Zero Emissions Arcona

The first Arcona 435Z – Zero Emissions – yacht has departed from the Arcona Yachts yard in Sweden for her final destination in the USA. Green Yachts, the US Arcona agents who specialise in zero emissions yachts, are on board. It was great to welcome them when they stopped off in Hamble to see us en route via Plymouth and Portugal before crossing the Pond.

Graham Balch, Managing Broker for Green Yachts said, “The 1300 nautical mile first leg of our transatlantic journey in the Arcona 435Z has been incredible. We have greatly appreciated that the serenity of sailing without the noise and fumes that we have put up with as sailors when we turn on a diesel engine. We have also found ourselves sailing more than I have on past deliveries with a diesel engine, which has gratefully forced me to refind and use my mid and light wind sailing skills. It has especially made me appreciate the performance drawn from the quality of the 435Z. A yacht that can perform in a greater range of winds and wind angles than many other sailboats makes an Arcona the best option for any sailor wanting to go electric.”

Green Yachts has a mission to create a new wave in the sailing world by bringing green (electric) yachting to the mainstream US audience. They partner with brands like Arcona Yachts as we’re all committed to high quality, beautifully engineered yachts, to create the perfect combination of speed, comfort, and luxury.

The Arcona 435Z is the beautiful and perfectly engineered yacht that exemplifies the Arcona brand, but now made ‘green’ with the Oceanvolt Electric Motor and full electric system.

In the Arcona 435Z we have multiple electric systems that are helping make this stunning vessel the green yacht it is. The 15 kW 48V system is run from the usual place in the engine compartment. Each lithium ion battery is 3.7 kWh and are connected together to form a 30kWh battery bank.

The benefit of the Oceanvolt system, especially on long journeys such as this one, is its ability to regenerate electric power using hydro regeneration. This is controlled from the helm station and the power is created from water spinning the variable pitch propellers with the boat’s forward movement. Regeneration begins once the vessel passes a speed of 4 kts and will continue until speed drops below 3.5 kts. Solar panels can also be lined along the coachroof and offer a supplementary power generation.

The regeneration capability, allows us to use nature’s energy, to create new electrical power even in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

Not only is the electric motor green, but it’s also quiet and smooth operation is so enjoyable to use. For example entering port you can pay attention to the surroundings without the usual loud drone that accompanies a diesel engine.

If you would like to find out more about the Arcona 435Z or indeed the rest of the yachts in the fleet, please contact us on Watch this space for further updates from the Green Yachts crew and their transatlantic adventure.
Safe onward passage to the crew!

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