Monaco Yacht Show: Benetti Showcases Longest Superyacht in the World

The Italian shipyard is unveiling its longest-ever yacht at the Monaco Yacht Show along with the 65m Zazou and 44M Diamond. The post Monaco Yacht Show: Benetti Showcases Longest Superyacht in the World appeared first on LUXUO.

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IJE. Image: Benetti

The longest superyacht in the world, the 108m IJE, will be going on display at the Monaco Yacht Show. The superyacht is presented by Benetti and Burgess.

The IJE was built for Australian billionaire James Packer and was named after his children Indigo, Jackson, and Emanuelle (IJE).

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UK-based design firm RWD developed the exterior design and decor of the yacht, which offers over 1,000 square metres of exterior space on five decks. It also can have up to 22 guests in 11 suites including a private owner’s deck with access to walkaround side decks.

It also has a main saloon with full-height sliding glass walls that open the space on three sides and a vast lower deck gym with a sea terrace. The main deck has a heated swimming pool, open-air dining with lounge and bar, outdoor fireplace on the bridge deck, cinema, nightclub, and an elevator. 

Benetti is also staging the debuts of the 65m Zazou, which launched this year, and the first Diamond 44M, a 145ft fibreglass yacht that launched in 2020. 

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Zazou. Image: Benetti

The Zazou features an exterior by Giorgio M. Cassetta and is easily distinguishable by her Blu Carinthia steel hull and a 20m-long sun deck with an infinity pool, a gym, bar, covered dining, and sunbathing area that converts into an open-air cinema. 

Dutch firm Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design created the interior of the ship — highlights include a massage room and high-tech screening room. 

For this yacht, it features exterior styling by Cassetta along with interiors by the Benetti Interior Design Department. 

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Diamond 44M. Image: Benetti

The Monaco Yacht Show returns to Port Hercules from September 22 to September 25 after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 300 exhibitors and about 60 superyachts on display this year continue to make it the most exclusive event of private yachting sale’s calendar.

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E-Motion 180: World’s most powerful electric outboard takes aim at petrol rivals

E-Motion’s new 180hp electric outboard engine has the speed and power to rival the best mid-range petrol engines. Could the E-Motion 180 be the start of a new electric era?The E-Motion 180 is similar in size to a petrol outboard but with fewer moving partsElectric outboard engines are nothing new. Anglers have been using them for years to troll silently along lakes and rivers. More recently the latest generation of Torqeedo and ePropulsion electric outboards have become the engines of choice for boat owners in search of a quieter, cleaner, more reliable source of power for their inflatable tenders. […] This article E-Motion 180: World’s most powerful electric outboard takes aim at petrol rivals appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

E-Motion 180: World’s most powerful electric outboard takes aim at petrol rivals

E-Motion’s new 180hp electric outboard engine has the speed and power to rival the best mid-range petrol engines. Could the E-Motion 180 be the start of a new electric era?

The E-Motion 180 is similar in size to a petrol outboard but with fewer moving parts

Electric outboard engines are nothing new. Anglers have been using them for years to troll silently along lakes and rivers. More recently the latest generation of Torqeedo and ePropulsion electric outboards have become the engines of choice for boat owners in search of a quieter, cleaner, more reliable source of power for their inflatable tenders.

But as the main source of power for a proper RIB or sportsboat? Not so much. Even Torqeedo’s most powerful Deep Blue 50, which is said to be equivalent to an 80hp petrol engine due to its superior torque and efficiency, only serves up 44hp at the propshaft.

Now, however, a Canadian company says it has developed the world’s most powerful production electric outboard engine with a claimed 180hp on tap. Powered by a 60kWh battery pack with a cruising range of 70 miles at 20mph (17.4 knots), it looks like being a genuine alternative to the 150-200hp petrol outboard engines that power the vast majority of 18-25ft sportsboats and RIBs.

Perhaps understandably, the snappily named E-Motion 180 hasn’t been developed by one of the big American or Japanese manufacturers that dominate the market for petrol outboard engines but by a relative minnow called Vision Marine Technologies based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The company started out in 1995 as a manufacturer of modestly powered electric launches and runabaouts before fellow entrepreneurs and boat enthusiasts Alex Mongeon and Patrick Bobby took control in 2014 and switched focus towards the development of a much more powerful electric outboard.

The gamble appears to have paid off with investors falling over themselves to snap up the first $27.6 million worth of shares offered to the public in December 2020, money which is now being used to set up a production line for the first batch of engines.

It’s not hard to see where all this excitement is coming from, given the explosive growth in sales of electric cars and the surge in popularity of outboard-powered boats, but what do we know about the engine itself?

E-Motion 180: Electrifying

Technical details are still relatively thin on the ground. The heart of the unit is a 650V 110kW (148hp) electric motor packaged in a stylish but fairly conventional looking outboard housing.

A steel shaft takes power down the leg and through a 90° bevel gear, just as it would with a petrol engine. Despite the bright orange colour of the propeller suggesting it may be constructed from some form of carbon composite, the production units will be offered with a range of changeable alloy or stainless steel propellers.

Steering is taken care of by an off the shelf Seastar system. The package includes a full set of throttle controls and gauges but there is no mention of who makes these and we haven’t yet seen any images of what they look like.

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The outboard engine itself weighs around 180kg, compared to 216kg for a 200hp V6 Mercury Verado, but that relatively modest saving pales into comparison next to the 400kg weight of the 60kWh battery pack.

Admittedly, a fair chunk of that will be offset by the lack of fuel tank and starter batteries, but unlike a petrol boat, the battery pack’s weight stays constant whether full or close to empty.

Speed and range will obviously depend on the size and weight of the boat it’s fitted to, but Vision Marine Technologies claims it should be good for up to 40mph (35 knots) on a typical 20ft sportsboat, and can cope with most planing boats from 18-26ft.

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The disguised prototype is already undergoing sea trials on one of Vision Marine’s retro launches

Thanks to an impressive peak torque of 350Nm acceleration should be strong, enabling it to swing a larger propeller than its petrol counterparts for increased efficiency at cruising speeds. None of the main petrol outboard manufacturers publish torque figures for their engines but we’d estimate around 240Nm for a naturally aspirated 200hp petrol engine.

Although Vision Marine will build the motors in-house, it claims to be ‘battery agnostic’ when it comes to the suppliers of its Lithium-Ion powerpacks.

That said, it does plan to sell the E-Motion 180 as a complete package that includes the motor, a 60kWh battery, an inboard charger, and all the throttle and steering hardware needed to fit it to a boat.

Counting the cost

Charging is via a standard 220V shorepower connector and takes around 12 hours. Battery life is quoted as 10,000 hours, more than enough to cover the 50 hours use most boat owners clock up each year, and the whole package is covered by a two-year warranty.

Rather more off-putting is the price. The engine itself is priced at a competitive $26,995 but the complete package, with battery and charger, is a rather less appealing $78,990. However, to focus purely on the purchase price is to miss the point.

Instead, Vision Marine would rather you look at the lifetime running costs. With a full recharge costing as little as £5 and minimal servicing requirements, it claims a 90% reduction in running costs. You also get to enjoy near silent cruising, fumeless operation and zero emissions at the point of use.

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The battery gives an estimated range of 70nm at 20mph

Sea trials of the E-Motion 180 are already underway with first deliveries slated for the end of the year and $300 deposits being taken online for a space in the queue.

At the moment the company only has capacity to build around 300 engines annually but with 329,000 outboards sold in the US each year, the potential is huge. And its ambitions don’t stop there – it already has plans to develop 250hp and 300hp versions.

Whether the production version of the E-Motion 180 lives up to the performance and range being claimed for it remains to be seen, as does the willingness of a boat market still hooked on petrol outboards to accept the limited range/speed of an electric one. However, the fact there now appears to be a clean, bolt-on alternative can only be a good thing.

E-Motion 180 specification

Power: 110kW (equivalent to 180hp)
Torque: 350Nm
Weight: 188kg (588kg inc battery)
Boat size: 18-26ft
Battery: 60kWh
Estimated range: 70 miles at 20mph (17.4 knots)
Charger: 220V
Price: $78,990 (inc. battery and charger)

First published in the September 2021 issue of MBY.


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