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New Grand Soleil zero impact sailing yacht

Cantiere del Pardo is working on a new research and development project – to design a prototype of an eco-friendly sailing boat, the Grand Soleil BLUE.

The 33ft Daysailer Zero Impact will be made from recyclable composite materials with zero emissions, designed for daily use, and equipped with an electric auxiliary propulsion system.

At the core of the project is an experimentation with a novel hull construction technology based on fully recyclable composite materials.

The thermoplastic resin that is being used allows for easier separation of the resin and glass or carbon fibres for re-use or eco-responsible disposal.

The material is based on that previously developed by the Northern Light Composites company.

The 33ft Daysailer Zero Impact will be made from recyclable composite materials
The 33ft Daysailer Zero Impact will be made from recyclable composite materials

“The Grand Soleil BLUE marks a turning point in boat construction by employing thermoplastic resin, a choice that addresses one of the most significant problems in the marine sector: end-of-life recycling,” said a statement from Grand Soleil. “Traditionally, composite boats have been built using thermosetting resins, which are very difficult if not impossible to recycle.”

To ensure the complete recyclability of the boat, the materials and assembly technologies for the interior and onboard furnishings will also be studied with special attention given to the materials, paints, and adhesives to ensure all parts of the craft can be disassembled and recycled.

The yacht will feature a lithium battery bank and electric propulsion and solar panels will also be installed.

The standard battery pack will enable a range of 30 nautical miles at around 5 knots – around six hours of continuous engine operation or 12 hours with the dual battery pack.

During sailing, the Grand Soleil BLUE will recharge its batteries as the propeller spins in response to the water flow generated by the boat’s speed.

The yacht’s sails will be manufactured from thermoplastic materials.

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