enjoying a snack while gliding on the surface of the water, of taking time to enjoy the landscape. This new type of boating is destined to reach the popularity levels of sailing and motorboats.
What is the difference between a solar boat and an electric boat?
A solar boat is a boat powered by an electric motor and whose external energy supply comes only from the sun. Of course the boat can use its batteries at any time, for example at night or when sailing at high speed. The principle of solar energy is to recover the load when stationary or when sailing at low speed. In other words, a solar boat is an electric boat you use so that you never have to recharge it in port.
The solar boat offers the highest standards of safety at sea because it benefits from 2 redundant energy sources: battery and photovoltaic and because it uses a low 24/48V voltage. In other words, the risks of running out of fuel at sea and electrocution are eliminated. And of course, you have no flammable fuel on board!
How to choose a solar boat or an electric boat ?
You don't sail an electro-solar boat like a sailboat or a motorboat. You have to consider the solar boat as a change of use. It brings a more spacious, Zen-like onboard living experience and a lower cost of ownership due to fewer maintenance issues. It is while sailing that the choice becomes obvious.
So the only way to buy a solar boat or an electric boat is to start by trying her with your family. You will redefine your navigation program experiencing your first solar boat tour.
How to compare the value of a new solar or electric catamaran?
One should not compare the price of a catamaran with that of a monohull. A monohull represents a living volume, whereas a catamaran offers a leisure area. Outing a few hours on a monohull is devalued because the volume of a large unoccupied central cabin restricts the usable deck area. Some 12 meter monohulls do not offer as much leisure space as a 6 meter catamaran.
One should not compare the purchase price of a solar boat with the purchase price of a fossil fuel boat. You have to compare the price of use per year. The annual maintenance of the engine, the purchase of fuel and the time spent by a person to refuel or clean the cabin, the taxes of francisation and navigation are all costs saved by the solar boat.