21 April 2022
The strong growth of SILENT-YACHTS in recent years has resulted in additional resources, which has allowed the brand to assist other shipyards in creating more eco-friendly vessels.
The first result of such a partnership is a 24-metre, full aluminium hybrid catamaran in collaboration with VisionF Yachts, the SILENT VisionF 82.
In comparison to the SILENT 80, the SILENT VisionF 82 is slightly longer with less of a beam. More space has been dedicated to the foredeck, which has a sunken lounge area. The very comfortable 54-square-metre saloon and en-plein-air dining on the aft deck add to the space.
The aluminium construction grants a new level of flexibility in regards to layout. Various accommodation options in the two hulls are available, but the standard arrangement offers a large master suite of nearly 18 square metres.
There are also three guest cabins each with ensuite and one of which can double as an office.
The extended flybridge is fitted with a large solar array, similar to other SILENT yachts, to provide electrical energy that can be stored in a Lithium-ion battery tank of 160 kWh. This can power all the household appliances on board.
As a result, guests can enjoy a noiseless experience without having to compromise when anchoring in a bay or dock in a marina with zero emissions.
“The SILENT VisionF 82 is a fantastic yacht that will combine the best of both worlds. We are very excited about the first boat due to be finished later this year,” says Michael Köhler, SILENT-YACHTS founder and CEO.
“The aim of our collaboration with VisionF Yachts is to share our expertise and know-how in order to support other manufacturers. Tesla did something similar by opening up their patents and making the technology available to everyone.
“Similarly, we are very keen to share information about our propulsion systems to help guide the yachting industry towards a more sustainable future.”
The new addition SILENT VisionF 82 will be equipped with a parallel hybrid drivetrain, with a fully electric version also available. The parallel hybrid system offers three driving modes: electric, hybrid and power, as a normal option you may find on a hybrid car.
In hybrid mode, the system will automatically select the electric motor, the diesel engine or both, depending on factors such as speed and battery state. In power mode, both the diesel engine and electric motor will be engaged to boost acceleration and speed.
For clients not ready to go full electric, the system provides the perfect compromise: sustainable, electric power at low speeds or at anchor, but faster transits under conventional power.