Blue Planet 32
By now it’s no secret—fossil fuels are a finite resource, and someday (possibly soon) the leisure marine industry may need to look to alternative energy sources to power its boats through the waves. At the forefront of that movement is Blue Planet Catamarans of Beaufort, North Carolina. The company’s 32-footer is making waves with its battery-powered, emissions-free, twin Torqeedo Cruise 2.0R electric outboards. (A hybrid version is also available.) Says Blue Planet owner and designer Gene Carletta, “The Blue Planet 32 is designed as an emissions-free, ‘home away from home’ for weekend getaways on the water and longer journeys to destinations as much as 100 miles away.”
The boat’s exceptionally quiet powerplants move her efficient semidisplacement hull through the water with minimal environmental impact, and the cat’s 16-foot beam creates a main deck that’s an optimal place to enjoy that environment. Down below there’s room to sleep six in the boat’s hulls, so taking the whole family out for an extended cruise will be no problem. And you can feed them with the day’s catch after cooking it in the galley, which comes with a sink and 6'1" headroom throughout. Not bad trappings for what may be a totally guilt-free cruiser.
This article originally appeared in the August 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.