Rossinavi reveals all-electric 40-metre catamaran
Italian yard Rossinavi has revealed its first fully electric catamaran concept, the Sea Cat 40. The 42.75-metre catamaran design is said to have been inspired by phytoplankton, a type of marine algae that can convert sunlight into energy.
Similarly, the Sea Cat 40 is equipped with 135sqm of solar panels, which are said to generate up to 250kWh of electricity by capturing the sun’s rays. The designers say the Sea Cat 40 can travel up to 3,850 nautical miles at 8 knots exclusively using solar power.
According to the yard, the concept can cruise continuously for 20 days, while a centralised AI system works to keep the battery’s charge status between 40 and 80 per cent, helping to preserve power.
According to Cristian Meriggi, head of marketing at Rossinavi, the Sea Cat 40 will generate more power than it needs, and the excess can be used at a marina or private facility.
The concept’s exterior and interior were developed by the yard in collaboration with Fulvio de Simoni Yacht Design.
Rossinavi’s chief operating officer Federico Rossi says the idea behind the concept was to “create a link between nature, electricity and futurism.” He adds: “While prioritising the environment, the Sea Cat 40 is still able to offer excellent performance. It’s a milestone for the shipyard.”
Meriggi adds: “It was a little philosophical experimental game in which phytoplankton observe the human attitude to adapt to change. However, if change implies, as in the current case, a human impact that is too fast, the latter must give the environment a chance to adapt.”
The modern interiors feature an open-plan 100sqm lounge and dining area on the main deck, with plenty of sun lounging space at the aft. There’s also a beach club and jacuzzi, as well as accommodation for up to ten guests in five cabins found on the lower deck. Staff quarters can accommodate a crew of seven in four cabins.