Scrap metal sets sail as 55-ft solar-electric catamaran

Yacht design and engineering studio iYacht has been commissioned to help German TV and movie actor Daniel Roesner realize his vision for a "sustainable catamaran designed with circularity in mind." The 55-ft multihull will be built using scrap metal, reclaimed wood and recycled cork.Continue ReadingCategory: Marine, TransportTags: sustainable design, Environmentally-friendly, Catamaran, Sailing, Electric Boats, Solar Power

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Yacht design and engineering studio iYacht has been commissioned to help German TV and movie actor Daniel Roesner realize his vision for a "sustainable catamaran designed with circularity in mind." The 55-ft multihull will be built using scrap metal, reclaimed wood and recycled cork. "The design and engineering office iYacht acted as a filter for my imagination," said the actor, producer and environmental entrepreneur.

"While some of my ideas were challenged technically, for most of them iYacht confirmed the feasibility and even enabled me to go one step further." The performance catamaran has been named Hu'chu 55 by Roesner, which not only reveals its length but also references both the region where the actor grew up and an area in Malibu where he "really got in touch with the ocean and discovered one of his passions: surfing." Roesner worked with an aluminum manufacturer to develop a special flavor of the metal that's made from more than 90% scrap aluminum and doesn't require virgin material.



The scrap metal is said to be sourced from "discarded license plates, road signs, cosmetic cans, automotive and construction scraps, as well as shredded scrap from recycling and sorting plants." The resulting metal has one-eighth of the carbon footprint of the market average, and will be used in the construction of the Hu'chu 55. Elsewhere, the vessel will incorporate other sustainable materials in abundance, including natural fibers, reclaimed wood and recycled cork.

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