HISTORY

Solar-pioneers Heike und Michael Köhler have spent over 6.000 days on board of their yachts and sailed over 75.000 NM all around the world. After travelling the oceans on conventional motorboats and sailboats for 40 years, they came to the conclusion that there had to be a better way to supply the propulsion system and the onboard appliances of yachts with energy.

2004 | RESEARCH

From 2004 to 2009 they tested alternative power sources for their usage on yachts - measuring the production and consumption of energy, with a focus on self-sufficient power supplies as well as electric propulsion.

2009 | CONSTRUCTION OF SOLARWAVE 46

Based on the results of five years and 15,000 NM of sailing on a test catamaran, they started the design and construction of the Solarwave 46, the first fully self-sufficient and purely solar powered bluewater-catamaran.

2009 | PROTOTYPE LAUNCH

In 2009, the Solarwave 46 was let into the water for the very first time. It was nothing less than the first ocean-going yacht which exclusively used solar energy, not only for actual propulsion, but also to provide energy to all household appliances on board. This includes everything ranging from cooktops, stoves and the freezer to the air conditioning, washing machine and watermaker.

2009 CONSTRUCTION OF SOLARWAVE 46

Based on the results of five years and 15,000 NM of sailing on a test catamaran, they started the design and construction of the Solarwave 46, the first fully self-sufficient and purely solar powered bluewater-catamaran.

2009 PROTOTYPE LAUNCH

In 2009, the Solarwave 46 was let into the water for the very first time. It was nothing less than the first ocean-going yacht which exclusively used solar energy, not only for actual propulsion, but also to provide energy to all household appliances on board. This includes everything ranging from cooktops, stoves and the freezer to the air conditioning, washing machine and watermaker.

2010 | BEGINNING OF 5-YEAR SEA TRIAL

A rigorous fife-year sea trial was initiated. They crossed the entire continent of Europe by river, sailed the Black Sea, the stormy Aegean as well as the vast Mediterranean Sea.

2014 | COMFORT

This experience lasting more than 120 weeks was also enjoyed by hundreds of guests and journalists. The functionality and seaworthiness of this solar catamaran were fully scrutinized and passed with flying colors. She fully accomodated 6 to 8 guests and produced enough energy for electrically prepared meals, the water maker as well as heating and cooling.

2014 | RELIABILITY

Furthermore, the yacht was able to power the engines every day under various circumstances such as rain, cloudy sky, sun, snowfall, ice and even storms of force 9. During this period of four years there were absolutely no maintenance or repair works required on the solar panels, the batteries or the electric motors. The generator, which had to be on board for safety reasons, was working for less than 50 hours during those 48 months – primarily to avoid becoming rusty. On the other hand, the electric motors were operating for more than 2000 hours for the same period of time with no maintenance needed.

2014 | SUCCESS

This was proof that the solar electric drivetrain is the most effective, efficient and reliable choice for nautical propulsion and self-sufficient sailing. The successful sea trials also highlighted that the SILENT-System is perfectly suitable for an independent life on board.

2015 | COMFORT

This experience lasting more than 120 weeks was also enjoyed by hundreds of guests and journalists. The functionality and seaworthiness of this solar catamaran were fully scrutinized and passed with flying colors. She fully accomodated 6 to 8 guests and produced enough energy for electrically prepared meals, the water maker as well as heating and cooling.

2015 | RELIABILITY

Furthermore, the yacht was able to power the engines every day under various circumstances such as rain, cloudy sky, sun, snowfall, ice and even storms of force 9. During this period of four years there were absolutely no maintenance or repair works required on the solar panels, the batteries or the electric motors. The generator, which had to be on board for safety reasons, was working for less than 50 hours during those 48 months – primarily to avoid becoming rusty. On the other hand, the electric motors were operating for more than 2000 hours for the same period of time with no maintenance needed.

2015 | SUCCESS

This was proof that the solar electric drivetrain is the most effective, efficient and reliable choice for nautical propulsion and self-sufficient sailing. The successful sea trials also highlighted that the SILENT-System is perfectly suitable for an independent life on board.

2016 | SILENT 64 LAUNCH

As the first serial production solar powered yacht in the world, the SILENT 64 marked the dawn of a new e-ra of sustainable luxury yachting.

2018 | WORLD RECORD SILENT 64

In February of 2018, the SILENT 64 crossed the Atlantic Ocean as the first serial production solar powered bluewater catamaran. The starting point of the journey was Cartagena, Spain. Until Florida, she covered 5.500 NM in total. The crossing from Cap Verde to Barbados only took her 16 days, with an average speed of 6 knots. Watch the full video here.

2018 | SILENT 80 PRESENTATION

The new flagship of SILENT-YACHTS. Her exterior design is a perfect combination of classic elegance and nextgen innovation. The man responsible for her stunning appearance is Marco Casali, one of the most renowned designers in the entire industry. As such, the SILENT 80 sets the benchmark for solar powered yachting in every way.

2018 | SILENT 55 LAUNCH

After the SILENT 64, as the second serial production yacht of SILENT-YACHTS, the SILENT 55 made a lasting impression during her premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2018.

2018 | WORLD RECORD
SILENT 64

In February of 2018, the SILENT 64 crossed the Atlantic Ocean as the first serial production solar powered bluewater catamaran. The starting point of the journey was Cartagena, Spain. Until Florida, she covered 5.500 NM in total. The crossing from Cap Verde to Barbados only took her 16 days, with an average speed of 6 knots. Watch the full video here.

2018 | SILENT 80
PRESENTATION

The new flagship of SILENT-YACHTS. Her exterior design is a perfect combination of classic elegance and nextgen innovation. The man responsible for her stunning appearance is Marco Casali, one of the most renowned designers in the entire industry. As such, the SILENT 80 sets the benchmark for solar powered yachting in every way.

2018 | SILENT 55 LAUNCH

After the SILENT 64, as the second serial production yacht of SILENT-YACHTS, the SILENT 55 made a lasting impression during her premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2018.

Slide Background 2020 | SY x VW

The announcement of a game changing partnership regarding the development of a brand new 50 ft yacht. While the Volkswagen Group will supply all components of the drivetrain including the batteries, they will also create a stunning nextgen design.

2020 | SILENT-RESORTS

A groundbreaking venture which continues the bold approach running through our DNA. The mission of SILENT-RESORTS is to disrupt the tourism industry by creating a sustainable, zero carbon, luxury holiday experience. With our SILENT-YACHTS acting as floating luxury villas accompanied by a flexible and fully reversible solar powered infrastructure on land, guests will be able to enjoy some of the most pristine islands in the world in a sustainable manner.

Slide Background 2020 | SY x VW

The announcement of a game changing partnership regarding the development of a 50 ft yacht. While the Volkswagen Group will supply all components of the drivetrain including the batteries, they will also create a stunning nextgen design.

2020 | SILENT-RESORTS

A groundbreaking venture which continues the bold approach running through our DNA. The mission of SILENT-RESORTS is to disrupt the tourism industry by creating a sustainable, zero carbon luxury holiday experience. With our SILENT-YACHTS acting as floating luxury villas accompanied by a flexible and fully reversible solar powered infrastructure on land, guests will be able to enjoy some of the most pristine islands in the world in a sustainable manner.

2021 | SILENT 60 LAUNCH

Representing the next generation of the SILENT 64, the SILENT 60 makes major improvements in comparison to her legendary predecessor. Her electric motors are now much more powerful, with the battery banks also having significantly increased in terms of their capacity. At the 2021 German Design Awards, her exterior appeal was honored for Excellent Product Design.

2021 | SILENT 62 3-DECK PRESENTATION

Based on our bestselling SILENT 60, she offers an additional third deck instead of the regular flybridge. Futhermore, the length of the hull has been increased by two feet. An ideal option for all those who appreciate the compact dimensions of the original SILENT 60 but also long for the special ambiance of a spacious third deck.

2021 | MALLORCA OFFICE OPENING

During spring of 2021, we settled in one of the most unique and beautiful locations of the entire Mediterranean. Designed by Philippe Starck, Port Adriano is one the most luxurious and exclusive yacht marinas in the world. The perfect place to welcome our guests and introduce them to a new e-ra of yachting.

2021 | SILENT 100 EXPLORER PRESENTATION

After the SILENT 80, renown yacht designer Marco Casali also worked his magic to create a visually spectacular appearance for the SILENT 100 Explorer. As the boldest expression of solar powered yachting yet, she aims to take the signature SILENT experience to the super yacht level.

2021 | SILENT 60 LAUNCH

Representing the next generation of the SILENT 64, the SILENT 60 makes major improvements in comparison to her legendary predecessor. Her electric motors are now much more powerful, with the battery banks also having significantly increased in terms of their capacity. At the 2021 German Design Awards, her exterior appeal was honored for Excellent Product Design.

2021 | SILENT 62 3-DECK
PRESENTATION

Based on our bestselling SILENT 60, she offers an additional third deck instead of the regular flybridge. Futhermore, the length of the hull has been increased by two feet. An ideal option for all those who appreciate the compact dimensions of the original SILENT 60 but also long for the special ambiance of a spacious third deck.

2021| MALLORCA OFFICE OPENING

During spring of 2021, we settled in one of the most unique and beautiful locations of the entire Mediterranean. Designed by Philippe Starck, Port Adriano is one the most luxurious and exclusive yacht marinas in the world. The perfect place to welcome our guests and introduce them to a new e-ra of yachting.

2021 | SILENT 100 EXPLORER
PRESENTATION

After the SILENT 80, renown yacht designer Marco Casali also worked his magic to create a visually spectacular appearance for the SILENT 100 Explorer. As the boldest expression of solar powered yachting yet, she aims to take the signature SILENT experience to the super yacht level.

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