Solar Eclipse, the first hull in the Aquanima 40 series, is capable of undertaking non-stop ocean voyages powered only by sunlight. She is a unique 4-cabin, 8-guest yacht designed for extended cruising without any need for fossil fuels or refueling stops of any nature. The Aquanima 40 solar-powered catamarans are also equipped with a 56 m2 rain catchment system, water maker and air conditioning water recovery – rendering water supply stops unnecessary too.
For the owner, this means limitless cruising with no fuel costs, no noise or vibration, no smells, no polluting emissions and no disturbance of marine life. The electric motors are virtually maintenance-free with only a couple of low-cost bearings to be replaced at 20,000 hours (more than a typical lifetime usage of a yacht).
Unlike existing traditional or hybrid vessels, which rely on petrol/diesel or on a mix of fossil fuels and renewable energy, the Aquanima catamarans generate all of their power from sunlight captured by embedded solar panels. This energy is directly utilized in the daytime and stored in batteries for nighttime usage for propulsion and domestic electrical systems.
In combination with its highly efficient hull design, this enables the yacht to cruise continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is capable of crossing oceans. The yacht is able to travel more than 100 nautical miles (185 kilometers) in a single day without stopping.
For Belgian born Co-Founder and CEO Julien Mélot and his team, this is the realization of many years of research and development and he commented, “It was an enormous thrill to launch the yacht and undertake her first few miles at sea. The yacht met all our expectations and while the design makes for near silent operation with exceptional responsiveness, it was incredible to actually experience it – and all in the knowledge that we were not producing any harmful pollution or emissions. With some strong winds and a very tight to enter marina berth, we were delighted by how easy the yacht was to maneuver. We simply cannot wait to take her out on her maiden voyage.”
The yacht offers all the comfort to be expected of a modern cruiser with air conditioning, fully equipped galley including icemaker, hob and sink. On this version, the bathroom and toilet are on the main deck for greater ease of access as this vessel is strongly oriented towards enjoying the outdoors, exploring hidden bays with the electric dinghy or diving on pristine reefs. Onboard Solar Eclipse, all water is self-produced, including fresh and drinking water, thanks to the yacht’s water-maker, air conditioning water recovery system and gigantic rainwater-collecting solar roof. She features a high quality marine sound system and all round WiFi connectivity.
The energy management system and CCTV are accessible remotely so owners can log in remotely to check on their boat systems, batteries, indoor and outdoor conditions.
The 56m2 solar roof is also fully usable as a second deck for parties, exercise, sundowner drinks or to jump off into the ocean.
“It’s great talking with interested buyers,” added commercial director Simon Turner. “We already have eager people from Asia, the USA, Australia, Europe and South America. This includes a couple who wish to do a circumnavigation of Australia, where there are several stretches with no ports, land or support for several days over hundreds of miles. Similarly, we have an American family who wish to cruise the Great Loop, a 6,000-mile ocean and inland waterway. Then we have people who are very eco-focused or who simply wish to operate a boat for local cruising safe in the knowledge they will be saving a fortune on fuel costs while doing their bit for the environment. We are also in talks with several charter operators as the low cost of operation and attractiveness to modern eco-tourists make for a highly effective business model.”
The base boat Aquanima 40 costs €495,000 (approx. $587,500) and has a range of options to be chosen by the customer. As Azura Marine is a fully-fledged custom yacht builder, the customer is able to fully specify the overall layout, number of cabins and level of finish and quality of interior and exterior fittings.
Customers can also increase speed and reduce energy consumption by opting for the mast and sails package, which will even deliver upwind performance.
Solar Eclipse carries a 6-person tender, which is powered by Azura Marine’s own electric outboard motor “Manta 2.0”, fully designed and built in-house, and available commercially to customers. The portable Li-Ion battery pack for the tender is charged directly from the yacht and can just as easily be charged when ashore.
Azura Marine will shortly begin construction of the Aquanima 45 model from its Surabaya base, which will see the start of production in marine grade aluminum.
LWL 11,5 m
LOA 13,25 m
Beam 6 m
Draft 65 cm
Propulsion Power: 2 x 10 kW
Solar Power: 10 kW
Main Battery Bank Capacity: 60 kWh
More details of our vessel range can be found at: www.azura-marine.com
About Azura Marine
Azura Marine was founded in 2012 in Singapore by Belgian Naval Architect Julien Mélot and Chinese Professor Xueqian Zhou. The company creates and builds eco-friendly yachts designed to be powered solely by solar energy.
Azura Marine is the result of nearly a decade of research and development in solar electric and hydrogen propulsion systems and highly efficient hydrodynamic hulls.
The fast-growing company offers a range of solar powered vessels including two models of yachts, The Aquanima 40 and Aquanima 45 (both of which can be offered as commercial charter versions), solar water taxis/ferries, solar tourist boats, solar dive boats and solar plastic collectors (Plakman.) Plakman has been awarded “Efficient Solution” status by the Solar Impulse Foundation, founded by Bertrand Piccard after his flight around the world on the solar aircraft Solar Impulse.
All of the Azura Marine vessels can be offered as hybrid versions with small generators to enable higher speeds over longer distances.
Additionally, Azura Marine designs and builds electric outboard motors (powered by portable home chargeable battery packs) for use by yacht tenders, dinghies and fishing boats which include Manta 1.0, Manta 2.0 and Manta 3.0 under the Ultramarine brand.
Headquartered in Singapore, the company’s manufacturing base is currently moving from Bali to Surabaya, Indonesia. In addition, there are sales and service representatives in the UK, France, Spain, Thailand, Maldives, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
The company actively continues its work with local communities and a part of the operation will always be dedicated to social enterprises. This directly benefits remote and marine communities including fishermen. Azura Marine is currently working with the Asian Development Bank to bring these solar powered solutions to local communities in a financially viable and sustainable way.
Julien Mélot – Co Founder & CEO
A sailor and an Earth lover since infancy. M.Sc. in Electro-Mechanical Engineering & M.Sc. in Naval Architecture with an everlasting dedication to the protection of the Earth and its inhabitants.
Julian has been researching & developing solar & hydro power for more than 15 years and has transferred this knowledge into real vessels able to make ocean passages without fossil fuels. Prior to starting Azura Marine, Julien worked for several years in vessel construction in Singapore.
Julien is an inspirational leader and thinker whose attention to detail never ceases.
Xuen is a passionate, generous and persistent character. He is a software engineer, has a PhD in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering and is Professor of Engineering at Harbin University. There he also researches the fields of safety at sea for electric boats.
His intensive research & model testing has enabled Azura Marine to create the most highly efficient hulls possible.
Simon is a passionate sailor with extensive experience of yachting in both Europe and Asia where he has lead several prominent marine businesses. He has worked with some of the most famous names in yachting such as Camper & Nicholsons and Northrop & Johnson. In Asia, he started and chaired the Asia Superyacht Conference and was a founder of the Asia Pacific Superyacht Association. He is now dedicated to creating sustainable yachting opportunities which protect the oceans and planet.