NOVA LUXE YACHTS LAUNCHES ELECTRIC POWER CAT
With the launch of its first build, New York-based Nova Luxe Yachts redefines the idea of a luxury cruising. The company converts new 35’–50′ power catamarans to all-electric, creating vessels of virtually unlimited range and zero emissions. Its introductory offering, an Aquila 44, is being fitted-out at a yard in St. Petersburg, Florida, and debuts on June 1 at the Westshore Yacht Club in Tampa.
Nova Luxe Yachts marries the proven reliability of Torqeedo Deep Blue drives, BMW i3 batteries and a massive rooftop solar array to an ocean-tested hull, creating an engineered package that outperforms its diesel-powered counterpart. The result with the Aquila 44 is an environmentally friendly luxury yacht that cruises for over 1,250 miles at 6.5 knots —vibration-free and quieter than a sailboat.
Because previous electric propulsion solutions on luxury yachts failed so publically and spectacularly, consumers are understandably skeptical. The difference between what’s been tried in the past and what Nova Luxe is doing is the battery.
“The automotive industry has advanced DC technology to where battery-powered marine propulsion doesn’t mean sacrifice, but is in many ways superior to diesel,” said Marc Hawxhurst, Nova Luxe Yachts president. “Torqeedo’s high-performance, high-voltage BMW i3 lithium-ion battery is completely waterproof, packs an astounding 40 kWh of power and comes with a nine-year warranty. It’s the perfect choice for our luxury yachts.”
The Aquila 44 was chosen by its owner because it strikes the ideal balance between stability, size, weight and the ability to be captained solo. With three staterooms, it makes the ideal Great Loop boat. The Nova Luxe build includes a requested 25kW genset to supplement the power generated by the 16 350W solar panels when cruising long distances in cloudy northern regions.
Even the Aquila’s tender, a ZAR Mini aluminum RIB, is green. Boasting a 50-mile range, it carries a Torqeedo Cruise 10.0 and is charged by a power supply station integrated into the yacht. At the 2019 Miami International Boat Show, Nova Luxe Yachts demonstrated the performance of an electric solution by reaching 20 mph and planing with two adults on the ZAR.
Aside from Aquila, Nova Luxe Yachts offers new pre-fitted electric Aspen Power, Bavaria, Fountaine Pajot, Havana, Leopard and Maine Cat catamarans. Workmanship and attention to detail complement the meticulous standards of quality these boats are renowned for.
Interested parties attending the June 1 event are encouraged to RSVP at bit.ly/NovaLuxeDebut. Space for sea trials is limited.