Is this the new ‘Tesla of the Seas”? Silent-Yachts, producer of the world’s first and only ocean-going, solar-electric production catamarans, have unveiled its new completely solar-powered super yacht — and it travels in pure silence.
The Silent 80 uses silent electric propulsion and has unlimited range without emitting noise or fumes and minimal vibration. It boasts 70 solar panels, electric motors, and the same lithium batteries the power Tesla electric cars.
The 80-foot yacht can accommodate up to ten guests in five cabins and costs around $5 million, according to the Daily Mail. And because it has no need for a diesel engine room and fuel tanks, the Silent 80 has enough space on board to hold an amphibious car and its own gyrocopter.
Designers of the Silent 80 say that as a completely self-sufficient vessel, it could travel an unlimited distance, only docking for food, drink and other supplies.
In case of prolonged dark skies, there is a backup diesel generator that can power the craft by itself. And itcan also be used to charge the lithium batteries to keep fuel usage to a minimum, the Daily Mail reported.
According to the Silent-Yachts website, the solar panels come with a 25 year warranty, while the battery banks come with a 10 year guarantee.
And of course, style matters, so the super yacht also looks super slick.
“What I tried to achieve is an interesting Italian design, sophisticated and refined. This is a nice-looking yacht that meets efficiency,” designer Marco Casali told SuperYacht Times.
The yacht is built using vacuum-bagged resin and can reach a top speed of up to 18 knots. At 7 knots, the Silent 80 can travel in complete silence and at a range of 100 nm per day.
So far, four Silent 80 yachts have been sold and due for delivery in 2020.