Silent-Yachts sells first unit of Silent 100 Explorer flagship
After unveiling its new Silent 100 Explorer flagship at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival, Austrian-based Silent-Yachts has sold the first unit with a scheduled delivery in 2023.
“This new sale coming after the sale of three of our 80-foot models in rapid succession confirms the market’s interest in the superior comfort of catamarans and solar energy for propulsion needs, as well as all the household appliances on board,” says Silent-Yachts founder and CEO, Michael Köhler.
Like all Silent yachts, the four-deck Silent 100 Explorer has a solar-electric drive train and is designed to have worldwide cruising capabilities, which the company says in theory, gives unlimited range.
Renewable electric energy comes from the solar panels in the hard top which slides apart to reveal a sundeck that can also serve as a touch-and-go helipad. The solar cells provide up to 40kWp and solar electrical energy is stored in a battery bank with a capacity of up to 800 kWh. Twin 340kW electric motors provide a cruising speed of 10 knots and a top speed of 14-16 knots.
Depending on the specification, two or three diesel generators provide back-up auxiliary power.
Although only 31 metres in length, the company says the Silent 100 Explorer has outdoor and indoor living spaces that are equivalent to a monohull motor yacht of 40-50 metres.
“The Silent 100 Explorer is a great challenge proving that the solar revolution of Silent-Yachts to the superyacht level,” says designer, Marco Casali. “The kind of available spaces, fully customisable from the clients, will allow unique internal and external spaces not even achievable on much bigger superyachts like owner’s quarters or large saloons. The Silent 100 Explorer will bring the experience of cruising to a next level becoming a world reference for a responsible yachting always connected to the respect of the environment.”
The yacht boasts five en suite guest cabins on the main deck and in the starboard hull, in addition to a full-beam master stateroom with private office on the main deck forward.
The salon and dining area is located in the aft section on the main deck, while the open aft deck has a hot tub, a bar and breakfast table.
The wheelhouse is on the upper deck where there is also a sky lounge and bar with al fresco dining facilities on the open aft deck.
The fly deck has more sunbathing space, a wet bar, a second helm station, and the space under the sliding solar panels that can be used for helicopter operations or as an open-air gym.
A spiral staircase for the exclusive use of the guests links all the deck levels.
The galley and crew quarters are all housed in the portside hull, and the crew has a dedicated staircase to access all decks.
Between the two hulls is a 7.5-metre limo tender garage, and in the portside hull there is space for a smaller crew tender in a side-loading garage.
“The sheer amount of family-friendly space aboard the Silent 100 Explorer has to be experienced to be believed,” says Köhler. “It also means that clients are free to customise the arrangement according to personal preference. Do you want a gym or media room, a larger VIP suite or a country kitchen on main deck? No problem. The flexibility of the catamaran configuration means we can meet most requests.”