The sketches of the Domani E32, an electric and modern boat inspired by the great classics of the world of motorboats
What if the passion for motorboats of the past had returned, like the iconic Riva boats of the 60s? A Belgian, Michael Goddaert, the soul of the Belgian shipyard Domani, is trying to relaunch the classic motorboat in 2019. At the Dusseldorf boat show he presented the project for the Domani E32 (9.50 m), which will be on the water by the summer. The big difference from the golden age motorboats, those of the Dolce Vita of the 60s and 70s, lies in the noise.
Domani 32 in fact sails in perfect silence, as much as those of the past were noisy and boasted, with lots of chrome and steaming drains flush with the water. But times have changed and in this brand new nine meters that otherwise evokes, updated, the design of open sports boats of the past, you can hear nothing, except the rustle of the waves created by the hull when it moves. It happens thanks to the 100% electric motorization that allows it to reach 20 knots by means of the Torqeedo Deep Blue 80i 1800 rpm system.
The maximum range it can reach is 200 km (but sailing at 10 km / hour) and is guaranteed by batteries 40kWh Samsung Lithium, identical to those installed in the electric car, the BMW i3. They can be recharged in four hours in fast mode, 13 hours in standard mode. Alternatively, you can choose the hybrid mode, just like in today’s best-selling cars, with an internal battery charging generator that powers the electric engine.
Domani’s E32 will also feature one of today’s innovations that was missing from the motorboats that inspired it: the stabilizer, which keeps the boat immobile without rolling both at sea and at anchor. Another innovative element is the possibility to choose between three versions: hard top, soft top, plate, or open.
Another feature that makes the E32 different from a boat of similar size in the past is the weight of 2,000/2,200 kg, at least half of a motorboat of 40/50 years ago. A big leap forward, thanks to the hi-tech fiberglass construction, but also thanks to the absence of heavy thermal engines. The lightness is all to the advantage of the passage on the wave softer and more comfortable for those on board as well as saving energy to the advancement on the wave which means lower consumption.
As for the design, just look at the sketches on this page to realize that there are many, many references to the motorboats of the past. And it is certainly not a bad thing for those who want a “glamorous” boat, with an elegance that many boats today no longer have.