Choosing your Solar Boat
Electro-solar navigation combines the charm of sailing with the simplicity of a motor boat and added comfort. This is a Zen lifestyle: noiseless, odorless navigation, a slow-speed and shallow draught accessible coastline, an art of enjoying a snack while sliding to the surface, another temporality. And if you're considering a purchase that will last in 2030, here's why here's why it's time.
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 try electric navigation?
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.
Forget the clichés of combustion engine sailing. Think amongst yourselves about your real boating needs. The best way to buy a solar boat or an electric boat is to start with a test sail with your friends and family. You can easily book a Private Tour with an expert in solar navigation and you will have a great time with your family in one of the most beautiful sailing areas of the French Riviera. SeaZen supports its boat-building partners by offering to share its experience during this test and then by rebating the sea trial with the purchase of a boat.
What is the price of a solar or electric boat?
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, the resale value, are all costs saved by the solar boat.
Since 80% of the day trips made by boat owners are in the vicinity and of short duration, the solar boat is the ideal dayboat and at the best quality / price ratio.