A few months after a client expressed interest in going green, Perini Navi is now building a hybrid sailing superyacht for that same owner. The yacht, a 138-footer, is a sloop, the first 42-meter E-volution project.
Perini Navi revealed the E-volution series in detail in December. Featuring all-aluminum construction, it emphasizes fast cruising. When you consider that naval architecture is by Reichel/Pugh, the performance emphasis is a natural fit. The series marks the first time the two companies are collaborating. More important, though, the E-volution series marks the first hybrid series for Perini Navi. The 42-meter E-volution, like others that may follow, incorporates a single diesel engine attached to an electric motor. Instead of relying on the diesel alone for low-speed maneuvers, the owner and crew can employ the electric motor. In environmentally sensitive areas, they can do the same. The idea further makes sense for close-to-shore, quieter operations.
In coming up with the concept, Perini Navi’s in-house designer Franco Romani and the shipyard wanted to appeal to a new generation of owners. Interestingly, the owner of the 42-meter E-volution is an experienced sailor, from Italy. Regardless, the team additionally wanted to preserve an easy-to-sail feel. A crew of six plus the captain can handle her. She also includes a lifting keel, so draft varies from 11’5″ to 18 feet (3.5 to 5.5 meters).
Bearing a 31-foot (9.53-meter) beam, the 42-meter E-volution accommodates eight guests. Unfortunately, no details are available on the interior configuration. However, some features are known from the original design. For instance, an abundance of glass enhances an open feel. In looking at the renderings, note that the aft cockpit caters to dining and lounging, protected by the deckhouse overhang. Glass wind breakers protect it, too. The foredeck, meanwhile, may look flush, but can reveal a dining cockpit when needed. The rendering at top depicts it, shaded with an awning. Finally, the fold-down transom becomes a big swim platform, reached via steps to each side. The 42-meter E-volution also has a cozy beach club here.