Soel Yachts promotes its solar and electric powered double catamaran with transoceanic capabilities

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Interior view of the Soel's Senses 62 Solar Electric catamaran
(Photo: Soel Yachts)



Rear of the Senses 62 Solar Electric yacht
(Photo: Soel Yachts)

Since 2016, Soel Yachts has long attempted to amplify and adapt the burgeoning capabilities of electric boats by utilizing sophisticated efficiency in its battery range. Its fully sustainable floating island Soel Haven is proof of the Dutch company’s commitment to thinking boldly and efficiently in its innovation, but the all-new Senses 62 also only adds to the ingenuity of its design and its technological know-how.

As the name suggests, Soel Yachts’ Senses is a 62ft solar electric catamaran, which has powerful batteries – so powerful, in fact, that the company is offering a “transoceanic range” for its new vessel. The masterminds behind Senses include Joep Koster, Linda Brembs and David Czap, all of whom have worked under Soel Yachts to deliver custom electric builds alongside even fancy ferries.

Rear of the Senses 62 Solar Electric yacht

(Photo: Soel Yachts)

With Senses, the company aims to combine comfort and extreme mobility. The ship has not one but two very different propulsion systems, making Senses ideal for almost any ocean voyage. The Cruise propulsion system allows the catamaran 282 kWh of battery capacity alongside a 100 kW DC generator maintained by two 100 kW electric motors. Her subsequent Power propulsion system adds two 200kW electric motors on top of a 150kW DC generator and a 424kWh lithium battery pack that allows the vessel to reach a top speed of 14 knots .

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In addition to its own base power allocated by the propulsion systems, Soel’s Senses also has 17.6 kWp solar power generation panels, all integrated into the roof of the vessel. These panels also feature proprietary cooling systems that increase energy distribution by 15-20%. The panels allow the boat up to 50kWh and are designed to take the load off the dock, despite still having 3-phase and single-dock AC charging in addition to DC fast charging potential.

For comfort, the Senses is easily outfitted with all the trappings of a luxury home, including two dining rooms, multiple living rooms, office space, and a bar area with its own open gallery. The ship will comfortably accommodate a total of nine passengers and three staff, who have cabins sequestered away from the main passengers.

Interior view of the Soel's Senses 62 Solar Electric catamaran

(Photo: Soel Yachts)

If its base batteries were simply not enough, Soel allows customers to increase the internal battery capacities to a total of 564kWh, which would then give the vessel a claimed range of 263nm at a speed of 4 knots. Combined solar panels and dual propulsion systems give Senses great potential. Soel claims he can literally cross oceans, as the “trans-oceanic” naming implies.

Soel is giving no word on an official start date, but the Dutch company is providing an online form for those who potentially want to book theirs today. The shipbuilders said negotiations are already underway with the first batch of vessels for its Senses 48 yacht and the 62 electric yachts. Soel’s Senses retails at an MSRP of €2.7 million, or approximately $2.95 million.

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