SILENT show-stoppers

The SILENT 60 will be on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival alongside the first ever SILENT tender, the ST400.

26 July 2022


SILENT-YACHTS is gearing up for the autumn boat shows with no fewer than two debuts scheduled for the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.

The first SILENT 60 fitted with a kite wing will be on display in Cannes for the very first time. The light, easy-to-use compact kite wing generates up to ten times more power per square metre than a conventional sail.

Launched from a fold-away mast structure on the foredeck, the kite wing offers three major advantages, the first being extra propulsion.

The kite can pull the 30-tonne SILENT 60 with a speed of four to five knots. Furthermore, it reduces the consumption of the e-motors, thus extending the range.

The second advantage is redundancy. If a fishing line gets entangled in the propellers, for example, the kite can serve as reserve propulsion that enables the boat to get to a protected place where the rope can be cut and the prop set free.

Last but definitely not least, fun and joy. It’s exciting to see the kite high up in the air, pulling the boat with just the power of the wind.


The kite wing backs up the SILENT 60’s already impressive green credentials. The solar powered catamaran carries 42 solar panels for 17 kWp of solar energy to drive two electric motors of up to 2×340 kw.

With a battery capacity of up to 286 kWh, the yacht can cruise efficiently with zero emissions on solar power for up to 100 nautical miles a day for weeks.

Featuring a new, high-performance hull form with a longer waterline and reverse bow, the yacht has a cruising speed of six to eight knots but can reach up to 20 knots.

Guest accommodation comprises four guest cabins on the lower deck, including a spacious master suite, but other layout solutions are available.

There are numerous social areas on board, including an airy main saloon, aft cockpit, flybridge and cosy bow area. The yacht also has high headroom throughout (up to 2.32 metres in the main saloon).

The first SILENT tender will also be on display in Cannes. The ST400 model, the first in the range, is four metres in length and its clean-cut lines are built of carbon fibre.

It can be lifted out of the water and stored on the hydraulic stern platform of the SILENT 60 and then be recharged with clean solar energy produced by the yacht.

It is available with two different electric drivetrains. Option one is an electric jet drive.

Alternatively, it can be equipped with a conventional electric outboard engine with up to 30 kW. Both systems enable a top speed of above 20 knots. A larger SILENT Tender is already being planned.

“I’m immensely proud of what SILENT-YACHTS has achieved over the years and the first SILENT Tender 400 is just the latest innovation in our sustainability journey,” said SILENT-YACHTS founder and CEO Michael Köhler.

“After starting with research into solar yacht technology, we have evolved and expanded both our product lines and production space. But we remain true to our roots of harnessing new technology and clean energy to promote sustainability.”

The Cannes Yachting Festival will run from 6 to 11 September 2022.



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