The Future of Luxury Yachting

October 19, 2021

As consumers continue to prioritize sustainability in their purchasing decisions, innovative companies are developing products—including luxury yachts—that follow sustainable models. Renewable energy is an integral facet of sustainable living, with solar as one of the most widely used sustainable power sources, due to its low cost, abundance, and cleanliness. With an ever-growing global yachting division, Engel & Völkers is pleased to highlight sustainably designed and solar-powered yachts that create opulent experiences without negative environmental impacts. These expertly designed yachts are working to preserve the planet so that lives of grandeur can continue for many more years to come.

Beneteau 423

Beneteau 423 is a classic, modern-day cruising sailboat, with all of the features needed for coastal passage making. The 43-foot boat offers a wide transom to support her generous sail area and twin cabin accommodations. Sophisticated upgrades include the addition of a 550-watt solar panel, a 2000-watt inverter, and 400 watts of wind power. A proper 85-pound Mantus cruising anchor, ensures riders are secure when anchored.

The $120,000 USD yacht includes a dinghy, davits, outboard, and kayak. Featuring an asymmetrical spinnaker and all necessary gear, this well-maintained, must-see three-cabin model can accommodate up to 36 guests.

For more information, contact Walter Johnson.

1984 Hans Christian 36 Cutter

A classic yacht, Distancia has been meticulously maintained by a knowledgable owner ensuring all systems are not only functional but also technologically advanced. Over the past two years, she has benefited from a number of upgrades, inclusive of a new 600-watt solar panel, refrigeration, a Dickinson diesel fireplace, wifi, a Rocna anchor, a propane grill, a four-stage battery charger, and a new Vizio TV.

An excellent choice for the serious blue-water sailor, Distancia can travel anywhere and stand up to a gale. The Hans Christian 36 is a heavy, double-ended, cutter-rigged cruising yacht designed specifically for ocean sailing. Like others of its kind, she’s often described as a traditional North Sea double-ender with pleasing lines that draw admiring glances. The hull is made of solid (and thick) hand-laid fiberglass. Solid bulwarks allow the lifeline stanchions to be mounted vertically for better strength than those through-bolted to the deck.

For more information, contact Walter Johnson.

Aquon One

When interviewed by GG Yachting last year, the team at Swiss Sustainable Yachts introduced the luxurious yet sustainable Aquon One. A catamaran reaching extraordinary standards of ecology and sustainability, the yacht is powered by a sophisticated energy system with hydrogen fuel cells at its core. These provide energy for the electric propulsion and cover all onboard energy usage. The hydrogen required is obtained either directly on board from solar energy or refueled from sustainable production. The electrical energy obtained from the solar panels is then converted into hydrogen, which is stored compressed in lightweight carbon tanks or lithium-ion batteries for short-term use. The end result: a propulsion system operating with zero emissions and limited noise pollution. By producing energy onboard, the Aquon One has the potential to explore with an unlimited range.

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