The world’s best performing solar boat / by MG

Our ambition was to win each and every leg and we dit. It has been a tough week, because the boat was damaged by rubbish in the water and we had to work day and night to finish all repairs in time. But we did, so this is amazing!

Gerard van der Schaar
Gerard van der Schaarupon winning the Dutch Dong Energy Solar Challenge in 2014CLAFIS Private Energy solar boat team

Project / story

Our challenge

It all started when long time friends and study mates Gerard van der Schaar and Mark Scholten decided to build a boat and participate in a Dutch solar challenge. Since 2009 their Furia solar boat has finished first in just about any international solar boat event, be it in tiny waters or on open sea.

The CLAFIS Private Energy solar boat team has been working hard and during race season even around the clock, to push boundaries and break records. Every tiny detail is optimized to improve performance, resulting in a state-of-the-art solar boat, with all components working seamlessly together.

All they learn from this living lab is used to successfully developed their line of high performance solar energy storage solutions, for marine, industrial, off-grid/solar and automotive applications all over the world.

After a change in sponsorship the CLAFIS Victron Energy solar boat team is looking forward to compete in the Dutch Solar Challenge followed by the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup, eager to go to extremes in order to defend their title.

Our solution

Racing / results

  • Monaco Solar Boat Challenge 2017

    1st place

  • NK Zonnebootrace 2017

    1st place

  • Monaco Solar Boat Challenge 2016

    1st place

  • Dutch Solar Challenge 2016

    1st place

  • NK Zonnebootrace 2016

    1st and 2nd place

  • Sail Amsterdam 2015

    1st and 2nd place

  • Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup 2015

    1st and 2nd place

  • NK Zonnebootrace 2015

    1st and 2nd place

  • Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

    1st and 2nd place

  • DONG Energy Solar Challenge 2014

    1st and 2nd place

  • NK Zonnebootrace 2014

    1st and 2nd place

  • NK Zonnebootrace 2013

    1st and 2nd place

  • DONG Energy Solar Challenge 2012

    1st and 2nd place

  • NK Zonnebootrace 2012

    1st place

  • Dutch Open Solar Boat Challenge 2011

    joint 1st place

  • NK Zonnebootrace 2011

    1st place

  • DONG Energy Solar Challenge 2010

    1st place

  • Dutch Open Solar Boat Challenge 2009

    1st place

Official Solar Boat Speed Record Holder

26 knots
49 km/h

1/8 mile with an average speed of 24 knots (44 km/h).

Furia 3 / technical specifications

Size (lxbxh)

7,15 x 1,60 x 0,6 m

Weight

115 kg

Material

Carbon fibre honeycomb aramide

Top speed

52,4 km/h

Year of manufacture

2012

Engine

1,3 kg, 8 pk

Solar panels

Sunpower 22 % 1750 wp

Propulsion

Contra rotating propellers

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