With the launch of the Nova Luxe 44, plans are accelerating to bring to market new models that outperform the original vessel, while retaining its exceptional comfort and build quality. Nova Luxe Yachts takes 35'–50' power catamarans and converts them to all-electric. Its first boat was built using an Aquila 44.
Due in large part to the Aquila 44's hull shape, cruising speed of the Nova Luxe 44 is six knots with a top speed of nine knots. For comparison, with twin 225 hp diesel engines, its top speed is only 17 knots. "Solarwave Yachts Pacific has boats in the water with top speeds of 15 knots in a hybrid configuration with 30kW motors. This reflects their superior hull design, not their electric power solution," said Marc Hawxhurst, Nova Luxe Yachts president. "Because our yachts are powered by Torqeedo 50kW motors, I am certain we can build a faster boat." There are a number of brands Nova Luxe has identified as candidates and created performance projections for.
Hawxhurst calculates the speed potential of the Leopard 51 PC powered by Torqeedo Deep Blue motors paired to BMW i3 lithium batteries and a large solar array at 15 knots. Originally designed for sailing, its long hulls are highly efficient and provide faster speeds. Slightly shorter, the Leopard 43 PC's projection is 13 knots.
Another fast electric option is the US-built Aspen C120 with electric power projections in excess of 15 knots. Aspen Power Catamarans uses a patented asymmetrical hull design for efficiency and speed. Its beam is just under 14', allowing it to fit into average marina slips.
A new offering from Zurn Yacht Design, the Zurn 60 Powercat is a serious contender for Nova Luxe power. With three staterooms and five heads, it would be an extremely impressive electric yacht. "With the Zurn 60, we would use the larger 100kW Torqeedo motors," noted Hawxhurst. "They're used extensively in commercial marine applications and deliver impressive performance."
Nova Luxe Yachts found that its performance projections for the Nova Luxe 44 had a margin of error of +/-0.4 knots at cruising speed. This has to do with a combined loss due to hull resistance and propeller sizing. Both areas are being evaluated for improvement. "While Nova Luxe hull #1 performed well and within expectations, every yacht we build going forward will be better. It's a core Nova Luxe principal and the only way to do business," concluded Hawxhurst.
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