Capoforte SQ240i: the first 50kW Molabo ISCAD electric inboard
After the hugely successful Italian première at the Genoa Boat Show 2022 (which included winning the Design Innovation Award 2022 in the “Motor boats up to 10m” category), Capoforte SQ240i, the first electric model by the Italian brand, amazes again. While the first unit had the Yamaha HARMO 3.7 kW outboard propulsion system, the unit on display at the Boot 2023 in Düsseldorf is equipped with the 50kW Molabo ISCAD V50 inboard motor.
With its 7.38 metre length and 2.46 metre width, Capoforte SQ240i can carry up to ten people, thus concentrating a new sailing philosophy in less than eight metres.
For this model, Christian Grande has thought of shapes 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 explained. “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.”
Comfort and elegance on board
The wide, rounded bow permits a deck layout centring around comfort. The entire hull is made with infusion technology.
“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,” explains Christian Grande. “In the second configuration, the entire bow section of the boat is transformed into a full-beam sundeck for maximum comfort.”
The central console makes it easy to move about safely; its design brings to mind an elegant high-tech item of furniture, without overdoing the dynamic look, which is inappropriate for this type of product. The presence of a large central sundeck at the stern permits full enjoyment of the convenient full-width swim platform.
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, brings to mind the explosive energy of electricity. It also hints at the deep integration with the water element.
The model on display at Boot 2023 has a Molabo ISCAD V50 electric motor, a 50kW straight-shaft inboard motor, which weighs only 45 kg. Its low voltage components ensure the 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 on board, reducing wiring and the space required for installation. Integration and maintenance are easy because no high voltage safety measures are required. Low-voltage (48V) components therefore efficiently use the battery's energy, achieving a measured system efficiency of over 95% in optimum operating conditions.
Yamaha HARMO is the second available motor
Like the first model produced and previewed at the Genoa Boat Show 2022, the Capoforte SQ240i has been designed to house the 3.7kW HARMO Yamaha outboard propulsion system, which is equipped with rim-drive technology for particularly efficient electric propulsion, when compared with a propeller of the same size. It is also a propulsion system that guarantees extremely easy manoeuvring, even in limited space.
The HARMO motor uses the stator positioned in the outer edge of the propeller, allowing for more thrust at lower speeds compared to conventional equivalent motors. HARMO installation is similar to that of traditional outboards, i.e. using a bracket positioned on the transom; it also features a tilt function to lift the motor out of the water when not in use or if the vessel requires grounding.