Frequently Asked Questions
What brand and type of Aluminium is used for the Vaan?
Recycled (>60%) aluminium 5083 H111, produced by HYDRO
Who are producing the Aluminium hulls and superstructure?
How is the quality of the welding verified?
What colors will be available to paint the hulls?
What is done to avoid electrolysis?
The key measures we take:
- Install powerful galvanic separation transformers between the shore power and the on-board electrical system.
- Minimize the amount of stainless steel, as it could react with aluminium under certain conditions. We use aluminium as much as possible, also in railings and cleats for instance.
- Install ample zinc anodes
How many anodes are placed and how long will they work?
How thick is the aluminium used?
Why don’t you use thinner aluminium?
Is the aluminium painted inside?
What type of valves are used?
Does the Vaan have a crash box?
Are there escape hatches?
What material is the keel made of?
What type of rudder system does it have?
Does it have an emergency tiller?
Can you beach with a Vaan?
INSULATION & VENTILATION
How is the Vaan insulated?
Is the complete hull insulated?
Is glass wool not a risk for humidity, rot, and smell?
How is potential condensation handled?
Why do you not use PUR for insulation?
Can I go into an icy area with a Vaan?
Can you open the hatches on deck and cockpit and in what direction?
Can you open the windows in the hull?
How is ventilation taken care of in the hulls?
How is ventilation taken care of in the saloon?
What are the standard sails?
What are the extra sail options?
Code-0, Gennaker are standard options. Other custom sail choices can be added.
Can I also choose for another sail supplier?
What materials are used for the interior panels?
Are they easy to clean and maintain?
The HPL finish is a very strong material and as so easy to clean with a soft cleaning cloth and water, don’t use aggressive cleaning materials or a scouring sponge.
What is a Vaan kitchen made off?
Can I make my own set up of the kitchen?
Do we have gas on board?
What to do when the Tender is in the davits?
ENERGY & PROPULSION
Why do you offer only electric propulsion?
If I want a traditional diesel engine is that possible?
What are the advantages of an electric propulsion system as offered by Vaan?
What should I take in consideration by making my choice?
Important items to think of is how you will you use the Vaan in general, daily trips, coastal sailing, circumnavigation plans, colder areas, warmer areas, etc. We are available to talk you through and come to the right balance for your energy and propulsion system.
What kind of annual maintenance do these engines need?
How long can I use the engine and what range in miles will I have on a battery pack only?
That is strongly dependent on wat cruising speed you prefer to have, weather-water-wind conditions and the capacity of your battery bank. Upon request we can provide you with more detailed calculations and information. In an average mode the range should be 30-40 miles and ca 6-10 hours. The higher the speed the lower the range, the lower the speed to longer the range. Larger battery banks and a back-up generator can increase the range for specific circumstances.
What will happen when the battery package is getting to low?
Will I still have household battery power when the engine battery pack is stopped?
If I have installed a generator, will this start automatically when the battery pack is to low?
Does the generator (if one is installed) have a stand-alone start battery so it will always start?
For how many hours can I use the generator?
What is the noise level of a generator?
Is the generator providing enough power to use both engines and ad what speed?
In which order is the generator feeding the battery bank and the engine?
What influence has the use of the generator on the live cycle of the batteries?
I don’t have a permanent generator, do I have to take other preparations on a longer sailing trip?
How secure is an electric engine?
What is the expected live time of the electric engine?
What type of batteries do you use?
Can I also use other type of batteries?
What is the life cycle of a battery?
Do they need a cooling system?
How long will it take to charge the battery by Shore power?
How long will it take to charge the battery through the generator?
Is a generator of 15kW enough capacity for the Ocean Volt SD15?
How will the charging through Solar work?
How will the charging through hydro generation of the props work when sailing?
Can I also hydro generate with one engine?
What alternatives do I have to generate on a longer sailing journey?
How and where are the Vaan Yachts build?
How will the commissioning and delivery take place?
Before delivery to the owner will take place the Vaan will be checked in detail if everything is in place as ordered. All instruments and handling will be tested so you will receive a ready to sail Vaan including all certifications of installations were required. At the moment of delivery, we will go through the boat together and show and explain how the Vaan is operating. Items that do not comply with the agreed standard will of course be taken care of.