Three 24 metre Silent 79 catamarans under construction
by Miranda Blazeby
Austrian eco-catamaran specialist Silent Yachts has revealed that construction has begun on three models of its Silent 79 Cruiser series.
Two units of the 24 metre catamaran model, which is completely powered by solar energy, have already been sold and the first is slated for a 2020 delivery. The news comes after the Silent Yachts’ 16.7 metre 55 model was displayed at the Cannes Yachting Festival.
The three units are under construction at the Consorzio Navale in Marotta in Italy and have been designed inside and out by Marco Casali of Too Design. Naval architecture meanwhile has been undertaken by Insenaval. The concept was created by Silent Yachts chief executive Michael Köhler.
Powered entirely by solar energy captured by its extensive flybridge panelling, the Silent 79 sports an exterior design that is "clean and timeless with straight lines of huge windows" allowing the entrance of ample natural light.
Social areas sit forward and aft while the cockpit is equipped with a lounge and bar. The forward area is fitted with a sea facing sofa and sunpads.
Designer Marco Casali said: "Solar power is about square metres, so we need to dedicate as much surface to the solar panels as possible, while keeping the overall balance in shape. What I tried to achieve is an interesting Italian design, sophisticated and refined.”
The catamaran is powered with a pair of 250 kW engines for a top speed of 20 knots. It is capable of travelling at 6-7 knots in complete silence with unlimited range passing 100 nautical miles a day. A Hybrid power version is also available, which includes the combination of a pair of 220 HP motors with two 14 kW diesel engines.
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. The first unit features a four cabin layout with two "owner" cabins.
Without an engine room, the Silent 79 also has space enough for a 4.5 metre tender, amphibious car and gyrocopter on floats which chief executive Micahel Köhler said "is quite impressive for a yacht under 24 metres long."
He added: “Inside the Silent 79 is designed to provide maximum comfort to owner and guests who spend months on board in long happy voyages.”