Silent-Yachts will be the first boat builder to date to design and build boats for the use of a kite sail system. The new Silent 60 solar powered catamaran carries 42 solar panels for 17 kWp of solar energy to power two electric motors of up to 2x340kw.
Backed up by a battery capacity of up to 286 kWh, the yacht can cruise efficiently with zero emissions solely on solar power for up to 100 nautical miles a day for weeks.
To further improve its green credentials and range, for longer crossings the first Silent 60 is also fitted with a compact 9 or 13 sq. m kite wing. The kite wing is optionally available on all Silent models.
After inflating the kite, it is released overboard to drift away on the surface of the water. Pulling on the lines it launches into the air and once it reaches the optimal flight height, it begins to trace a figure “8” in the sky and generates power to pull the yacht.
If you want to stop kiting, the automated app controls move the kite to a position right above the boat where it has the least pull on the line. From here it can be winched down electrically and collapsed over the foredeck ready for stowage.
“The main advantages of a kite over a conventional sail system are that it does not throw shade on the solar panels, does not need a tall mast, and generates up to 10 times more power per square metre than a traditional sail. In addition to that it saves about 1,5 tons of weight compared to conventional rigg and costs much less,” says Michael Köhler, Silent-Yachts founder and CEO.
The first Silent 60 has four guest cabins on the lower deck, including a spacious master suite, but other layout solutions are available. There are numerous social areas on board, including an airy main salon, an aft cockpit, a cosy bow area and a flybridge. The yacht also has high headroom throughout (up to 2.32m in the main salon).
Thanks to a draft of under 1m the yacht can access shallow bays, a crucial consideration for cruising grounds in the Caribbean and South East Asia.
Two swimming platforms in the stern can be extended on owner’s request to carry a pair of electric jet skis. The lifting hydraulic platform between the two platforms can carry a 4 m tender.
The Silent 60 is designed to go everywhere as a true bluewater cruising yacht. The solar-electric system is configured to power all the on-board systems without the need of fossil fuels for a generator. Featuring a new, high-performance hull form with a longer waterline and reverse bow, the yacht has a cruising speed of 6-8 knots, but can reach 20 knots if needed.
Silent-Yachts is producing the world’s first fully solar-sustainable oceangoing production catamaran yachts. They are powered exclusively by solar energy and capable of cruising up to 100 miles per day. In 2009, founders Heike and Michael Köhler, who have spent 6,000 days cruising more than 75,000 miles all around the world, launched the Solarwave 46, the first fully self-sufficient blue-water catamaran after years of testing solar-powered propulsion, and they have been building boats ever since.
CRN has launched a new bespoke steel and aluminum yacht Rio (previously known as Project C138). 62m Rio was sold by Alex Heyes and David Westwood of TWW Yachts. The yacht was designed and built by CRN in close collaboration with design and architecture studio Omega Architects, who created the exterior concept, and designers Pulina Exclusive Interiors for the styling inside.The 62m yacht spreads across four deck superyachts and can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests in the owner’s suite and the five guest suites. These include two full-beam VIPs, the first one is located on the main deck forward, the other on the lower deck.Rio is an entirely bespoke yacht, numerous aspects have been carefully conceived to offer the owner family – the discerning distribution and quality of the spaces, with generous indoor and outdoor living areas; a superb wellness lounge and fitness area in the beach club; and the exclusive owner’s deck, a great oasis of intimacy that can also be enjoyed as a social zone.Rio was constructed at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona, Italy. Its core values include a deep commitment to sustainability, geared to reducing the environmental impact of the production processes. Important examples of this approach in action are the trigeneration and solar-power systems which have helped to cut the yard’s heat and power consumption, by 32% and 79% respectively.CRN is a historic shipyard and Ferretti Group brand and company that designs and builds fully custom 45m to 95m steel and aluminium yachts. It was founded in 1963 in Ancona, Italy. The Ancona yard spans over 80,000 sq. m and boasts a large historic private marina looking out on the Adriatic, where all the CRN megayachts are made. The fleet now numbers over 400 seagoing vessels, plus several aluminium and light-alloy models built for other Ferretti Group brands. Credit: CRN
January 17, 2022
Italian design studio Lazzarini revealed a helium-powered flying superyacht. Called Air Yacht, the design has twin airships, which are connected by four bridges to a central hull and has helium as the main source of fuel.Made from carbon fiber, the Air Yacht has a length of 150m. According to the studio, helium could supply enough propulsion for journeys of up to 48 hours at speeds of 60 knots. And, while on the water, Air Yacht can cruise at a speed of 5 knots. The futuristic yacht design is attempting to offer a greener option to kerosene.Air Yacht’s twin airships contain 400,000 sq. m of compressed helium propelled by eight counter-rotating motors, each powered by ultralight batteries and solar panels.“The Air Yacht is not an airship intended for public transport or tourist purposes, it is designed for a private owner with a vision for the evolution of the mega yacht / aviation,” says Lazzarini Design Studio.The vessel will be packed with luxury amenities. A large dining area and living room will be located at the central hull, along with the master cabin with a panoramic view. Air Yacht also features a helipad and swimming pool on the roof.Credits: Lazzarini
January 14, 2022
DYT Superyacht Transport has delivered its purpose-built semi-submersible vessel, Yacht Servant. The official delivery took place on 4 January at Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard on China’s Shandong Peninsula. Three days later, the vessel embarked on her maiden voyage from Shanghai to Panama.Yacht Servant has a length of 213.70m, a 46m beam and a 4.6m draft. The vessel provides virtually double the capacity than her predecessors. The IMO Tier-III compliant vessel is also 32% more fuel efficient, while her 6,380 sq. m deck space – 30% larger than her sistership Yacht Express – facilitates the transport of more vessels per crossing, including deep draft sailing yachts.Whereas the current vessels in DYT’s semi-submersible fleet require operating water depths of around 14m, Yacht Servant only requires an operating water depth of 9m using a unique float-on, float-off system that is widely considered to be the safest and most efficient in the world. Yacht Servant’s new specialized deck located behind the bridge built to accommodate tenders, containers and small race boats also opens a new world of convenience and flexibility for owners.<iframe width=560 height=315 src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/AU-y0hheTsI title=YouTube video player frameborder=0 allow=accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture allowfullscreen></iframe>“We’re all hugely excited about the addition of Yacht Servant to our semi-submersible fleet,” says Richard Klabbers, Managing Director of DYT Superyacht Transport. “Her sheer size and volume allow for so much more capacity, and we’re looking forward to discovering how the vessel’s additional capabilities – such as onboard cranes, reduced board draft and increased submerged draft – will further what we can deliver.”On completion of her 2022 maiden voyage, Yacht Servant will return to China to transport cargo to Colombia during the yachting off season, before arriving in the Caribbean in May to commence her sailing schedule between Florida, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.Credits: DYT Superyacht Transport
January 14, 2022
Bilgin Yachts has made a technical launch of the 73.6m Bilgin 243. The steel and aluminum yacht features exterior and naval architecture from Unique Yacht Design. As her bigger sister 80m Tatiana, she spreads across five decks and can accommodate 16 guests. Bilgin 243 has a spacious owner's suite and two VIP suites on the main deck. “We designed Bilgin 74m focusing on the large, spacious structures that characterize a boat of this size, trying to develop them to perfection, rather than trying to fit ‘a little bit of everything’. The result was a great balance between interior and exterior living spaces, pleasing, large and sporty, but not tiring,” says Emrecan Özgün, CEO and the founder of Unique Yacht Design. She also has a 50 sq. m beach club, gym and sauna. Bilgin 243 will have a top speed of 17 knots, and can reach 5,000 nautical mile range at 12 knots.The technical launch and design of Bilgin 243 proved a complete success for the whole Bilgin team. We are very happy and proud of starting the year with a big splash,” says Ismail Şengün, Bilgin Yachts' CEO.To finish outfitting Bilgin 243 will be transported to the West Istanbul Marina and will be delivered in 2024.Bilgin Yachts is a boutique shipyard on the European side of Istanbul, building 50 to 120m luxury superyachts. It has been a family-run business for five generations since the early 1900s.Credits: Bilgin Yachts
January 14, 2022
Cantiere delle Marche has sold the semi-custom explorer Acciaio 130 to her European owner. The naval architecture and exterior have been made by Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec. The yacht spreads across three decks and features a generous sundeck sky lounge and a 30 sq. m gym on the upper deck. The owner requested a stern platform to be designed as a fishing cockpit and a storage for rods, tackle and bait. He also has requested two master suites: one on the main deck and the full-beam on the lower deck. The lower deck also will have two guest cabins. The Acciaio 130 has a top speed of 13.5 knots and a range of over 5,000 nautical miles when cruising at 10 knots.“We are delighted with the client’s strong interest in this design which brought to a high level of customization and interesting features,” says Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales & Marketing Director of CdM. “Acciaio 130 will be a purposeful passagemaker tailored to the exacting requirements of her owner for long range cruising. The client has been introduced by Jonacor Marine and in the light of the high level of professionalism of all parts involved we are sure that the construction of this beautiful vessel will represent a great experience for us all.”The 39.42 meter explorer will join the Acciaio 105 Gatto and the Acciaio 123 Astrum. This is the nineth sale in the Italian shipyard order list. CdM's story begins in 2010. The facilities cover an overall surface of 16˙000 square meters, including 7˙000 sq m of workshops and 1˙000 sq m of docks. Since 2015, the shipyard has been the world’s leading builder of explorer yachts. Based in Ancona, Cantiere delle Marche builds yachts from 26m to 43m in length.Credits: CdM
January 13, 2022