History 15 years of solar powered experience

THE STORY BEHIND

Michael & Heike Köhler are the solar-pioneers behind SILENT-YACHTS.

Upon completing his University studies, Mr. Köhler practiced law for several years prior to following his life-long interest in the marine industry.

As both their hearts were longing for the open blue, they travelled the oceans for over 23 years on conventionally powered sailboats and motorboats. They both spent over 5000 days on board of their yachts and sailed over 75,000 NM around the world. The experiences they gathered during more than two decades at sea lead them to the conclusion that there had to be a more efficient way to supply yachts with energy. After four years of continuous research, this lead to the birth of the SOLARWAVE 46 in 2009.

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 water-maker.

the founder of silent yachts

SOLARWAVE 46 – the world’s premier catamaran powered purely by solar energy.

In 2010, a rigorous four-year sea trial was initiated in which they crossed the entire continent of Europe by river, sailed the dangerous Black Sea, the stormy Aegean as well as the vast Mediterranean Sea. Throughout the journey, the SOLARWAVE 46 did not only accommodate them with convenient amenities such as on-board water production, cooling and heating. It additionally accommodated eight guests on board with all the comfort needed for a total period of 120 weeks.</