Silent-Yachts is proud to introduce the Silent 55 at her world debut at the 2018 Cannes
Yachting Festival (September 11-16, 2018). The Silent 55 is the first and only oceangoing solar-electric production catamaran in the world. The yacht uses silent electric propulsion for unlimited range with no noise or fumes and minimal vibration, she is self-sufficient and virtually maintenance-free. The Silent 55 is available in several power configurations to suit a variety of cruising applications. All of them stick to the Silent-Yachts philosophy of relying chiefly on solar power for propulsion and onboard power needs.
The Silent 55 that was on display in Cannes is an “E-Power” version with 2 x 135 kW motors and can reach up to 14 knots. The model can be equipped as a “Cruiser” version, with a pair of 30 kW motors or a “Hybrid Power” version with 2 x 220 hp diesel engines and two 14 kW electric motors. A “Sailor” version can be equipped with all the previously mentioned drivetrain configurations and is rigged with a mast and
sails to provide additional propulsion in fair winds.
With 30 high-efficiency solar panels rated for approximately 10 kilowatt-peak, the Silent 55 uses maximum power point tracking (MPPT) solar charge regulators and lithium batteries, which provide capacity for all-night cruising, while a 15-kVA inverter provides power for all household appliances. The systems require hardly any maintenance and produce no fumes or noise. Because of that, the operational costs of the vessels are substantially lower compared to power yachts using more traditional propulsion systems. Michael Köhler, Silent-Yachts' CEO, said “What this represents to the yachtsman, among other features, is the ability to cruise for many hours at normal speed and throughout the entire day and evening at reduced speed. Silent-Yachts sets the standard for an entirely new dynamic in yachting: No fuel. No maintenance. Pure solar-powered luxury.”
The Silent 55 is available in five different layouts ranging from three to six staterooms with three or four heads. A full-width central owner’s stateroom is the centerpiece in three of the layouts, with guest staterooms located in port and starboard hulls. All staterooms offer double or twin berths, and all heads include a separate shower. Other layouts are available on request. In all configurations, careful attention has been paid to onboard ergonomics. The staterooms, heads and saloon on the Silent 55 are all created to welcome every person into spaces that are adapted to human size and create a comfortable environment for living, even for extended cruising. Large portlights and flush deck hatches admit natural light.
On the Silent 55, the interior layout is centered on a shared onboard space, a huge 40m² combination of saloon, helm and galley, with enough space for the crew to gather. The skipper will never be lonely at the lower helm as plenty of companion seating and an aft galley will keep the crew around. Three of the layouts feature a forward owner stateroom that capitalizes on the 8.46-meter beam of the yacht for a spacious layout with a walkaround double berth. Other accommodation plans optimize the space with additional staterooms as Silent-Yachts uses a modular construction and efficient design methods that allow additional layouts at reasonable prices.
With wide side decks for safety moving fore and aft, the Silent 55 has a spacious cockpit sheltered by a large hardtop overhang, and enormous open foredeck space. In addition, the flying bridge promises to allow helmsman and guests to enjoy time together underway with superior lines of sight all around the boat. The Silent 55 is equipped with the company’s aeration system, which provides cool and fresh air to all accommodations, heads, and in the saloon. The air-flow in each space is individually adjustable and can be used when the weather conditions require the windows to be closed. In addition, a reverse-cycle heat-pump system can be used to heat the interior when necessary, ensuring all-season comfort. The insulated hull ensures efficient achievement of desired onboard temperatures.
The Silent 55 is built using vacuum-bagged resin infusion to create a lightweight glass-sandwich composite construction that has sound- and temperature-insulating qualities. The hull is reinforced with carbon fiber at stress points, and uses vinylester resin to prevent osmotic blistering.
The Silent 55 hull shape was designed using extensive tank testing for optimal efficiency. The molds were then created using CNC milling for true replication of the refined, enhanced shape in the tooling. The Silent 55 has a shape both above and below the waterline that is designed to slip through the wind and waves with minimal resistance. Designed with sealed deck sections and collision compartments for safety, the Silent 55 uses watertight bulkheads and integrated interior furniture to create a torsion-resistant hull structure.
The electrical system can allow such features as a powered aft swim platform, a 1,500-watt electric windlass, and other features yachtsmen have come to expect on world-class oceangoing cruising yachts. Because the Silent 55 is designed to range everywhere as a true ocean-going cruising yacht that is selfsufficient, she is equipped to keep her crew happy and comfortable for virtually any voyage.
It starts with the benefits of the propulsion system. The Silent 55 can cruise efficiently for up to 100 miles a day for weeks. At the same time, the arrangement of the components enables the system to power all onboard systems without need of fuel to power a generator. Because of her revolutionary design, the Silent 55 travels just with the sound of the wind, and the water streaming past the hull, with no smoke, noise, or vibration of engines.
“The generator is only used to recharge the batteries in the rare case when higher speed is required for longer periods of time or if the weather is bad for several days,” Köhler says. In addition to the ergonomics of the living spaces, the Silent 55 - thanks to her advanced conveniences -offers a comfort level that sparks peace of mind. A water-maker powered by the solar-electric system, produces enough water to supply a full six stateroom company with reasonable rate of consumption.
On the Silent 55, all onboard appliances operate on the 220/110-volt system, to which her crew might be used to from their homes. The galley has refrigerator and freezer space to sustain the crew and an efficient induction cooktop, precluding the need for carrying propane. “Under normal, average holiday conditions, the boat is self-sufficient with unlimited range without burning fuel,” Köhler says. But perhaps even more importantly, the time under way is spent enjoying the sounds of wind and water, with no fumes or vibration, with no noise but the laughter of friends and family.
Sanlorenzo Yachts closes the sale of the third and fourth units of the 57Steel and launches the second 62Steel. The 57Steel is amongst the latest additions to Sanlorenzo's superyacht fleet that are conquering the international market. An unstoppable progress that has led to the sale of the third and fourth units of the 57Steel, the latter concluded by the Bulgarian dealer Best Boats Only. Confirming Sanlorenzo's commitment to significantly reducing the impact of yacht use on the marine ecosystem, the third vessel, sold in collaboration with Russian dealer West Nautical, will be equipped with a new generation diesel-electric propulsion system that will see a significant evolution in terms of energy efficiency and reduced footprint and will be integrated with the latest generation of lithium battery and hotel management systems.The 57Steel is the result of intense typological research carried out by the shipyard together with Studio Zuccon International Project, which has led to the creation of a 56.7m long yacht with five decks and a tonnage of 1050 GT. "The versatility of use that distinguishes the spaces on board is a key element of the 57Steel, it makes it possible to satisfy the many requests of a heterogeneous and multicultural market like that of superyachts. A model in which there is no ostentation of the brand and whose external lines have a defined and extremely fluid, transparent and clear trend in which the language of the shipyard shines through. We can define 57 Steel as a skillful balancing act between content and container," says Bernardo Zuccon. The large volumes, which strongly characterise this model, have been obtained through the creation of an innovative layout that alters the traditional balance on board: the wheelhouse area, normally at the bow of the upper deck, has been relocated to an additional deck – a real bridge deck as on larger yachts – thus making it possible to use the upper deck in a different way.This is where the owner's cabin is located, a 54 sq. m space overlooking the very large owner deck, a private deck from which to enjoy an exclusive view of the infinite sea. The new layout has also made it possible to create a spacious full-beam VIP cabin at the bow of the main deck, which can be used as a second owner's cabin. One of the features most appreciated of the 57Steel is the 110 sq. m beach area, created by opening hatches on three sides which become small beaches on the water's edge, illuminated by the transparent-bottomed swimming pool on the main deck, and the decision to place the garage at the bow, which has made it possible to create a large space equipped to house tenders of up to 7.5m and numerous toys.At the same time as the sale of the two 57Steels, Sanlorenzo launches the second unit of the 62Steel, a 61.5m superyacht with a maximum beam of 11.9m, a gross tonnage of 1300 tonnes and five decks.This model is full of comfortable spaces that provide a truly special experience for Sanlorenzo owners in their private moments of loisir. Starting from the vast private area of the owner's suite, a good 215 sq. m, on the upper deck, which, in addition to enjoying an unparalleled 180° panoramic view, is linked to the outdoor area in the bow of over 140 sq. m, with large sunbathing and relaxation areas and a swimming pool. An entire deck for the exclusive use of the owner. A private beach which extends under cover for 92 sq. m, with areas to relax, a bar area, gym and hammam, plus another 40 sq. m of folding terraces aft and on both sides that offer guests the chance to enjoy the sea "au fil de l'eau" for swimming, diving and sunbathing enhanced by the shimmering sea. To completely free up space in the beach area, the 62Steel has been designed with two garages with access through lateral openings, midship, which contain the main 9m tender to starboard and the service tender and jet ski to port. The first unit in the line 62Steel, motor yacht Cloud 9 will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show from 22 to 25 September.Sanlorenzo was founded in 1985 in Viareggio by yacht builder Gionvanni Jannetti. In 2005, Massimo Perrotti became the majority shareholder in the shipyard. Sanlorenzo builds yachts ranging from 28.60 to 62 meters in length. Credits: Sanlorenzo
September 21, 2021
The Italian designer Cristiano Mariani revealed his newest 110m concept with a hyrbid propulsion system. It was named the CMA 110 Luxury Cruise Yacht and has a floodable basin aft, with a stern garage large that can hold a tender of 24 meters.The 110m megayacht can accommodate up to 34 guests in 17 cabins, including owner’s cabin and eight VIP suites. The owner has its own private deck. The yacht features an infinity pool, three hot tubs, a 124 sq. m gym, a helipad at the bow, a squash club, a spa, a spacious beach club and a 100 sq. m cinema. The megayacht sustainable propulsion system gives her a top speed of 18 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots. Cristiano Mariani works with the shipyards like CRN, ISA Yachts and Wally, he also had a direct collaboration with the Zuccon International Project. In recent years he has been working on explorer and sport utility vessel projects directly with the owners in collaboration with MMYB, by Marcello Maggi.Credits: Cristiano Mariani
September 21, 2021
The joint team of Royal Huisman, Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley Design has announced the newbuild agreement for a 65m performance ketch rigged sailing yacht.A period of concept design and development by the experienced owners’ team, architects and builder has been successfully completed and signed off at the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show. The creation of this stunning superyacht is now focused on multidisciplinary design and engineering, which are the subsequent steps of Royal Huisman’s efficient Stage Gate process project management and Concurrent Engineering approach. This will bring the project to readiness for the next big step: the start of the construction at Royal Huisman’s newbuild facilities in Vollenhove, The Netherlands. One of the main areas of focus for this ketch rigged sailing yacht is the optimisation of performance: Alustar aluminium construction, carbon rig, and an integrated sailing system by Rondal have been specified to enhance winning potential on the superyacht regatta circuit.“We are honoured that this client has entrusted Royal Huisman with the realisation of his dream – a truly beautiful and unique yacht. Project 408 fits perfectly within our growing newbuild portfolio of exceptional sailing and motoryacht projects,” says Jan Timmerman, Royal Huisman’s CEO. Limited information is currently available. Further updates with more details will be released in the months ahead. Royal Huisman is a Dutch shipyard established since 1884 in Ronduite, building and refitting custom luxury sailing and motor yachts at its shipyard in Vollenhove, the Netherlands.Credits: Royal Huisman
September 20, 2021
CdM has sold two explorer yachts during the Cannes Yachting Festival – a 43m EXP 42 and a 35m RJ115. The EXP 42 was sold to a repeat client from central America. The EXP 42 exterior was made by Francesco Paszkowski, who previously worked on the shipyard's MG line. The yacht will have full-height windows and a displacement steel hull and light aluminium superstructure. RJ115 is a new concept designed – an Explorer yacht fashioned to provide extreme seaworthiness combined with the top elegance. The RJ line of luxury explorer yachts combines a great wealth of exterior spaces with a real go-anywhere, do-anything expedition pedigree. Her exterior was also made by Francesco Paszkowski, who drew the elegant and timeless yacht. CdM’s story begins in 2010. Since 2015, the shipyard is the world’s leading builder of explorer yachts. Cantiere delle Marche builds long-range, luxury yachts and superyachts from 26m to 40m in length.Credits: Cantiere delle Marche
September 20, 2021
The superyacht Azteca now can be purchased with bitcoin. Azteca was built in 2010 by CRN for a highly experienced owner. At the time of launch, Azteca was the largest vessel ever constructed by Ancona shipyard CRN. The 72m yacht was listed for sale for the first time in August and has an asking price of EUR 65,000,000. Her owner, a renowned supporter of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, has recently announced that he will accept full payment for the yacht in the digital currency. Although cryptocurrency transactions are starting to be reported in the industry, the announcement makes Azteca the largest yacht ever available to be purchased with bitcoin, it is believed.She is listed for sale with both Camper and Nicholsons and Edmiston and will be on display at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, taking place in the principality between September 22nd and 25th.Credits: Camper and Nicholsons
September 20, 2021