South African Owner of the first Silent 80 shares his vision on why he has chosen a solar powered yacht.
Silent Yachts the innovative Austrian company that produces the first and only oceangoing solar-electric production catamarans in the world, is delighted to announce that its flagship model now named the Silent 80 (previously Silent 79) records 4 units sold in few months.
The first unit of the Silent 80 model was sold to her South African owner. The shipyard’s largest vessel to date is now under construction in Ancona, Italy. The delivery is planned for early 2020. Three more units have also been sold to owners and will be delivered later in 2020.
“To me, this yacht is a great synthesis of form and function,” Neil Murray (co-founder of the NASDAQ listed company mimecast.com), the owner of the Silent 80 #1said. “My intent is to promote the concept of solar yachting and I want people to see elegance in the concept, not just practicality.”
“We’re extremely happy to confirm that the project that was first announced in the end of 2018 as a 79-footer has gained one foot in length during negotiations with a client,” said Michael Köhler, Silent-Yachts Founder and CEO. “I’m sure Mr. Murray and his lovely family will be having many memorable moments cruising together in pure silence and absolute comfort on board their new yacht.”
Silent-Yachts’ solar-electric catamarans are completely new type of boats that open a new era in modern yachting. These yachts use silent electric propulsion for unlimited range without noise or fumes and minimal vibration. They are self-sufficient and virtually maintenance-free. An extensive use of solar power via special panels, li-ion batteries and electric motors by Silent-Yachts sets a new trend in terms of ecologically oriented and careful yachting that respects nature and guarantees owners full comfort in total silence.
Michael Köhler has created the Silent 80 concept, while Amedeo Migali of MICAD is responsible for naval architecture. Marco Casaliof Too Design designed the exterior and interior of the new yacht. In terms of styling, the Silent 80 is an evolution of the company’s vision. It carries the DNA of the smaller Silent 55 model but on a much larger scale.
“I think, solar-electric boats are the future that is why I immediately agreed to work with Michael Köhler on his exciting venture,” said designer Marco Casali, who has a vast resume of successful superyacht projects with the likes of ISA Yachts, Columbus Yachts, Itama and Canados. “Solar power is about square meters, so we need to dedicate as much surface to the solar panels as possible, while keeping the overall balance in shape. In my opinion, we managed that with the Silent 80. What I tried to achieve is an interesting Italian design, sophisticated and refined. This is a nice-looking yacht that meets efficiency.”
The Silent 80 exterior is clean and timeless with straight lines of huge windows. They also allow abundance of natural light filling the saloon and guest spaces while providing panorama views throughout. Carrying solar panels, the flybridge adds sportiness to the look thanks to horizontal air grills inspired by supercars but with eco appeal. Both aft and forward outside spaces are spacious to host large, yet intimate, social areas. The cockpit in the aft has a lounge and a bar, while the front area is perfect for chilling under the sun, as it is equipped with a sea-facing sofa and sunpads. The new yacht is built using vacuum-bagged resin infusion to create a lightweight glass-sandwich composite construction that has sound-and temperature-insulating qualities.