As true sailors we aim to preserve the purity of untouched ocean waters. The aspect of sustainability is at the very core of our DNA – it is part of our everyday mission at SILENT-YACHTS. Therefore, we treat it exactly that way. For us it is more than just a buzzword, it is an essential part of why we do what we do. SUSTAINABILITY
WE BELIEVE THAT SUSTAINABILITY IN YACHTING GOES BEYOND THE SOLAR ELECTRIC DRIVETRAIN. WE KNOW THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE YACHTING WORK HAND IN HAND WITH NATURE, IT REQUIRES A MORE HOLISTIC APPROACH IN ALL AREAS.
WE BELIEVE THAT SUSTAINABILITY IN YACHTING GOES BEYOND THE SOLAR ELECTRIC DRIVE-TRAIN. WEKNOW THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE YACHTING WORK HAND IN HAND WITH NATURE, IT REQUIRES A MORE HOLISTIC APPROACH IN ALL AREAS.
FUTURE PROOF When it comes to environmental impact, the product life cycle plays a significant role. The longer the product stays up to date, the longer its respective lifecycle is, the less waste is produced as a result. Therefore, the core components of every SILENT yacht, such as the batteries and solar panels, can be easily exchanged. This upgradability of hardware is unique to SILENT-YACHTS, making sure that all our models can take advantage of the latest technology, enabling them to actually improve their energy production and storage capacities many years after they were originally launched into the water. SECOND LIFE CYCLE The second crucial aspect regarding environmental impact is how components can be re-used after their original lifespan for different purposes, enabling them to have an additional lifecycle. Once a SILENT yacht has been upgraded with the latest state-of the-art technology, the old batteries and solar panels can be re-used by producing and storing additional energy for example, your home. In our modern and fast paced world, this again helps to reduce and minimize waste production.
BAMBOO As an ecological alternative, bamboo offers several advantages. Firstly, compared to tropical trees, it grows much faster. This means that the harvesting of bamboo does not endanger the sensitive ecosystem of the rainforest. Bamboo is also a very resistant plant. Therefore, it can be grown without the use of fertilizers or pesticides, minimizing the direct impact on the environment during its cultivation. Also, unlike other woods, bamboo barely reacts to changes in humidity or moisture in general, making it a formidable choice when designing decks and cabins. CORK Harvested from the cork oak, this is one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly materials on the planet. Besides amazing characteristics such as being waterproof, fireproof and very elastic, the actual tree does not need to be cut down during the harvest. It simply continuous to turn CO2 into oxygen during and after the process. In addition, cork is fully biodegradable and recyclable. Waste products of the cork production process can therefore be used to make additional products, making sure every inch of the material is being put to use. Bottom line, it greatly complements the interior of any yacht. FLAX FIBER Another amazing ecological material which brings along beneficial qualities, both in terms of its sustainability, as well as its application in yachting. Similar to bamboo, they are grown without the addition of harmful pesticides. Flax fiber does not only have profound sound deadening abilities, it also significantly helps with dampening vibrations. Furthermore, it is a natural raw material which, while being very lightweight, is also characterized by high strength and structural rigidity. In conclusion, a great fiber for sustainable and luxurious interior applications. BASALT FIBER A fascinating and natural resource, which is won from volcanic rock. It is not only stronger than glass fiber, but also offers several advantages from an environmental standpoint. Processing the original volcanic rock into the fiber requires very few resources and energy. Most importantly, the process does not include the use of any toxic acids. Further beneficial traits of basalt fibers are that they are very heat resistant and have excellent sound deadening properties. As they are also nearly impossible to inflame, they can play a major role when it comes to safety.
SUSTAINABLE CLEANING Traditional cleaners make use of toxic chemicals, which have a negative impact on human health and damage the environment. Therefore, we partnered with Ecoworks Marine, who are the champions when it comes to sustainable marine cleaning. All of their products use only the best and most secure natural ingredients available to produce a range that performs exceptionally well and with minimum stress on the fauna and flora of our oceans and rivers. The cleaners are formulated for the lowest possible toxicity and the ultimate biodegradability. Hence, each and every SILENT-YACHT is delivered with a complete Ecoworks Marine cleaning package. ZERO EMISSION ADRENALINE A new e-ra of yachting brings along a new e-ra of electric water toys as well. Our web shop plays a major role in creating a unique experience not only for our customers, but anyone who simply loves having a blast in the water. All the electric water toys available on the online store represent the very best from their particular segment and can of course, be recharged after use directly on board of our yachts. RECHARGING INSTEAD OF REFUELING May it be the smell of fuels, the noise created by running refueling stations or the vibrations on board caused by constantly operating generators. In combination with all the valuable time lost in potential queues, refueling a yacht has never been a particularly pleasant experience. In comparison, every SILENT yacht can operate completely independently from such needs. Recharge the batteries whenever the sun is shining, in your favorite marina, a recently discovered remote bay or on the wide-open ocean – the choice is yours. While the solar panels work their magic, spend your time the way you chose to and experience true freedom in the process. KITE SAIL SYSTEM While traditional sails would throw shades on the panels and decrease the overall efficiency of the solar electric drivetrain as a result, our optional kite sail system still allows all the wind lovers to make use of this evergreen source of energy. Available for all our models, the kite flies at much higher altitudes where winds are far stronger than at the levels of the vessel. This enables it to create up to 10x more power in comparison to a regular sail, perfectly complementing the unique and eco-friendly solar cruising experience. REDUCED NOISE POLLUTION According to Blue World Institute, ocean noise levels have increased by tenfold since 1950. While for us humans relaxing periods of silence are something we deeply cherish, they are something absolutely vital for aquatic animals. The underwater marine life relies heavily on sound to communicate, hunt food or support many other essential aspects which ultimately sustain their lives. Oil and gas explorations are major contributors of harmful underwater noise created by humans. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to focus on the use of renewable energy sources such as the sun in order to support a healthy marine environment.
SOLAR POWERED HEADQUARTERS Not only our boats are powered by the energy of the sun, our headquarters located on the foothills of the Austrian Alps are too. The solar panels on the roof have been powering our local operations since the very beginning.
Furthermore, once the batteries in our yachts have served 10 years of use, they start their second life cycle by acting as additional energy storage within our headquarters. ECO COLLATERAL Our entire line-up of branded collateral is made from the sustainable options possible, such as ecological paper, organic cotton or recycled materials. This is complemented by further eco toiletries such as organic cotton towels and natural soaps onboard of our yachts. ELECTRIC COMPANY CARS With the help of our Tesla company cars, we make use of electric propulsion not only on water, but also on the road. This ensures that our employees and guests can travel emission free across land as well. SOLAR POWERED PRODUCTION FACILITIES The solar panels on the roof of our productions facilities support the manufacturing process of our yachts with clean energy. In addition, the power harnessed from the sun is also used to recharge our electric company cars.
The same battery banks which make our yachts self-sufficient on the water, are also installed at our manufacturing sites. This enables them to be independent from the grid for certain periods of time. REMOTE SERVICE All vital components of the solar electric drivetrain such as batteries, propulsion and power generation can be serviced remotely via the internet. In contrast to regular combustion drivetrains, this eliminates any emissions otherwise produced during transportation or other logistical processes.