New Found Love For Solar-Electric Catamarans
Blessing in disguise for Silent-Yachts during pandemic. The Austria based luxury shipyard who has specialized in solar-powered, electric and hybrid catamarans production has reported four new sales and says it currently has eight units in build across production facilities in Italy, Thailand and China.
Founded by Austrian Michael Kohler, The company’s first model was the Silent 55 built in China and its currently also producing three units of the upcoming flagship Silent 80 in Italy, four units of the new Silent 60 in Thailand and Italy, and one unit of the Silent 55 in China. A model displayed at the last two editions of the Cannes Yachting Festival.
The company’s CEO said “We sold four boats during the peak of the crisis”. We believe people are more aware than ever of the fact we live in a fragile ecological system. There is a high dependency on fossil fuels, which will not be available at any time in any place”.
“People are looking out for yachts that are even more independent from fossil fuels than sailing boats. Silent-Yachts offers the solution, as our catamarans are being powered by the sun. The solar energy harnessed is not only used for propulsion but also supplies energy to all household appliances on board.”
“Our shipyards are streamlined and coordinated in a highly efficient manner,” Kohler continued. “This made sure they were able to deal with any unexpected challenges and continued to make significant progress regarding the production process of all our models. As a result, we’ll deliver the first two Silent 60 catamarans to their owners before the end of the year.”
The 55, 60 and 80, Silent-Yachts has also revealed designs for a Silent 80 Tri-Deck and is developing new models.
In total, the young company has sold 25 solar-electric catamarans. The Silent 60 has secured eight sales, making it the brand’s best-selling model. The units in Thailand are being built at the Bakri Cono, the largest privately owned shipyard near Pattaya.
The pricing starts at about $4.6 million and can go as high as the future owner’s pocket. These catamarans are fully customizable in every aspect and come in various layouts.