Iddes Yachts, the creative minds that brought us the radical Earth 300 concept, has unveiled another category-bending concept as it pulls the wraps off of an all-new 55-metre full-electric superyacht project: the Sail 55.
Iván Salas Jefferson, Founder & Naval Architect of Iddes Yachts, directed the project and said that “This is possibly the most capable ocean-going superyacht below 500 GT now designed. A superyacht worthy to embark on any voyage.”
The Sail 55 is a performance-global cruiser designed to perform well under the beating sun in the Mediterranean – which is on the doorstep of Iddes Yachts shipyard and design studio – as well as those further-flung destinations that are both remote and hard to reach. It was this commitment to designing a project that can sail “off-the-grid” with just as much prowess as she can during short excursions – in short, she’s an all-rounder that can “go-anywhere” but which is also an ideal day-tripper.
As versatility headed the design agenda, Iván Salas Jefferson sought to bring the best of both worlds by unifying the fundamentals of motor and sailing yachts into one design. As Iddes Yachts has described her “The Sail 55 facilitates the jump from the motor to sail or exceeds today’s available capabilities on a sailing yacht. All without losing the benefits of motor or sail operations, on the contrary, optimising both into a unique hybrid.”
Her ketch rig bolsters stability and comfort, even during foul weather conditions, without the need to rely on an advanced stabilisation system. The added benefit of this for Iddes Yachts is that they could expand her proportions to the 55-metre length that she is. This size is not only generous for onboard guests, but has a degree of practicality too: she has space to store large tenders and toys in a stow-away spot under the deck.
Sail 55’s key component is her propulsion system as she drastically reduces fuel usage during daily operations. She achieves this as she has an optimised full-electric installation, a hydro-solar energy recovering system and large battery storage.
The interior is up for curation and can be customised as an owner sees fit. With 500 GT of volume, Sail 55 can easily accommodate as many as 12 guests across six staterooms. Those onboard will also benefit from a deckhouse that offers uninterrupted views.
source : Super Yacht Times