Construction begins on 100% solar powered Silent Yachts catamaran
by Miranda Blazeby
Construction has begun on the first hull of Silent Yachts’ Silent 79 Cruiser series.
The 24 metre catamaran, which is completely powered by solar energy captured by extensive flybridge panelling, is scheduled for delivery in March 2020 and is being built by Consorzio Navale in Marotta, Italy.
Silent Yachts also revealed that construction has begun on four additional models, including a 21 metre 70 “E-Power” catamaran.
The Silent 79 Cruiser concept was designed by Michael Köhler and features naval architecture by Enrique Castilla of Insenaval, and exterior and interior design by Marco Casali of design studio Too Design.
The catamaran, which has a beam measuring 10.95 metres, is powered by two electric 80kW engines with a battery capacity of 200kWh.
The yacht will be entirely solar powered, enabling an unlimited cruising range and noise and fume free navigation.
The solar panels, which adorn the yacht’s flybridge and provide its power, come with a 25-year warranty while the battery banks come with a 10-year warranty.
The 79 model is available in a number of layout versions and can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests across five cabins. These can either feature a double bed or two singles. The owner’s front cabin features an en suite and walk-in office with a desk, locker storage and large mirror.
Silent Yachts’ 16.7 metre 55 model will be on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival.