What started as a single mega catamaran project is now the Wider-Pajot Eco Yacht series, a partnership between naval architect Marc Pajot and Wider Yachts. Another model, the Wider-Pajot 145 Eco Yacht, is ready to commission, for cruising clients seeking more space with more efficiency.
Last year, Pajot, with strong roots in sailing and multihulls, initially created what he called the Catamaran 110. This multihull promises flexible operations due to diesel-electric propulsion and reliance on solar panels. Following conversations with several shipyards, Pajot selected Wider Yachts as her builder. Wider prioritizes hybrid propulsion as well as RINA’s Green Plus environmental notation. Plus, the shipyard has an ongoing focus on electric technology. In fact, it Wider has exclusive rights to technology for thermionic converters, which produce electricity, and therefore clean and efficient power generation.
Since then, the 110t has grown a bit, to 115 feet (35 meters), and changed names, now called the 115 Eco Yacht. The new Wider-Pajot 145 Eco Yacht similarly emphasizes volume, space, and performance. For one, beam alone is 50’9″ (15.5 meters), with each hull spanning just over 13 feet (4.1 meters). Furthermore, due to her longer length, she offers more opportunity for personalization. In fact, the helm and galley positions, not solely staterooms (up to five, for 12 people) and relaxation areas, are available to tailor.
For instance, some mega catamarans buyers like the main deck to be essentially entirely devoted to relaxation and entertainment. In this case, then, the galley goes below decks, in one of the hulls. A dumbwaiter does the duty of carrying dishes up to interior and alfresco dining areas. However, other owners like a casual ambience in which the crew and guests interact regularly. Therefore, the galley can go on the main deck. For the same reason, some owners like the helm to be open to the saloon.
The biggest factor, though, for the Wider-Pajot 145 Eco Yacht is the power package. “The Eco credentials are now an important factor in the expectations and demands from the new eco-aware yachting customer,” Pajot says. Marcello Maggi, CEO of Wider, agrees. “We are just beginning an age of eco awareness for yachting as a whole.” He adds that overall for the Eco Yacht series, Wider intends to use not just the above-mentioned thermionic converters, but also hydrogen power, depending on customers’ desires. Regardless, the Wider-Pajot 145 Eco Yacht will feature the shipyard’s power-management systems. Pajot asserts that the hydrogenerators will charge the battery systems when the yacht is sailing at 12 knots, thereby allowing silent, emissions-free nighttime stays. Plus, the easily handled sail plan includes a 2,691-square-foot (250-square-meter) boomless mainsail.
Expect more megayachts to join the Eco Yacht series, too.
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