Austrian shipyard Silent Yachts has announced the sale of two more units of its 24.3-metre flagship yacht, the Silent 80 solar-electric catamaran. Marking a total of six units sold to date, the innovative Silent 80 concept was initially visualised by Michael Köhler, founder and CEO of Silent Yachts. These recently sold units feature interior and exterior designs from the drawing boards of Marco Casali Too Design, and naval architecture completed by the Italian studio MICAD. Photo: Silent YachtsThe Silent 80 catamaran model showcases clean lines and large windows that line the exterior. As well as flooding the interior with daylight, the windows allow for sweeping views of the surrounding elements throughout the yacht. Outdoors, guests can relax by the aft lounge and bar area or under the sun on sea-facing sofas and sun pads located at the front of the vessel. Photo: Silent YachtsEquipped with 70 highly-efficient solar panels carried atop the flybridge, the vessel displays a sporty attitude thanks to horizontal air grills inspired by sports cars. In terms of functionality, the solar panels can generate up to 25 kW of energy, which can subsequently charge the yacht’s regulators, lithium batteries, and household appliances thanks to a 20-kVA inverter. Photo: Silent YachtsAs well as using solar energy, the Silent 80 yacht is a solar-electric catamaran that uses silent electric propulsion to allow for an unlimited cruising range without noise or fumes and minimal vibration, making the vessel virtually maintenance-free and self-sufficient. In case of emergency, the Silent 80 is equipped with a generator which is able to recharge the batteries. Photo: Silent YachtsThe Silent 80 is available in a number of different layouts, and can be configured with four to six guest cabins and two crew cabins. All guest staterooms offer double or twin beds and all heads include a separate shower. The interior is completely customisable, but since Silent Yachts’ heritage is founded on a green and eco-conscious ideology, the yacht is primarily decorated with lightweight, recyclable materials that respect the environment. Photo: Silent YachtsThe Silent 80 catamaran is equipped with two electric motors able to generate either 135 kW or 250 kW of energy each that enable the vessel to cruise at 6-8 knots and reach a top speed of 16 knots. Photo: Silent YachtsOf its four production sites, Silent Yachts has announced that it is currently able to continue production at two facilities. Michael Köhler commented: “We moved the first Silent 80 hull from the first production facility to the final production facility 50 km away at the end of March. We are happy to be able to continue our production despite uncertain times for the world economy.”Photo: Silent YachtsPhoto: Silent Yachts
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