You may not know Alva Yachts by name, but that’s about to change. The innovative new German builder has entered the marine world with a mighty bang, debuting not one but three electric catamarans.
Designed specifically to encourage a “decarbonized” environment after Covid-19, the low-impact vessels utilize high-capacity battery banks, structural solar panels and state-of-the-art water management for true emissions-free sailing.
Alva Yachts was founded earlier this year by two industry veterans, Mathias May and Holger Henn, with the goal of designing world-class sustainable vessels. So far, the lineup includes the Ocean Eco 60, Ocean Eco 90 and the Ocean Sail 82 Alva, all of which were penned by a design team lead by Henn.
A cut above the ordinary catamaran, the Ocean Eco 60 and Ocean Eco 90 feature a coachroof which extends down to the raised bow to maximize the space available for solar panels. These solar panels, which are fully integrated into the structure of the coachroof, can generate 20kW or 40 kW depending on the cat and complement a 300kWh lithium battery. This setup gives the 60-footer the ability to silently sail 110 nautical miles at 7 knots or a potentially unlimited range at 4 to 5 knots.
If that’s not enough, the vessels can also accommodate a hybrid system with a zero-carbon hydrogen fuel cell as a range-extender, or even a kite to harness the power of the wind. Two units of the Ocean Eco 60 are already under construction with plans for a 90-footer in the works.