on 27 Mar 2023
Capoforte recently unveiled the first model of its minimalist SQ240i tender with a 50kW Molabo ISCAD electric inboard motor.
This was an important milestone for the Italian brand; while the Italian debut model, shown at the Genoa boat show in 2022, boasted a Yamaha HARMO 3.7 kW outboard propulsion system, the focus going forward will be on the new straight-shaft Molabo motor, which weighs only 45kg.
With its 7.38 metre length and 2.46-metre width, the Capoforte SQ240i can carry up to ten people, thus concentrating a new sailing philosophy in less than eight metres.
Designer Christian Grande says the new tender features lines specially designed for the electric drive. “The lines must not express speed, but must be harmonious, closely linked to a relaxed and relaxing type of navigation,” he explains. “Capoforte has also succeeded in interpreting the soul of this owner, who is not looking for speed. From an engineering point of view, a specific type of lamination was chosen, suitably designed to achieve the best performance in terms of efficiency, with this type of propulsion.”
The low voltage components ensure the Molabo motor’s high performance and efficient use of the battery, thanks also to the development of the synergy between the controller interface and the motor itself.
ISCAD combines motor and controller in one unit. This solution is easily integrated onboard, reducing wiring and the space required for installation, and integration and maintenance are easy because no high-voltage safety measures are required.
The wide, rounded bow permits a deck layout centring around comfort, while the entire hull is made with infusion technology. The central console makes it easy to move about safely and its design brings to mind an elegant high-tech item of furniture, without overdoing the dynamic look. The presence of a large central sundeck at the stern permits full enjoyment of the convenient full-width swim platform.
“The relaxed and convivial atmosphere on deck is enhanced by an extremely versatile layout, in which a large folding table can make room for an additional cushion,” says Grande. “In the second configuration, the entire bow section of the boat is transformed into a full-beam sundeck for maximum comfort.”
On the SQ240i, the spirit of the Capoforte models is enhanced by a combination of colours, which evoke elegance and lightness, starting from the Chalk White bottom. The choice of colours, with the radiance and clarity of bright hues and electric blue lines is designed to bring to mind the explosive energy of electricity.
The Capoforte SQ240i will continue to be available with the 3.7kW HARMO Yamaha outboard propulsion system, which is equipped with rim-drive technology for particularly efficient electric propulsion, and guarantees extremely easy manoeuvring, even in limited space.
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