Far East Boats, one of the largest sailboat manufacturers in China, and ePropulsion, a global leader and challenger in the market for electric propulsion systems and services for ships, today announced the launch of a brand new electric catamaran, the 42-foot FAREAST 42C. The boat was presented at this year’s China (Shanghai) International Boat Show.
The FAREAST 42C is the first all-electric catamaran to be developed by Far East Boats and the first mass-produced catamaran to be powered by ePropulsion’s integrated propulsion system solution. It combines speed with comfort to offer excellent sailing capabilities. Designed by Simonis Voogd Design, an internationally renowned boat design company, the catamaran features a spacious living area. It adopts a streamlined design and uses extra-long built-in perspex portholes to allow passengers to enjoy an unobstructed 360° view in the “living room” and more natural light in the cabin. The deck layout can be chosen from a sport version or a charter version.
Equipped with ePropulsion’s battery, electric propulsion, control and management system solution, the catamaran offers the advantages of all electric motors – quiet performance, zero emissions and efficient propulsion. The catamaran measures 42 feet and is powered by two 20kW ePropulsion electric motors. The battery system uses lithium iron phosphate batteries and up to four batteries with a total capacity of 188.41 kWh can be connected. The maximum battery life can reach 20 hours, with a range of up to 100 nautical miles in pure electric propulsion mode. All batteries are equipped with an ePropulsion battery management system, which can monitor the voltage and temperature of each battery in real time and offers an automatic balancing function.
By integrating wind, solar and battery power, the catamaran operates entirely with green and zero-emission propulsion. In hydrogeneration mode, the ship’s range can be significantly increased by feeding energy from engine regeneration back into the batteries while sailing. While in pure electric propulsion mode, speed can reach eight knots and can be adjusted based on battery levels. In certain wind conditions, the electric drive works together with the sail drive to achieve a top speed of more than 10 knots. The FAREAST 42C is equipped with an integrated 20 kW battery charger and a 3 kW portable battery charger for charging the batteries. Its solar system provides supplementary electricity to replenish the catamaran’s batteries.
The FAREAST 42C features an excellent human-machine interaction (HMI) system with Smart Throttle and a 5-inch smart display that offers timely and precise control and information display. In addition, it enables boat owners and fleet managers to communicate reliably and securely with the system via ePropulsion’s cloud-based connectivity services. Boat owners can check everything from the boat’s location to battery levels, speed and charge status, automatically generate sailing logs and authorize guests to power on the boat for easy boat sharing and remote monitoring.
“All electric propulsion is the way of the future,” said Demolar Du, CEO of Far East Boats. “ePropulsion has long been a leader in reliable and efficient electrical solutions. So when it came time to put this product together, they were the obvious choice to partner with. We believe that sailors and environmentally conscious boaters will get the absolute best out of our new catamaran.”
“This catamaran is not only a wonderful vessel for sailing enthusiasts, but also a significant milestone in our integrated systems solution,” said Danny Tao, co-founder and CEO of ePropulsion. “We’ve always prided ourselves on offering state-of-the-art quiet, clean and environmentally conscious propulsion, and this project furthers all of those goals. We look forward to collaborating on more projects like this in the near future.”