Voltaire 33 SKY, an electric catamaran built in linen

Electric propulsion is on the rise at nautisme?! And many shipyards have decided to take the plunge. Voltaire Electric Yachts, a new brand, launches its first all-electric boat.

Voltaire Electric Yachts is a brand new German-American brand co-founded by Florian Nierich, former marketing manager at Hanse Yachts. It has just developed a completely new concept of zero-emission motor yachts. The Voltaire 33 SKY is a 9.9 m long dayboat catamaran for coastal cruising with a range of 100 miles.

The exterior design by Jonas Hertwig is characterised by an elegant, rounded profile and a pronounced chine. The floats are slim and have an inverted bow. On the single-storey deck, there is an L-shaped saloon at the stern and a large U-shaped saloon that converts into a 3.5 m x 1.8 m sunbathing area on the foredeck. Both areas can be protected by a bimini.

Les coques fines du Voltaire 33 SKY
The thin hulls of the Voltaire 33 SKY

A starboard head compartment offers a headroom that allows you to stand upright, with light coming in through the hull glazing. Opposite, the bar is equipped with a sink and a large refrigerator and can be fitted with a coffee machine or a gas barbecue.

Le cabinet de toilette
The toilet cubicle

In addition to the stability provided by the catamaran hull shape, the Voltaire 33 SKY is also reassuring thanks to its cockpit door, which allows the smallest crew members to remain in the boat.

This catamaran has been designed with an emphasis on long distance cruising. Thus, at a speed of 9 knots, the boat should be able to line up 100 miles. The top speed should be between 17 and 20 knots. For propulsion, Voltaire Electric Yachts is collaborating with Torqeedo and BMW. The Voltaire 33 SKY has two Deep Blue engines with a total power of 100 kW and two BMW i3 batteries of 42 kWh (9-year guarantee) that supply the engines and the onboard energy needs. As an option, a 600 Wp solar panel can be integrated into the T-Top.

Le Voltaire 33 SKY
The Voltaire 33 SKY

Unlike most contemporary boats built in fibreglass reinforced polyester, Voltaire yachts are made of flax fibre composite with bio epoxy resin ( FlaxComposites ). While more and more luxury shipyards are using linen as a building material, Voltaire Electric Yachts wants to be the first manufacturer of production boats to use linen as standard.

Le carré arrière
The aft saloon

The Voltaire 33 SKY can be ordered from July 2020 for delivery in the spring of 2021 and will be manufactured at Daedalus Yachts' plant in North Carolina, USA.

Plan de pont
Deck plan
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