SILENT 55 Makes World Debut
The SILENT 55 is a production cruising catamaran powered by solar energy. The yacht uses silent electric propulsion for unlimited range, with no noise or fumes and minimal vibration, and is self-sufficient as well as virtually maintenance-free.
SILENT-YACHTS was founded by Heike and Michael Köhler, who have spent 5,000 days aboard cruising more than 75,000 miles all around the world. They launched the SOLARWAVE 46, the first fully self-sufficient blue-water catamaran in 2009 after years of testing solar-powered propulsion.
SILENTYACHTS features four models: the new SILENT 55, the SILENT 64, the SILENT 55 VIP Ferry, and the SILENT 79, revealed in August 2018.
Available in up to five power configurations to suit a variety of cruising applications, the SILENT 55 can be equipped as a “Cruiser” version, with a pair of 30 kW motors or as an “E-Power” version with 2 x 250 kWmotors. A “Hybrid Power” version has 2 x 220 hp diesel engines and two 14 kW electric motors. The “Sailor” version can be equipped with all the previously mentioned drivetrain configurations is rigged with a mast and sails to provide additional propulsion in fair winds.
With 30 high-efficiency solar panels rated for approximately 9 kilowatt-peak, the SILENT 55 uses maximum power point tracking (MPPT) solar charge regulators and lithium batteries, which provide capacity for all-night cruising, while a 15-kVA inverter provides power for all household appliances. The systems require hardly any maintenance . . .
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