Heliotrope builders show off solar-assisted yacht

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Owners of the Heliotrope luxury yacht showed off their solar-assisted cruiser during a March 25 party at the Ocean Marina.

Managing directors Bernard Lamprecht and Philip Guenat and Bakri Cono Shipyard Director of International Sales Caroline Lezb welcomed friends, builders and fellow yacht owners to the event, which featured a tour around the 65-foot vessel, which finally is ready to launch after years of design and construction.

The Heliotrope provides 4 en-suite cabins, a large living-room, a 50 sq. meter fly bridge, ample sundeck and two fully equipped barbecue kitchens. The atmosphere of the inner Heliotrope can be described as a luxurious dream home and it responds to all needs for a relaxing holiday cruise.

Crew members of the Heliotrope (L to R) Philip Guenat, Bakri Cono Shipyard Director of International Sales; Tanyapa Simsin, Caroline Lezb and MD Bernard Lamprecht.Crew members of the Heliotrope (L to R) Philip Guenat, Bakri Cono Shipyard Director of International Sales; Tanyapa Simsin, Caroline Lezb and MD Bernard Lamprecht.

It also features an intelligent sinking platform for easy access to the water, a jet-powered tender and scuba-diving tanks. The engine is nearly silent when it runs with the solar energy support and is environmentally friendly.

“The Heliotrope is one of the most technologically advanced and sophisticated boats in the sea. It is also marked as the first luxury solar-assisted powered catamaran in the world,” said Lamprecht. “All parts and furnishing products are made in Thailand.”

MD Bernard Lamprecht gives a warm welcome to his guests.MD Bernard Lamprecht gives a warm welcome to his guests.

He said Rafael Domjam, founder of the Planet Solar concept, is still with the group and working on more improvements while searching for newer technologies to make the Planet Solar concept more sufficient.

The boat is being showcased at the Singapore Boat Show beginning April 10.

“The objective of this trip is to introduce my beautiful baby to the world and to see if she can hit the market. We will be pulling up our anchor on April 14 to make our trip back to Thailand,” he said.

The Heliotrope is outfitted with beautiful and luxurious furnishings.The Heliotrope is outfitted with beautiful and luxurious furnishings.