Noé ® launches high-end, low-energy houseboat in the UK and Germany
Generation of alternative house buyers reduces environmental footprint.
The French company Noé ® has launched its environmentally friendly houseboat onto the UK market. The Noé ® solar-panelled houseboat is a canal and maritime boat which can, in principle, be approved in sailing categories B and/or C. Adapted both to quay-side living in a big city and to travelling on canals and European rivers, Noé ® lets you ‘lay anchor’ anywhere, at any time.
Measuring 24m and customised into seven sections – the wheelhouse, rear hold, living area, terraces, greenhouse, engine and under-deck storage – Noé ® is made of natural materials and allows you to produce the energy you need at home, making monthly utility bills a thing of the past. This modern houseboat eliminates the need to be connected to water or electricity networks and ensures you will have heating, lighting, and the possibility of hot and cold food on your plate when you arrive ‘home’. Some or all of the fruit and vegetables consumed on-board are likely to have been grown in the Noé ® greenhouse designed by a permaculture specialist.
Noé ® removes the challenges and stresses of selling and buying a house, the stress of physically moving home, and of the related, time-consuming paperwork to buy and sell a traditional property. With Noé ® you can just take your house and your car (for those absolutely necessary short trips to the doctor and dentist for example) with you.
For those looking for the same home comforts as a land-based house and a lifestyle away from the prying eye of close neighbours, the Noé ® houseboat offers a similar high-end standard of living to a bricks and mortar house. Unlike those houseboats traditionally associated with a simpler lifestyle however, the Noé ® houseboat offers near-identical amenities to a traditional house, and comes complete with waterside views, parking space for your car and an optional swimming pool. Noé ® also allows its residents to explore their current country of choice via picturesque river routes and to enjoy a change of scenery as and when they wish to move to their next region, country or continent, offering maximum geographical flexibility.
Nicolas Lallemand, Managing Director and founder at Noé said “Our main goal is to create a symbiosis between the construction of boats and of tailor-made homes, whilst respecting the environment.”
The French company Noé ® was founded in February 2020 by Nicolas Lallemand, its current Managing Director, who is the brainchild behind the futuristic, low-energy houseboat. This solar-powered aqua vehicle has been in development since 2014, as part of a larger umbrella project encompassing the identification and implementation of evolutionary habitats whose common thread is the quest for entire autonomy surrounding energy, travel and food. In parallel, the company is working on the development of an evolutionary lagoon city, while continuing to further elaborate the houseboat concept.
The Noé ® solar-panelled houseboat is a canal and maritime boat which can be approved in sailing categories C and /or B. Adapted both to quay-side living in a big city and to travelling on canals and European rivers, Noé ® lets you ‘lay anchor’ anywhere, at any time.
Measuring 24m, it is customised into seven sections – the wheelhouse, rear hold, living area, terraces, greenhouse, engine and under-deck storage which can house a car.
Noé ® Vital Statistics
Overall length: 23.94 metres
Overall width: 5.02 metres
Waterline length: 21.25 metres
Waterline width: 4.45 metres
Loaded displacement: 47 tonnes
Aluminium weight: 12.3 tonnes
Approximate accommodation weight: 10 tonnes
Draft: 1.3 metres
Clearance (low wheelhouse roof): 3.19 metres
Clearance (high wheelhouse roof): 3.97 metres
Noé ® is made of materials which include zinc-galvanised thick aluminium and wood and allows owners to produce the energy they need at home, eliminating the need to be connected to water or electricity networks, and ensuring they will have heating, lighting, and the possibility of hot and cold food on their plate when they arrive ‘home’. Some or all of the fruit and vegetables consumed on-board are likely to have been grown in the Noé ® greenhouse designed by a permaculture specialist.
The hull is made of Strongall, zinc-galvanised thick aluminium. This enables the complex superstructure to be replaced by a thicker skin which provides part of the structure’s mechanical strength. This process was patented by Noé ®’s partner Méta ship-yard, with several advantages:
– sturdiness of the hull in the event of an impact
– environment: although aluminium extraction is more polluting than steel, the effect is moderated when the boat’s entire life span is taken into account. Once covered with zinc, there is no further electrolysis in the water, therefore requiring no other chemical surface treatment on either the inside nor the outside of the hull, therefore avoiding the use of polluting paint which gradually dissolves in the water. It is also recyclable, reducing the environmental footprint when compared with steel or composite materials.
– economical: the additional material cost is compensated for by the simplicity of the framework and low maintenance (no need to put the boat into dry dock, check the hull or regularly renew the surface coating).
– maintenance-free: instead of dealing with tiresome boat maintenance, residents enjoy extra leisure time.
– The “overhanging” deck conceals the technical part of the boat and is the base on which the separate wooden living area is constructed and whose dimensions are modifiable.
– The rear of the deck bears the wheelhouse and covers a garage area for a small city car.
– The rear panel can fold down (optional) and be used as a turning area for the car when loading or unloading it on the quayside (by ramp or crane). The hull is fitted as standard with a single central rudder to limit vibration and there are no bow thrusters (except as an option).
– The hull and deck assembly is the base for customizable configuration, giving Noé ® its adaptable soul : for some it will be more of a boat, for others, more of a living space, and for yet others, a tool for semi-autonomous living.
To find out more about the Noé ® houseboat email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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