Silent-Yachts, built in Thailand and Italy, recently announced the sale of their first flagship yacht, the Silent 100 Explorer. The first unit of its four-deck 100 Explorer series, it is scheduled for delivery in 2023.
The 102ft, 440GT solar-electric catamaran, has a beam of 45ft and a towering height of more than 34ft. Designed by Marco Casali, the 31m cat offers the living space of monohull motor yachts sized between 40-50m, according to Silent-Yachts.
Michael Köhler, CEO and founder, of SilentYachts, said: “This new sale comes after the sale of three of our 80ft models in rapid succession and confirms the market’s interest in the superior comfort of catamarans and solar energy for propulsion needs plus all the household appliances on board.”
Like all Silent catamarans, the Silent 100 Explorer has a silent solar-electric drivetrain and worldwide cruising capabilities, following all the brand’s models from the former Silent 64, which in January 2018 became the brand’s first solar-powered production boat to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
Solar cells on the 100 Explorer provide up to 40kWp (kWp stands for the ‘peak’ power output in kilowatts), while clean solar electrical energy is stored in a battery bank with a capacity of up to 800kWh. Coupled to twin 340kW (@700rpm) electric motors, the Silent 100 Explorer has an economic speed of 6-8 knots, cruising speed of 10 knots and a top speed of 14-16 knots.
The solar panels are in the hardtop, which slides apart to reveal a fly deck that can also serve as a touch-and-go helipad. Because solar energy is completely renewable, the Silent 100 Explorer has an unlimited range, like all other Silent models, with diesel generators providing back-up auxiliary power. There is never a need to search for a marina to charge the batteries, get ice, refuel, or fill the water tanks and the yacht can virtually cruise for weeks without fuel or the need to start the generator.
Casali said: “The Silent 100 Explorer is a great challenge, taking the solar revolution of Silent-Yachts to the superyacht level. It will bring the experience of cruising to the next level, becoming a world reference for responsible yachting always connected to respect of the environment.
“Furthermore, the available spaces, fully customisable by the clients, allow for unique internal and external areas such as owner’s quarters or large saloons that aren’t even achievable on much longer monohull superyachts.”
Compared to the Silent 80, the 100 Explorer has an extra deck and much more space outdoors and indoors. The master suite of the 100 Explorer is 51sqm compared to the 27sqm owner’s cabin in the 80, while the aft outside areas are 105sqm versus 61sqm.
As well as the enormous full-beam master stateroom with private office forward on the main deck, the 100 Explorer has five en-suite guest cabins on the main deck and in the starboard hull.
The open aft deck with hot tub is set up for sunbathing with a panoramic balcony over the transom, bar and breakfast table. The wheelhouse and captain’s cabin are on the upper deck, where there’s also a sky lounge and bar with alfresco dining facilities on the 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 guest staircase links all the deck levels, while a crew staircase also links all decks. The galley, crew quarters and hotel services are in the portside hull. A tender garage for a 7.5m limo is between the two hulls, while a side-loading garage in the portside hull can house a smaller crew tender and toys.
Köhler said: “The sheer amount of family-friendly space aboard the Silent 100 Explorer has to be experienced to be believed. Clients are free to customise the arrangement: Do you want a gym or media room, a larger VIP suite or a country kitchen on main deck? The flexibility of the catamaran configuration means we can meet most requests.”
Portions of this story are courtesy of Yacht Style, www.yachtstyle.co