There is a quiet revolution taking place driven by passion, innovation, and an unrelenting desire to extend your range of adventure. Cruising yacht builders around the world all share the same goals – to make their boats quieter, more stable, increase volume, and add to their range. And while some are able to achieve greater benefits through resin-infusion, carbon fiber, larger fuel tanks, and more, the opportunity to truly go silent and self-sufficient remains out of reach, until now.
Silent Yachts, the new luxury power catamaran builder that has the option to go 100% solar-powered, promises boating without noise, smell, or vibration at every anchorage. Founded on the dream of eliminating the downfalls of yachting (are there any?), Silent Yachts seeks to honor the environment and eliminate the cost of diesel fuel from boating altogether. Now with 4 models from 40 to 80 feet, Silent Yachts offers the first and only ocean-going yacht that is fully solar sustainable and powered by solar energy. It’s no wonder Silent Yachts have been called the “Tesla of the Seas.”
The skepticism is, of course, expected. But Silent Yachts has proven through multiple tests, sea trials, and sales to customers that this vision of “green yachting” has become a reality. Owners have a choice of going either 100% solar-powered or to install back-up diesel engines should higher speeds want to be achieved over longer distances. The entire marine industry, as well as other environmental friendly organizations, have taken notice. To date, Silent Yachts has won or been nominated for many prestigious awards including the 2018 Boat Builder Award, the 2018 Global Warming Foundation Award, the Multi-Hull of the Year award, the 2019 European Powerboat of the Year award, 2019 winner of the Best of Boats award, and the list continues.
So how does it work? Firstly, there is no better boating platform for stability and space than a power catamaran, so it was only natural that Silent Yachts would choose a multi-hull boat. Instead of diesel engines, light-weight, high-quality lithium batteries provide enough energy to power the boat and all appliances on board. These lithium batteries are the safest, most reliable, and longest lasting available on the market today. Solar panels that re-charge the batteries are integrated into the flybridge hardtop, instead of being bolted on, keeping them from adding any wind resistance or load. Through this patented technology, Silent Yachts have proven to be able to cruise up to 100 miles per day without any fuel, permanently.
As we’ve seen with the mainstream adoption of electric automobiles, the rise in a new class of yachting is taking form. Thanks to the space on the power catamaran, the stable, quiet ride of each Silent model offers an enjoyment on the water unique and rejuvenating. No luxuries are lost as each Silent Yacht has the most contemporary, cutting-edge design and appointments. With a beam over 29’, the Silent 60 for example offers unbelievable interior living spaces with volume more often seen on 80’+ yachts.
Benefits of the all-electric systems are felt throughout the interior living areas as well. Most yachts use gas for cooking which can heat up the interior and potentially cause a fire. This can be especially felt on sub-60 foot boats where the galley is near the salon seating area. Each Silent Yacht uses an electric stove-top offering the same food preparation abilities without the heat and fire hazards. Additionally, the commercial-grade water-maker on board can produce up to 3 tons of water daily, more than enough for everyone on board. Each Silent Yacht is your own personal island, capable of sustaining you and your guests as long as you desire in a quiet, “green,” luxurious environment.
If you would like to tour a Silent Yacht and even have the opportunity to sea trial the Silent 55, please contact United Yacht Sales Silent Brand Manager Darren Sell at (561) 351-7333 or by email at DarrenSell@UnitedYacht.com. Silent Yachts will have a Silent 55 available at the Riviera Beach Marina during the Palm Beach International Boat Show in March and will be doing sea trials near the show. For information on available times and to reserve your time slot, please RSVP to Darren as soon as possible.