Silent-Yachts: A new breed of cruising yacht

Bang! Any sailor will tell you that an explosion at sea due to onboard propane gas is often one of their worst fears. Yet in this day and age there’s no need for it. Indeed Victron Energy’s owners have been using induction cooking battery power as the safe alternative for many years on their family yacht. And of course that means having high power inverter/chargers onboard. No problem when you own the company and make the ever popular MultiPlus & Quattro range!

It seems Victron are not the only company to think this way – yet Silent-Yachts have gone a stage or indeed many stages further and completely re-imagined the whole sailing and cruising experience utilising a range of Victron products including the 3 paralleled Quattros in the image above, fitted to one of a ‘new class’ of cruising yacht.

What kind of sailor are you?

Ask yourself this one simple question: How much time do you actually spend sailing or to put it another way – how often are you waiting for wind, from the right direction to get you directly to your destination at a reasonable speed in comfort?

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World Champions!

The action was truly spectacular yesterday on the final race of the Sailing World Championship – held at Aarhus in Denmark. Victron Energy sponsored Annemiek Bekkering, and her crew Annette Duetz, tore across the finish line as Sailing World Champions …for the 49erFX class!

A whole week of sailing was turned on its head in the final few minutes of the competition:

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Annemiek – making a helluva splash in Aarhus

Sixty boats are competing in the 49erFX sailing class at the Sailing World Championship currently being held in Aahus, Denmark. The battle for the World Champion title – and for qualification in the Olympics in Tokyo in two years’ time – is being fought-out over six days of racing …with the final ‘medal’ race taking place on Saturday 11th – this coming weekend. Impatiently, perhaps, we couldn’t wait until the weekend for news so we thought we’d phone Victron-sponsored Dutch sailor Annemiek Bekkering who is taking part in the competition to find out how she is getting on. Amazingly… it turns out!Continue reading

EXPLORIST.life – DIY Solar Install & Tutorial

There’s only one thing worse than enthusiasm and that’s a lack of it – something that Nate and Steph Yarbrough clearly don’t suffer from.

I came across this exuberant couple via Victron Energy dealer Battle Born Batteries® of Reno, Nevada, who pointed me to Nate and Steph’s YouTube channel – and very professional it is too.

If you are considering a solar setup on your campervan, motorhome, RV and you don’t know where to start then this blog is for you with an install video and downloadable DIY guide – which includes parts, prices and a wiring diagram.Continue reading