Silent’s flagship superyacht due to deliver in 2024
Silent-Yachts is building a 120ft solar-electric flagship as well as multiple units of the Silent 80 and the Silent VisionF 82 developed with Turkish partner VisionF.
Silent-Yachts has announced that it currently has 12 superyacht catamarans under construction, ranging from the Silent 80 to the expanded Silent 120. Production is shared across the brand’s own 44,000sqm shipyard in Fano, Italy, and partner shipyard VisionF’s expansive facilities in Turkey, which cover more than 100,000sqm of production area and include the Tuzla Viaport Marina.
Michael Köhler,founder and CEO of Silent-Yachts, said: “It has been a whirlwind 12 months. Three great trends have converged to make our boats enormously successful. The rebound in yacht sales since Covid is already well documented. Add to that the growth of environmental sensibilities and the recognition that two hulls provide a far more luxurious platform for life at sea, and you have a recipe for unprecedented demand. This is the age of the super catamaran.”
The solar-electric Silent 120, in build in Turkey, has expanded from its initial design of 100ft to 120ft, and now has a huge interior volume of 499GT and 900sqm of exterior and interior space. Delivery is scheduled for 2024.
The first hull will feature a swimming pool on the aft deck and grassy areas for dog walking on the side decks. The solar hard top is designed to slide out in two sections to reveal an upper sun deck, which also doubles as a touch-and-go helipad.
The Silent 120’s solar panels are capable of generating up to 40kWp and it’s also equipped with back-up generators. The yacht cruises at eight knots and has a top speed of 16 knots.
The Silent 80, the big sister of the Silent 60 launched last year, is proving popular, with 10 orders to date and seven currently in build, with designs split between the retractable flybridge version and the 3-Deck model.
Silent 80 3-Deck
The first Silent 80 hull features the smaller flybridge, whose hard top lowers flush to the coachroof. This boat is being finished at the yard in Italy and is due for launch in March 2023.
Other customers have opted for a dedicated 90sqm sun deck with a fixed hard top. The sun deck includes a teak and stainless-steel dining table, two deep lounging areas, a huge expanse of sunbeds and a bar. The first Silent 80 3-Deck is also set for launch in March 2023.
Silent 80 3-Deck
On both versions of the Silent 80, there are lounging and dining areas, and a galley on the main deck, with the indoor helm set to starboard. Accommodation in the hulls can include four or five guest cabins, and for up to four crew members.
Solar panel production can reach 26kW, with the battery bank and e-motors sized according to the client’s wishes. The boat is optimised for up to two 340kW motors and 429kWh of battery capacity. Generators can ranging from 100kW to two 145kW units. The yacht offers a cruising speed of 6-8 knots and a top speed of 19.
Silent VisionF 82
The Silent VisionF 82 is a redesigned, hybrid version of the Turkish-built VisionF82 and is built in aluminium rather than composite. Four are currently in build, with launches staggered between December 2022 and June 2023.
The first two vessels in-build will feature a conventional propulsion system combined with Silent-Yachts solar panels on the extended aluminum hard top.
Silent VisionF 82
All following orders will be equipped with the new Silent VisionF solar-hybrid drivetrain, where the system can decide whether the boat will manoeuvre under electric power, diesel engine or both – an appealing compromise for those unwilling to give up the internal combustion engine. The 13.6kWp solar hard top and 160kWh battery bank will be capable of running all the hotel loads aboard and keeping the yacht silent overnight.