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Solar Powered Silent 55 Yacht: Cruise The World

by: Sharai Hoekema
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Humans have always been drawn to the water on our planet. To the lakes, the rivers, the seas all around us. Not surprising, considering how vital this liquid substance is to our daily lives. Yet, at times, it may be a bit much. Just think about those individuals who are so fond of boating and sailing that they embark on all kinds of wild oceanic adventures. 

Solar Powered Silent 55 Yacht: Cruise The World

From crossing the Pacific and Atlantic to sailing around the world, there seems to be an undeniable appeal to exploring the best our earth has to offer from the water.

The richest-of-the-rich has added an extra layer to this with their expensive yachting hobbies. Huge ships that are best described as floating palaces grace the gorgeous seas and coasts, entertaining guests and cruising coastal hot-spots.

Cruise The World: The Ecological Price Of Yachting

These expensive hobbies do, however, carry a higher price tag than merely the one attached to its hull upon purchase. Large boats are notorious polluters that use up scarce resources and fuels in its operation and frequently leave a trail of waste and pollution in its wake. The use of renewable energy for boating is still in its infancy.

This is precisely why we are so excited to discover initiatives that are dedicated to making ocean-travel more sustainable, while not taking away the luxury and pleasure it brings along. Take the Silent 55, a solar-powered yacht that can cruise for weeks at a time on solar energy alone.

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Silent 55 solar Yacht interior

Ok, let’s nuance the previous statement a bit. It is not like you can keep on going continuously for weeks at a time at top speed, using nothing but renewable energy. According to its manufacturer, the Silent 55 can cruise for up to 160 km per day. The energy needs are directly derived from its 30 high-efficiency photovoltaic solar panels. These panels deliver peaks around 10 kilowatts into an inverter and charge the battery. 


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                                           Solar Powered Silent 55 Yacht Allows You To Cruise The World

 

Unfortunately, the manufacturer has not revealed any specifications about the capacity or size of this battery. The critical solar energy connoisseur will recognize that the numbers mentioned above are not exactly spectacular. The amount of solar energy generated seems low, especially when offsetting it to the options the manufacturer provides for engine power: respectively, at 2x135 kW (E-Power configuration) and 2x 30 kW (cruiser configuration). 

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Solar Powered Silent 55 Yacht: Frugality Is Key To Saving The Planet 

Founder Michael Köhler does, however, insist that this is sufficient to cruise at a ‘normal’ speed for hours at a time, although he recommends a reduced speed in the evenings and at night. To reach optimum efficiency, it seems essential to cut back your use of other onboard appliances that require energy and go easy on the throttles. 

solar 55 yacht interior

If you are afraid that you will quite literally end up dead in the water, several add-ons are available that may offer some much-needed support. For those who are not entirely opposed to coughing out some extra CO2 in the atmosphere, a diesel generator can be added that will provide some 100 kW. 

For those who prefer the natural approach and insist on renewable energy sources only, the inclusion of a mast and sails is the way to go. A particularly intriguing option is the ‘skysail,’ which is a large kite that will be let up in the air to an altitude of 150 meters. This way, it can take advantage of the high-altitude winds while its shadow does not interfere with the solar panels’ capacity to soak up direct sunlight.

Solar Powered Silent 55 Yacht Allows You To Cruise The World: Comfortable And Customisable Living On-Board

While the concept of powering the yacht by solar panels is promising, the inventors were more concerned with the technology than with its design. While the top deck is completely taken over by the solar panels, you have ample space to relax on the main deck. Inside, you can enjoy some 40 square meters of living space and a variety of options for sleeping quarters (up to 3 bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom).

For some €1.4 million, this eco-friendly yacht can be yours. Quite a steal, considering the lower costs of fuel and maintenance. However, the interior might not be for you if you are used to ‘regular’ yachts with over-the-top-bling and accessories. For those of you, we recommend looking into the larger versions (19,5 meters and 24 meters, respectively) that Silent Yachts is working on. Gives you just that little extra space for a grand kitchen or media room.

Before you go!

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Cleeren Gilbert - 21 WEEKS AGO
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Is het mogelijk een silent 55 te huren met stuurman voor ongeveer een week, graag meer inlichtingen;
ik woon in belgie (limburg),U kunt mij berijken via mail of per tel, op nr 0032/ 0496608402
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Dear L.S.,

Thanks for your reply & question. WhatsOrb only publishes articles about sustainability news, innovations and critical articles.

Please contact: https://www.silent-yachts.com/silent55/, for further details.
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