With the Kormoran 1290, the three-cabin boat for charter or private use, the Kuhnle Group presents the most sustainable houseboat ever to leave the Kuhnle shipyard in Müritz. Energy efficiency, durability and protection of the waters on which it travels were the focus of the further development of the Kormoran houseboat series, which has been shaping inland waters with its timeless, classic design since 1992. After the first Kormorans had been built at external shipyards, the second Kormoran generation was built and updated at the company's own shipyard in Müritz from 1997 onwards.
The most striking feature of the new, third Kormoran generation are the four 110-watt photovoltaic modules on the saloon roof. They supply power to the pumps of the sewage system, for example, but also charge powerful batteries that keep the rest of the on-board network energised.
"One of the ways we define sustainable is by its useful life," says company CEO Harald Kuhnle, adding that he is not aware of a Kormoran ever having been scrapped in the last 30 years (the first Kormoran was built in 1992). In the meantime, Kuhnle Werft has had a wide range of experience with the general refurbishment of houseboats from its own charter fleet. His experience: "Use good, durable materials that can be refurbished and new installed."
Despite all the sustainability, no one has to do without comfort: Power also comes on board from USB-C and USB-A sockets, so that tablet and camera can also be charged on the trip. In addition, the stairs in the interior and on deck have been significantly enlarged and a comfortable staircase now leads from the bathing platform to the spacious aft deck. Also new on the Kormoran 1290 are the electric toilets. Not new is the large waste water tank, which also collects grey water from the shower and sink. It holds 1400 litres and cannot be drained outboard, but is sucked out in the harbour.
The Kormoran 1290 can be chartered from Kuhnle-Tours in the 2023 season for trips (with and without a boat licence) on the waters of Mecklenburg. More info: www.kuhnle-tours.de