SPRING-SUMMER 2010I sea&iI75thinkgreenAbove and below:Kingship's Green Voyager
76Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2010Curvelle Having previewed its new solar yacht concept design at the AbuDhabi World Future Energy Summit in January 2010, luxury yachtbuilder Curvelle has taken green yachting a step further. This newdesign is for the production of a 23x9 solar hybrid catamaran,with solar power for silent propulsion and domestic energyneeds. The cruising speed on solar power and batteries alone issix knots, and up to 12 knots with the assistance of diesel electric.For the past 18 months, Curvelle has focussed on technicalaspects and still needs to style the platform into an attractiveyacht envelope. The underwater body of the larger Curvelle 33x9 catamaranis based on a very efficient fast ferry design platform and,compared to some monohull configurations, uses about onethird less fuel per nautical mile at higher speeds. Besidesless pollution, this efficiency enables a much longer, eventransatlantic, range with a very smooth ride and stability.Curvelle is also one of the first superyacht builders to carbon-offset its construction process. With the assistance of YachtCarbon Offset Ltd, the Curvelle team has calculated the amountof energy used by the yard during construction of the vessel. Byoffsetting these carbon emissions, Curvelle offers unrivalledenvironmental performance, both on the water and duringconstruction. The Curvelle 33x9 has a flexible, six double-cabinarrangement that converts into a variety of layouts.