No one can tell for sure when the first hybrid yacht was unveiled. While some say it is 2008’s Ethereal, others believe it is 2015’s Savannah. It does not matter because engineers have continued making strides, and Scintilla, a new 393-foot hybrid explorer yacht is the current talk of the town. It is still a mere concept whose delivery is expected in 2024, and you can grab it if you have millions of dollars to spare. However, before you write that check, here is all you need to know about Scintilla, a brand-new yacht.
A Yacht Mindful of the Environment
Now that the need for going green increases by the minute, Tillberg Design of Sweden (TDoS) revealed a yacht concept, Scintilla, dubbed “world voyager explorer.” Daniel Nerhagen, TDoS partner and yacht director, said that the concept anticipated the future demands of yacht owners. He reckoned they would appreciate the means to explore the world in a yacht that offers luxurious accommodations and encourages responsible sailing. According to IYC, the boat will be equipped with the latest technology to reduce its carbon footprint. As such, the environmental impact will be greatly reduced by the battery and alternative-fuel propulsion system. Even the tenders have all been selectively picked to ensure the emissions are maintained at a minimum. The tenders include a submarine, helicopter, seaplane, expedition RIBS, amphibious and land vehicles, foldable catamaran, quads, and four jet skis. Even the materials used on both her exterior and interior are environmentally-friendly and are locally sourced.
The custom-built yacht will measure 393 feet in length, with the beam extending to 57.5 feet. It will have a cruising speed of 14 knots and a maximum speed of 20 knots. Nerhagen said the aim for the exterior was to create a modern yet sporty look and incorporate lines that stand the test of time. Therefore, the exterior design comprises modern dynamic lines, a white hull, and a superstructure complemented by bright blue lines. As published by Yahoo, the interior will go for a minimalistic approach borrowed from the Scandinavian style. The yacht will have more than enough amenities for the guests to enjoy, it will accommodate 36 guests in 18 suites, and 41 crew members also will have their quarters. As per the concept, the guest accommodation is on the helideck and pool levels. The owner’s suite occupies multi-levels on the aft section of the bridge and helideck; it opens up to a private terrace with an infinity pool and Jacuzzi. The yacht offers ample room for socializing, thanks to the three dining areas and five lounges. It also has six duplex guest suites and large windows for spectacular oceanic views throughout the voyage. Its price is still unknown, but it has to be millions of dollars. According to Mansion Global, a 393-foot long previously listed for $29 million was on sale to the highest bidder without reserve. For this reason, a hybrid yacht such as the Scintilla is bound to fetch a much higher price. As some sources report, the vessel is currently in negotiations with two yards, but the price is listed as on application. It has been listed for sale with Scott Jones of the IYC Monaco office, but even if you fall in love with the concept and buy it, you will have to wait until 2024 to board the yacht because that is the expected delivery date.
The Hybrid Propulsion is the Future of Yachting
While Scintilla’s hybrid engines may seem like a new thing in ensuring that the environmental impact is kept at a minimum, the concept has been around for years. It is not clear where Scintilla’s hybrid engines are sourced from, but the naval architects responsible for installing them will be from Laurent Giles. Italy’s e-Motion is the market leader in hybrid propulsion systems that rely on diesel and electricity. According to Boat International, e-Motion’s first attempt at hybrid propulsion systems was in 2006 when Michele Maggi hoped to design a propulsion system that would utilize electricity and diesel side by side. Since none of the materials he needed were available, Maggi convinced manufacturers to build them for him. His efforts paid off in 2006 when he came up with an electric propulsion system for Long –Range 23 from Mochi Craft. He could only go either fully diesel or fully electric, so he opted for fully electrical because there were no variable speed governors at the time. He wanted to improve the product even after the financial crisis of 2008, but shipyards avoided taking on the responsibility of developing the whole system. Maggi took it upon himself to deliver the whole package and, in 2015, developed a diesel-electric e-Motion hybrid system for Sanlorenzo SL106. Although it has been twelve years since Maggi’s first attempt at creating hybrid propulsion systems, the current packages are used in yachts running from 50 feet to 200 feet long. The development, however, is that the system caters to both motor yachts and luxury sailboats.
What are the Benefits of Hybrid Propulsion Systems?
As Nerhagen builds a yacht that facilitates responsible sailing, you might wonder what the advantages of a hybrid propulsion system for the Scintilla are. According to Danfoss, hybridization of vessel enables you to use the most optimal source of energy without wasting fuel. As further explained in the paper, the efficiency of a diesel engine is its ability to convert fuel into mechanical energy. Smaller marine vessels spend a lot of time idling with their engines running; thus, wasting energy. With a hybrid system, batteries and diesel generators provide energy when the vessel is idling, allowing the stopping of the main engine. Electronics cater to peak demand, and the alternation creates an optimal power management system that saves fuel. Consequently, there are lower operating costs. When the vessel switches to electric power, the silence is incredible. Thus, besides reducing noise pollution, there is no carbon emission. Finally, once the electric mode is activated, the internal combustion engine can be stopped. It reduces maintenance costs related to engines.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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