Sunreef’s electric “Super Cat” has proven to be a perfect match for one sustainability-minded seafarer.
The new 80 Sunreef Power Eco will be customized to the client’s exact specifications to ensure outstanding energy efficiency and zero carbon emissions at sea.
The yachter, who has been on the water since childhood, conducted extensive research to see which yards were genuinely (and successfully) advancing sustainable yachting. After visits to multiple international builders, Sunreef managed to reel them in.
“The climate impact of large power yachts is significant,” the future owner told Sunreef in a recent interview. “We have taken extensive steps to impact the climate crises, therefore we could only consider a power yacht if it would incorporate technologies that are rapidly scaling in other sectors such as solar energy and electric vehicles.”
The cat in question certainly delivers in terms of green tech. The 80-footer will feature the yard’s patented solar skin system. Roughly 2,152 square feet of solar panels will be integrated into the hull sides, superstructure and bimini to generate up to 36kWp of clean energy to power the electric engines and onboard amenities.
In addition, the craft will be equipped with a high-tech battery bank that is 30 percent lighter than the industry standard. As a result, the vessel is more efficient than heavier competitors. Indeed, Sunreef says the practically silent cat has “an infinite range.” The model can be even fitted with a kite to increase the top speed, though this particular owner hasn’t added it.
Onboard, the materials will all be ethically sourced and eco-friendly. There will be a water purifying system to generate drinking water and a highly efficient DC-powered air-conditioning system. In terms of the aesthetics, the owner says regular on-site visits to the family-run yard enabled them to make quick and easy design decisions about layout, decor and furnishings.
The new cat is currently under construction at Sunreef’s facilities in Gdansk. Once delivered, she will spend summers in the Northeast and winters in the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
“The Caribbean, in particular, is mostly a frontier for us, and will offer a wonderful escape from the cold northern winters,” the owner adds.