FOUNDERS

The Köhlers are the founders of SILENT-YACHTS, and creator of the first and only ocean-going production yachts in the world which are fully solar sustainable and powered by solar energy.

Upon completing his University studies, Mr. Köhler practiced law for several years prior to transitioning to another profession and following his life-long interest in the marine industry. He immediately began his research to optimize the energy system on conventionally equipped yachts from a propane-based galley to fully electric and from ICE to an electric propulsion system.

Convinced that there had to be a better way to address a yacht´s energy supply and propulsion process, Michael and his wife, Heike Köhler, embarked on a four year program to test, analyze and review alternate sources of power, with emphasis on self-sufficient power supply and electric propulsion. For that purpose they equipped a testing vessel in 2005, cruised the Med and the Caribbean and even crossed the Atlantic Ocean to validate their findings.

In 2009, the Köhler’s developed the “Solarwave 46”, widely acknowledged as the first ocean-going yacht to power propulsion and all appliances exclusively by solar energy. They tested this unique yacht for another 4 years in all conditions and even cruised 12.000 NM powered purely by the sun – no generator, no shorepower.

During the last decade, Mr. and Mrs. Köhler has given 150 lectures the world over on energy supply and propulsion on yachts, in addition to publishing a book on the subject, titled “Energy Supply on Yachts”.

Based on this unique expertise, he has developed five solar-electric yacht models: Solarwave 46, SILENT 55, SILENT 60, SILENT 64 and SILENT 80. Since 2012, the founders and SILENT-YACHTS have received numerous awards for the innovation and commercial development of his concept, as well as global recognition for improving ocean health.

More than 1.000 articles and reports have appeared in worldwide publications and print media about Solarwave- and SILENT-YACHTS, and Mr. Köhler has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television shows discussing his revolutionary technology, many reports were broadcasted on international television about his Solarwave- and SILENT-YACHTS. He is universally recognized as perhaps the world´s leading authority on the application of solar technology to the yachting industry.

MICHAEL KÖHLER LL.M.

Founder & CEO

•Has spent nearly half of his life on boats and has cruised more than 75.000 miles since 1982.
•Owner of several international skipper licenses.
•After several years of testing he developed
After several years of testing he developed the Solarwave 46 (2009), SILENT-Solarwave 64 (2015), SILENT 55 (2016), SILENT 75 (2017), SILENT 79/80 (2018), SILENT 80 3-Deck and SILENT 60 (2019).

HEIKE KÖHLER

Co-Founder & Interior Designer

•Covered more than 20.000 miles as a skipper.
•Owner of several skipper licenses.
•Since 2006 involved in the development of
Involved in and supported the development of the Solarwave 46 (2009), SILENT-Solarwave 64 (2015), SILENT 55 (2016), SILENT 75 (2017), SILENT 79/80 (2018), SILENT 80 3-Deck and SILENT 60 (2019).

PETER HOI

CFO & Executive Assistant

•More than 10 years of experience as charter sales director in aviation and business jet management.
•Fair agent and head of sales for motor yachts.
•Passionate about sales and customer service within the nautical and aviation industry.

WERNER PUNTSCHART

Head of Sales & Marketing

•“If you want to build a ship, don’t tell men, to get wood, don’t assign them tasks, and don’t divide work to them, but teach them to long for the vast, endless sea!” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry).
•More than 25 years of experience in sales & top management roles.
•Passionate about boats, the sea and the environment.
•Skilled skipper living his dream.

JÖRG SCHAAF

Sales & Project Manager

•Designed and build powerboats for Schaaf Boats.
•R&D and project management for Solarimpact Yacht.
•More than 10 years of experience in shipbuilding and design.
•Passionate about sales and customer service regarding yachts.

DIPL. ING. FRANK HOPPE

Purchasing Manager & Project Engineer

•Passionate about the sea while always focusing on the goal.
•6 years of experience and know-how in regards to the implementation of ambitious customer wishes for yachts.
•Chief designer for the new development of 2 projects in the maritime luxury segment.
•Boating since he was 5 years old, first boating license with 16 yearsGuiding principle: Redefine the limits of what is possible.

FRANZ BÖSE, MBA

Marketing & Sales Executive

•Master of Business Administration (MBA).
•Owner of a RYA motorboat license.
•Experienced with renewable energies such as wind farm projects.
•Former Tesla employee emphasising energy products.

LIONEL JOHAM MSc.

Marketing & Branding Executive

•Cosmopolitan globetrotter.
•Lived, studied and worked in 6 countries across 3 continents.
•Backpacked the world for one year.
•Strives towards a clean and sustainable future with pure ocean waters.

ANDREA CANNONE

Backoffice Assistant

•Trained office clerk with many years of experience in a law firm.
•Helps our pioneers with all administrative and organizational tasks.
•Has a sharp eye for the essentials.
•Mother of 2 sons.

PHILIPP LEHR

Technical Operations Engineer

•Previous experience in the automotive industry
•Skilled with e-mobility systems, IT and system automation.
•Boating since he was 5 years old.
•Received his first boating license at the age of 16.

DIPL. ING. MIKE WANDLER

Technical Controller

•Master degree in engineering.
•Has sailed over 85.000 NM since 1988 as a professional captain.
•MCA 3000 T Master Licence.
•Project manager for “Wally B”.
•Service manager at “Cyrus Yachts” Antalya.

UFUK TÜRKES

Captain

•Covered more than 20.000 miles as a captain on several motoryachts between 22m and 50m
•Controlling experience regarding superyacht construction projects.
•500 tons Commercial Master License.
•Since 2016 Captain of a Silent 64.

EDWARD R. SACKS

US Distributor

•Lengthy career of operating, acquiring and developing companies within a diverse cross-section of industries.
•Has been described as “Renaissance man – the consummate American businessman and yachtsman” by an international yachting publication.”

KLAUS OBERMEYER JR.

Brand Ambassador

•Emmy Award winning director, explorer & converservationist.
•Passionate about sustainability and the support of oceanic conservation.
•His love of sustainable transport led him to identify SILENT-YACHTS as the clear industry leader and made him immediately embrace and support our vision.

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