Silent-Yachts plans on making a different kind of noise at the Cannes Yachting Festival this year.
Silent-Yachts is introducing the new Silent 60 at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival, a solar electric catamaran fitted with a kite wing, which according to Silent-Yachts is capable of generating up to 10 times more power per square meter than a conventional sail. The kite wing is compact, and is launched from a fold-away mast on the foredeck, offering the vessel propulsion of 4-5 knots, reducing the burden of the electric motors, a reserve mobility method in case of emergencies, and the simple excitement of seeing the kite pull the boat with the power of the wind.
Other than the kite, the catamaran is powered by 42 solar panels, with which the yacht is able to cruise with zero emissions for up to 100 nautical miles a day for weeks. The cruising speed of the yacht is 6-8 yachts, but it’s capable of traveling at up to 20. Four guest cabins ana a spacious master suite comprise the accommodations in the lower deck, but other layouts are available. Social areas on board include the main salon, aft cockpit, flybridge, and the bow area. Along with the Silent 60, Silent-Yachts will display its first Tender at Cannes, as well, the Silent ST400. At 13 feet, the ST400 is made of carbon fiber, and it can be lifted out of the water and stored on the hydraulic stern platform on the Silent 60 and recharged with the solar energy the Silent yacht produces. With available electric jet drive or a conventional electric outboard engine, the ST400 is capable of 20 knots with either system. Silent has also announced plans for a larger tender, as the Silent 60 and Silent ST400 make waves at the Cannes Yachting Festival.