One of the most talked-about yachts of the year has to be the striking SilverYachts 77m Silver Fast. With a catchy name and sporty dark silver paint job, she was a hit across all social media platforms this past season, attention that accumulated into being awarded the Finest Yacht at the Show at this year’s Monaco yacht Show. With Silver Fast, something has clearly changed about the yard and their way of promoting their product, and there could have been no better ambassador of the shipyard than Silver Fast herself.
The world’s largest and fastest aluminium yacht with conventional propulsion is a title Silver Fast shares with her 77m sister Smeralda. Together they form part of the Silver Series with Rabdan and Dragonfly making up the remainder of the fleet. Espen Oeino’s streamlined exterior design has become characteristic to the fleet and focusses on a length to beam ratio that enables the yacht to cruise efficiently at higher speeds. Silver Fast brilliantly portrays this approach with her monotone colour scheme and appropriate name sign.
Silver Fast resembles the most advanced yacht in the series thus far, dripping with high tech features, with design and construction methods not very unlike those found in the aircraft business. This comes as no surprise when you you consider Silver Fast’s unmatched long range cruising capabilities, boasting an impressive reach of 4,500nm at 18 knots and an even greater 6,200nm while maintaining a speed of 14 knots. Tedious Atlantic crossings are a thing of the past while cruising on Silver Fast, able to cross the pond at a lightning speed of approximately 22 knots. All these performance figures are made possible through her two compact MTU engines delivering 2720kW of power each. These are linked to four Quantum Zero Speed stabilisers, allowing Silver Fast to focus on her main purpose of reaching her destination without any hiccups.
Overlooking the foredeck from above on the sundeck, Silver Fast’s streamlined shape and narrow beam is all to clear. Although compact in size, the layout of this deck has been designed in such a way to offer guests a choice between various social and relaxing areas spread out along the length of the sundeck. An outdoor lounge, informal dining areas, a central bar area as well as a plush sunpad forward that overlooks the foredeck and beyond, is but the start of Silver Fast’s numerous exterior amenities. Also found here on sundeck is an outdoor cinema, with a drop down screen lowering from the mast structure to offer guests a starlit movie experience.
One deck below is a private aft space for the owner consisting of an intimate meeting table and expansive sun bed aft. This area is reached by moving aft from the owner’s suite that is locate forward on this deck, past the upper salon, and through two glass sliding doors.
Main deck aft makes full use of the vessel’s length and sleek beam where this outdoor space is split in covered and exposed areas. A grand lounge is placed at the very aft with a bar and service station separating this from the dining area which can cleverly be secluded through a series of linking glass panels, providing a protected environment for up to 20 dining guests. These panels effortlessly slide to one side and neatly stows in dedicated storage space.
Silver Fast’s exterior lines naturally draws one’s eyes to her stern area where a generous multilevel beach club is located. The transom door opens to reveal a beauty salon, massage room, customised sauna and gym area.
The foredeck of the yacht is suited for helicopter touch and go use for an Augusta 109 or EC 135. Or as SilverYachts recently proved in their ground breaking campaign with a German car manufacturer, can be used for transporting your favourite Grand Tourer in style.
The functional yet elegant exterior areas are continued throughout all interior spaces on board Silver Fast. German based interior designer Andreas Holnburger of Vain Interiors managed to create a classy beach house feel with modern elements adding a sense of luxury and elegance. One soon realise that this yacht is not created with your conventional layout the moment you enter the main salon from the aft deck. A separate entertainment room is what separates the large main salon from the aft deck, and can be individually sealed through glass sliding doors on either side, making for an intimate movie room.
SilverYachts’ description of the vessel as a ‘very high-end and versatile sports car’ could not be more accurate. The level of luxury on board is only matched by the practical home comforts such as the inviting furniture and durable fabrics mixed with rich leathers and steel inserts. Tasteful art work rich in colour completes the welcoming experience that would have you instantly feel at home.
Guest accommodations are spread out across three decks, in seven en suite cabins. The pinnacle of these accommodation areas, as on any yacht, has to be the owner’s suite, located on its own dedicated deck. The suite embraces its space restrictions by utilising the panoramic view offered by the stylish curved windows at head height, making the space not only feel much larger, but adds a dramatic effect to this surprisingly calming environment. Cruising at 20 knots while relaxing on the forward area must be a spectacle to experience.
Moving aft through a private corridor to starboard, the owners reach their private lounge which over looks onto the dedicated deck space outside.
A further six cabins are spread out on main deck forward and amidships on the lower deck. The smart honeycomb structure that makes up the hull and superstructure really pays off in these lower areas, where the natural inward shape of the hull often deprives these guest areas of space, which is now regained by this futuristic construction method.
Silver Fast is changing the way we think about large yachts, with length not necessarily having to mean excessive volume. She is built for efficient, and comfortable cruising at high speeds on the high seas and that is exactly what Silver Fast has been doing since her launch in March this year, covering nearly 12,000nm in her first three months at sea.
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