Silent-Yachts revealed its new superyacht, the Silent 120 Explorer. The new project, which features interior design by Marco Casali, also offers owners the chance to make the most of their adventure cruising itineraries with space for two of the latest must-have toys for remote voyaging – an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for heli-cruising and a submarine for underwater discovery.
The 36.74-meter Silent 120 Explorer features a 13.85-meter beam and an astonishing volume of 499 gross tonnes to offer extended cruising at 6-8 knots in economical mode, or up to 16 knots at full power. The supercat also heralds the next step in solar-powered cruising, with 40kWp (kilowatt-peak) panels providing enough energy to cover the yacht’s hotel loads (thanks in part to detailed and highly efficient systems design) as well as offering significant fossil-free cruising autonomy, with carefully selected range-extender generators in addition to the 800kW lithium-ion batteries driving highly efficient 340kW e-motors, giving unlimited-miles cruising potential.
The catamaran hull form combined with compact electric propulsion units offers significant space that enables the Silent 120 Explorer to carry both a revolutionary eVTOL aircraft and an all-electric two-person submarine, in addition to the usual tenders and toys demanded on a superyacht.
Silent-Yachts’ partnership with VRCO, designers and manufacturers of the Xcraft XP4 eVTOL aircraft, marks the first time a yacht builder and an aircraft manufacturer have collaborated, with the XP4 being customized to match the interiors of the Silent 120 Explorer. The XP4 can be landed on the roof of the Silent 120 Explorer, where large solar panels will slide outboard to port and starboard to reveal a touch-and-go landing pad.
The XP4, which is due for certification in 2024, offers convenient aerial personal transportation for up to four people, and is designed with an array of safety features including detection and avoidance technology, a ballistic parachute, and low-altitude crash prevention systems. In addition to utilizing technologies such as nanomaterials and hydrogen-based range extension, the XP4 can not only be charged from the Silent 120 Explorer’s solar panels but can also deliver power from its own battery to the yacht as a back-up power source.
The U-Boat Worx NEMO submarine offers diving to 100 meter depths for two people in an all-electric package whose footprint is smaller than two jet-skis. The NEMO features the trademark acrylic pressure globe that gives pilot and passenger a breathtaking view of the depths, while the Manta control interface is both easy to learn and easy to operate.
“The trend is for bigger yachts and more luxury, more comfort, more water toys and more possibilities,” says Michael Köhler, founder and CEO of Silent-Yachts. “In the Silent 120 Explorer we designed a boat that is bigger in volume although not in length, and bigger gives the opportunity to store more of these toys.
The first Silent 120 Explorer is currently in build and due for launch in 2024.
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.
Cantiere delle Marche is celebrating yet another significant milestone with the sale of an RJ 102 vessel to an Australian owner. This marks the fifth sale within the first six weeks of 2024, underscoring the company's exceptional commercial success and continued expansion into new markets.The RJ 102, a collaboration between Cantiere delle Marche and Francesco Paszkowski, promises to redefine the standards of superyacht excellence. With its sleek design and advanced hull technology, the vessel offers exceptional speed, stability, and efficiency, ensuring an unparalleled sailing experience.Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and CEO of Cantiere delle Marche, expressed his delight at the commercial success achieved by the company, attributing it to their unwavering dedication to excellence and commitment to innovation. He emphasized the importance of the Australian market, highlighting the opening of Cantiere delle Marche Australia as a strategic move that has proven highly successful.“This sale gives me the opportunity to underline our exceptional commercial success, a testament to the reputation we have meticulously built over the years through our team’s unwavering dedication to excellence. Despite a forecasted yachting market in the first two quarters of the year, we find ourselves propelled forward by a favorable wind. This year, our shipyard confirmed its position as the undisputed world leader in the construction of explorer yachts. It is crucial to emphasize that we build steel vessels, each meticulously tailored to the owner’s specifications, setting us apart from mass-produced composite yachts,” says Vasco Buonpensiere. The RJ 102 is the latest addition to the RJ family, boasting a well-proportioned, sleek, and elegant profile. Designed to provide ample opportunities for outdoor living, the vessel features large alfresco areas, a pool surrounded by a sundeck area, and spacious toy storage facilities. The interior layout, designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta, is tailored to provide the utmost comfort to owners and guests.Paul Miletta of Cantiere delle Marche Australia expressed his excitement about the new model, highlighting its suitability for owners seeking a true explorer with beautiful lines and the ability to be operated with minimal crew. The RJ 102 is expected to be a game-changer in the Australia and South Pacific region, offering a unique blend of luxury and functionality.With the sale of the RJ 102, Cantiere delle Marche continues to reaffirm its position as a global leader in the construction of explorer yachts, setting new standards of excellence in the industry.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
February 21, 2024
Sacs Tecnorib, in partnership with the renowned German tuner Mansory, will reveal the Pirelli 42 Special Edition at the Dubai International Boat Show, where Mansory also debuted its Gronos 6×6, based on the Mercedes G Class. The Show will be held from February 28 to March 3, 2024.The Pirelli 42 Special Edition, produced in a limited series, represents a collaboration between Sacs Tecnorib and Mansory, known for customizing high-end supercars. Featuring a triple Mercury 500R engine with a total of 1500hp, the vessel promises unparalleled power and agility. The design, crafted by the Swedish firm Mannerfelt Design Team, offers versatility as a day-cruiser or a shadow boat for larger yachts.Elevating the Pirelli 42 to new heights, Mansory infuses its signature hyper-technological aesthetic into every aspect of the vessel. Carbon fiber components, including the cockpit and wheelhouse details, enhance both performance and style. The exterior showcases bespoke carbon air vents, a spoiler on the hard top, and integrated Hella spotlights in a custom aerodynamic case. Inside, the interiors feature waterproof leather lining, customizable in color and quilt.Gianni De Bonis, CEO of Sacs Tecnorib, expressed excitement about showcasing the Pirelli 42 Special Edition alongside Mansory at the Dubai Boat Show. “We are very happy to be able to participate in the Dubai boat show together with Mansory, a brand that is also highly appreciated in the Middle East. Like us, it makes its ability to interpret customer requests and transform them into unique, prestigious customisations its added values”, said Gianni De Bonis.Sacs Tecnorib Spa was established in 2021 from the union between TecnoRib srl and Sacs srl. Credits: Sacs Tecnorib Spa
February 21, 2024
The 15th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 commenced on Monday, February 19, 2024, under splendid conditions off Fort Charlotte, Antigua, with sixty-four boats and over 500 sailors embarking on the 600-nautical-mile race across 11 Caribbean islands. With a south-easterly breeze reaching up to 17 knots, the race saw a swift start, setting the stage for an exhilarating Caribbean classic.Class40 Start © Tim Wright/RORCThe Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), established in 1925, is renowned for prestigious events like the biennial Fastnet Race and the Admiral's Cup. Collaborating with yacht clubs worldwide, RORC promotes offshore races and offers organizational support.IRC One & Two start © Tim Wright/RORCThis year’s RORC Caribbean 600 saw fierce competition, with the MOD70s leading the pack. Argo, skippered by Jason Carroll from the USA, held a four-mile lead over Zoulou from France. In the monohull division, Farr 100 Leopard 3, helmed by Joost Schuijff from Monaco, led the charge halfway through the race leg from St. Barths to Guadeloupe.As the race progressed into its second day, competitors navigated through a series of challenges, including wind shadows and strategic maneuvers around the islands of Saba, Sint Maarten, and St. Barths. The competition remained fierce, with boats vying for position under constantly changing conditions.<iframe width=560 height=315 src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/dQLQ8NsRYZo?si=drYkbKvoW4_eGARD title=YouTube video player frameborder=0 allow=accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share allowfullscreen></iframe>With a backdrop of picturesque Caribbean landscapes, teams shared updates and experiences through videos, pictures, and messages, providing insights into the intense race dynamics. The RORC Caribbean 600 serves as a thrilling chapter in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season Points Championships, continuing its legacy as one of the world's most prestigious offshore racing series.Farr 100 Leopard 3 and Paprec Sailing Team on Spirit of Malouen X © Tim Wright/RORCThe RORC, boasting 4,000 members, remains a pivotal institution in the global sailing community, with its clubhouse serving as a hub for sailing enthusiasts in St. James's Place, London, and Cowes Harbour.Credits: RORC
February 21, 2024
Denison Yachting has unveiled Project Perennial, a 60-meter motor yacht conceptualized by Tony Castro, which promises a unique sailing experience. The Latin-inspired name signifies the vessel's enduring design philosophy, aimed at transcending the trends prevalent in the yachting industry. Tony Castro, the renowned designer behind the project, expressed his enthusiasm for collaborating with Denison Yachting, emphasizing their shared vision for the future of custom superyacht building.Echoing Castro's sentiments, David Johnson, the Denison superyacht broker representing the project, lauded the collaboration, highlighting Castro's legendary status in the industry and the innovative features incorporated into the yacht's design. Notably, Johnson praised the "Cabana" style lounge on the aft deck, a pioneering concept for a yacht of this size.Project Perennial's exterior design features soft, flowing lines, accentuating its spacious volume. The yacht offers an array of social spaces, including an expansive aft terrace with an asymmetric pool and versatile seating arrangements. The upper pavilion, ideal for dining and lounging, overlooks this picturesque setting, complete with innovative features like a retractable slatted pergola.Further enhancing the yacht's allure are its distinctive amenities, including a forward spa pool, encircled fire pit, and owner's deck complete with panoramic views and private veranda. The interior layout is meticulously crafted to accommodate up to 16 guests in luxurious comfort, with additional amenities such as a gym, spa area, and cinema.Project Perennial represents a fusion of timeless design, innovative features, and luxurious comfort, setting a new standard in superyacht excellence. With construction underway, the project promises to deliver a truly unparalleled sailing experience, epitomizing elegance and sophistication on the high seas.Denison has long been a leader in the yachting industry with a rich family history dating back to 1948, and the start of Broward Marine in Fort Lauderdale. Today, the company provides complete yachting services worldwide, and operates out of over 20 waterfront offices with a team of 90+ licensed and bonded yacht brokers. Credits: Denison Yachting
February 20, 2024
McConaghy Boats, in a collaboration with Infiniti Yachts, has announced their joint venture to construct the highly anticipated Infiniti 105, promising to redefine the standards of superyacht excellence. Overseen by Northrop & Johnson Yacht Broker Sean McCarter, this partnership marks a significant step forward in the realm of yacht design and construction.Infiniti Yachts, renowned for their innovative design concepts and cutting-edge technology, has joined forces with McConaghy Boats. The synergy between visionary design and expert craftsmanship aims to create a vessel that surpasses conventional boundaries and delivers a new level of performance.The Infiniti 105 has a sleek and aerodynamic profile, the yacht embodies a perfect blend of style and functionality. Utilizing advanced hull technology developed by Infiniti Yachts, the Infiniti 105 promises exceptional speed, stability, and efficiency, offering an unparalleled sailing experience for both owners and enthusiasts. Drawing inspiration from the award-winning Baltic Superyacht Canova, which showcased the enhanced comfort and performance enabled by DSS technology, the Infiniti 105 sets a new benchmark in yacht design. For those embarking on the journey of commissioning an Infiniti 105, the vessel offers extensive customization options, allowing owners to tailor various systems and interiors to suit their individual preferences and aesthetic tastes. Whether envisioned as a high-performance racer, a luxurious cruiser, or something in between, the versatile Infiniti 105 offers unparalleled flexibility and personalization.McConaghy Boats brings a wealth of experience to the project, having been responsible for the construction of record-breaking vessels such as Wild Oats XI and Leopard, along with the iconic carbon Superyacht trimaran Adastra. With their expertise and dedication to excellence, McConaghy Boats is poised to play a pivotal role in bringing the vision of the Infiniti 105 to life.Founded in 1967 by John McConaghy, McConaghy is a pioneer in marine innovation, introducing novel materials to create some of the world's finest composite yachts. With over 50 years of passion for excellence, the company's legacy includes groundbreaking applications of prepreg carbon and nomex cored structures. McConaghy has facilities in Australia and China.Credits: McConaghy
February 20, 2024