First Edition is an Aquila 44 power catamaran that has been modified into a 50’ hybrid propulsion yacht with a huge solar array. Brand new and and straight from the factory, she was refitted with a state-of-the-art hybrid propulsion system by Torqeedo and has an integrated solar roof large enough to keep up with your energy needs. The best-selling power catamaran in North America is available for the first time with this cutting-edge technology.
Her owner, a long-time sailor wanted an environmentally friendly Aquila power catamaran. He assembled a talented team to install the Deep Blue 80 system, lengthen the hull for better performance and stability at sea, and modify the factory roof to accommodate a huge (5.6kW) solar array.
She was delivered from the factory in January 2019. The engine rooms were modified and two 40kW BMWi3 batteries now occupy the space the large fuel tanks once used. Torqeedo’s 25kW DC generator sips fuel (1.75gph) allowing the large fuel tanks to be replaced with much smaller ones. Her range was extended. With a cruising speed of 6.5 knots and a top speed of 8.5 knots, she is able to go 1,000 nautical miles on her 280 gallons fuel capacity. She does this quietly and with far less emissions than the factory model. She now gets to her destination at speeds cruising sailors are accustomed to with a carbon footprint that an environmentalist can live with.
Her factory roof was removed and modified to accommodate 16 350-watt solar panels making her carbon footprint close to zero at anchor. Her 12’ tender is also electric and is charged by the yacht. It has a range of 25 miles at 14 mph with a top speed of 18mph. At idle speeds, the tender will run for weeks of normal use before needing to be plugged into the yacht for recharging.
It took six months to refit, First Edition with Torqeedo’s new Deep Blue 80 hybrid system and complete the modifications to her solar roof. It took another four months to extend the hulls. After three months of testing and refining her new systems, she left for a four-month cruise in the Bahamas. She returned with all systems go. As displayed at the Miami Boat Show and the St Petersburg Boat Show, she is offered as a truly turn key, environmentally responsible luxury yacht.
Luxury motor yachting meets sustainability. Enjoy nature without spoiling it for future generations!
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