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Electric segment sees great value in Petestep technology

After successful launches of the pioneering models Zodiac eJET 450 and Narke GT95, confirming Petestep’s simulations of reduced hydrodynamic resistance, as well as significantly softer and quieter ride. This has led to a great surge in requests for battery-electric boat development with Petestep technology.

The Swedish company’s patented hull form can help increase the range of planing boats by up to 30%, compared to a well-designed traditional hull, and Petestep has already improved the hull efficiency for boats in PWC size up to 115ft superyachts. This without making the production of the boat more complex, more expensive or requiring advanced software/mechanical control systems.

The world is in a rapid shift to a sustainable lifestyle, reflected by UN:s 17 sustainable development goals. While major European countries are banning new fossil fuel cars from 2030 and 2040, petrol engines are already banned on many lakes around the world. This has created a need for boats with green technology since a few years back. The marine industry has been years behind the automotive industry when it comes to electrification for various reasons. Among other things, land vehicles of similar weight are around 5-10 times more efficient than planing boats, limiting the possible range with a battery pack and effectively limiting the customer base of electric boats.

Efficient conventional boat hulls most often use spray rails, or “strakes” which make lots of noise when planing, and also make the boat slam much harder in waves. Petestep’s spray deflecting technology reduces the wetted area of the hull and regenerates otherwise wasted spray energy into thrust, creating an up to 30% range increase compared to a well-designed conventional hull. In addition, Petestep’s technology makes the boat travel smoother in waves, with substantially lower noise levels.

– At electric car producers, the demand is great for tires that makes less noise and minimize rolling resistance to increase range. We see the same tendencies where this is becoming important for electric boats, where a lower hull noise can do wonders for the premium feel of the boat as the engine noise is removed, says Jonas Danielsson, CEO at Petestep.

Electric boats with great comfort and better range is an important step in the right direction for making emission-free and sustainable boating accessible for everyone.

The staff at Petestep are committed to staying at the forefront of sustainable technological development, using high-tech simulation tool such as CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) in every project to optimize the hull for each boat model. Working in close collaboration with the best yacht designers, shipyards and equipment manufacturers, ensures the optimum performance and comfort on the water.

About Petestep:
Petestep was founded in Stockholm 2012 with the mission to make planing boats ride better, after developing a new type of planing hull which improves the efficiency and comfort of motorboats. The company license its hull design and technology to selected boatbuilders worldwide.

Jonas Danielsson, CEO
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Zodiac Nautic boosts performance with Petestep on the eJET 450

Electric yacht tender Avon eJET 450 from Zodiac Nautic boosts performance and comfort with Petestep technology.

With Avon’s new eJET range of boats, Zodiac Nautic create world’s first premium electric tenders for yachts with similar range and better onboard comfort than conventional combustion engine tenders.

“The Petestep technology was very interesting when we first saw it, and the eJET 450 hull even exceeded our high expectations”, explains Zodiac Nautic’s Product Manager, Antoine Hèber-Suffrin. “Petestep’s simulations proved very accurate. The range in planing speeds was actually increased by 15% and the top speed increased by 10% compared to a conventional hull. The ride is also incredibly dry.”

The development of the Avon eJET 450 has been an uncompromising project, aiming at demanding clients mainly in the super yacht segment. This puts high requirements on all aspects of a new boat model. A brand-new electric jet driveline has been used to make the boat emission and maintenance free. It is also essential that the hull allows for superb efficiency to obtain over an hour of usage in planing speeds, as well as a soft and quiet behavior in the seas to have an advantage in onboard ride comfort with large battery and the electric motor.

Petestep made simulations and could see significant improvements both to the performance and to the dryness of the ride, by reducing the wetted area and redirecting spray water downwards and aftwards. “It’s very important to work closely with our customers, and with Zodiac Nautic this has been a main thread throughout this innovative project.” says Jonas Danielsson, CEO of Petestep. “With the quiet electric driveline, it’s very rewarding to experience the total package working so well on the Avon eJET 450.“

Avon is planning more models in different sizes in the e-jet range, to suit a wide range of tender needs.

About Zodiac Nautic
The inventor of the inflatable boat, Zodiac Nautic is the world’s largest and most recognized manufacturer of rigid-inflatable boats, inflatable boats, life rafts and safety equipment with an extensive production, distribution and customer service operation throughout the world.,

About Petestep
Petestep was founded in 2012 with the mission to make planing boats ride better, after developing a new type of planing hull which improves the efficiency and comfort of motorboats.

Image courtesy of Zodiac Nautic,

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Jonas Danielsson appointed as new CEO

Jonas Danielsson has been appointed CEO of Petestep AB. Jonas has a background as a competitive sailor and holds a Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture from KTH in Stockholm. Jonas has been in the company since the start and has been a vital part of the company’s Research and Development. He is also responsible for building a world-class simulation tool and the hull designs of HOC 33P and Yamarin 81DC. His predecessor Håkan Lindström will remain on the Board of Directors and as a major investor in the company.

– I’m honoured to take on this challenge, says Jonas. We are constantly reminded that ride comfort is becoming ever more important for boaters. I think there is a great potential to take the boating business to a new level using innovations such as Petestep. Our number one priority now is to raise awareness about our technology and have key influencers and decision makers around the world test our boats. Sensing is believing! Take the next opportunity and come for a test drive.



Petestep is growing

After a year with successful boat hull designs, such as the Yamarin 81DC and HOC 33P Coupé, we are now strengthening our team to handle outstanding projects. We are happy to welcome Jens Sönnergaard to our team as of today. After 25 years of working in his own marketing company, Jens joins Petestep as our Commercial Director. He will be in charge of sales and customer relations as well as marketing. Jens has a genuine background in boating, raised in Stockholm archipelago, with experience from the Swedish Navy and Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS).


HOC 33P premiere in Gustavsberg, Sweden, 2-4 September

HOC Yachts are exhibiting on their first boat show ever, showing the HOC 33P Coupé, with Petestep hull. There will also be an opportunity for test rides.

“Built to operate in any climate and manage challenging conditions, the 33P Coupé is a modern boat which is aesthetically pleasing, while uncompromising in functionality. With a finish that can rival a Superyacht’s, the 33P Coupé provides a feeling of luxury and comfort. Optimized design combined with the use of quality materials and components makes her spacious, stylish and practical – a unique yacht, fully utilizing the benefits of the Petestep® technology. The hull’s unique combination of a soft and quiet ride with lean consumption is elevating the standard of the cabin boat to new levels.” – HOC Yachts




Petestep’s first patent issued

Finally, Petestep’s first patent has been issued in Sweden by Patent & Registreringsverket (PRV).

Our first patent was created in 2013 and is focused on the way we design deflectors to remove wetted surface and create thrust from spray water under the hull bottom.