It’s an 18-meter-long (59 ft) catamaran powered by two 50 kW electric motors in cruise mode. For additional power, it can switch between another two options: e-power and e-power+. The most powerful propulsion mode combines 340 kW motors with a 286 kW lithium battery bank, being able to reach from the 6-8 knots cruising speed to a top 20 knots maximum speed.
Designed with 42 solar panels, it’s even greener than its older sibling, being able to ensure a 17 kWp solar power regeneration. Perhaps its most outstanding feature is the kite wing that, according to Silent, does not require a big mast as conventional yachts do.
When not used, the entire kite system can be stored in a dedicated compartment under the front deck. Plus, this fully automatic kite produces up to ten times the power per square meter of a conventional sail. That’s enough juice for a transoceanic range.
In addition to the kite-sail system, the Silent 60 sports an optional hydraulic platform that allows the possibility to upgrade the tender from 3.8 m to 4.2 m in length (12.46 to 13.77 ft). The yacht is equipped with a storage unit under the bridge deck that can accommodate a tender or a small sailboat and several kayaks. In terms of interior distribution, the yacht has a flexible layout, as it can be equipped with up to five cabins which include the main saloon and four guest cabins.
According to Robb Report, this is the first unit of the eight Silent 60 hulls currently under construction. To date, the company has already received 17 orders for the solar-powered catamaran.