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Silent Yachts New 80ft Solar Power Catamaran Designed For Sustainable Yachting

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Silent Yachts is focusing on sustainable yachting and has already received three orders for the new 80ft Tri-Deck Solar Electric Catamaran, with an even larger model currently in the works.
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran with "open top" option. Credit: Silent Yachts
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran with “open top” option. Credit: Silent Yachts

Austrian-based Silent Yachts is focused on sustainable yachting and with three new orders for the solar powered 80 ft Tri-Deck Catamaran, are glad to see increased interest in a greener future for yachting.

“We are happy that the interest to fully sustainable yachting keeps growing,” said Michael Köhler, founder and CEO of SILENT-YACHTS. “Our latest orders are another confirmation of this trend for a much greener future. The first SILENT 80 Tri-Deck closed version will have a master cabin in the top deck, but a lounge or studio could possibly also be placed here on future units.”

Silent 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran with "closed top" option. Credit: Silent Yachts
Silent 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran with “closed top” option. Credit: Silent Yachts

Referred to as the “Tesla of the Seas,” the SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran is a self-sufficient ocean-going solar electric catamaran that utilizes silent electric propulsion for unlimited range without noise or fumes.

Powered by solar panels located on the deck roof. Credit: Silent Yachts
Powered by solar panels located on the deck roof. Credit: Silent Yachts

The three-deck catamaran is capable of speeds up to 20 knots with the most powerful e-motor options and can travel up to 100 nautical miles a day at cruising speed without consuming any fuel. It also incorporates lightweight and recyclable materials to support the green and eco-friendly nature of the build.

SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran Main Saloon. Credit: Silent Yachts
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran Main Saloon. Credit: Silent Yachts

Without the need for a standard engine room (as it’s solar-powered, it is fitted with a pair of electric engines) and has one of the largest garages for a catamaran its size and can fit a 17ft meter tender.

The SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran price begins at 5.51 million euros, and a larger model is currently in design and will be revealed later this year by Silent Yachts.

Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Saloon
Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Saloon 1
Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Galley
Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Owner Cabin
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran Owner Cabin. Credit: Silent Yachts
Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Master Cabin
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran Master Cabin. Credit: Silent Yachts

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Harrison Eisgaard Reveals New 417ft Expedition Yacht Concept

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UK design studio Harrison Eidsgaard has revealed their latest expedition yacht concept – the 417ft “Rex” designed for a client wanting “something different”.
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“Rex” expedition yacht designed by Harrison Eidsgaard. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

UK design studio Harrison Eidsgaard has unveiled their latest design known as “Rex” – a 417ft expedition yacht named for the Latin word for “King” and created specifically for a client looking for “something different.”

Designed with a streamlined white and grey exterior, the sporty expedition yacht concept boasts four terraces with a 46ft pool on the main deck that can be enclosed with glass to create an indoor pool in cold climates, an oversized cinema, a two-story gym, and an Airbus A160 helicopter hangar that converts into a squash court when not in use.

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Pool on the main deck can be enclosed with glass for colder climates. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

Accommodation for 22 guests consists of a master suite and ten guest suites each with their own terrace and direct access to the forward and aft atrium staircases while features like the submerged “Neptune” lounge offers guests an underwater view of their surroundings from below and a “Panorama” observation lounge on the top deck offering 360-degree views from above.

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One of the two helicopter hangars on the Rex expedition yacht. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

The Rex Expedition yacht is also designed with a full-beam garage with room for a 49-foot expedition vessel, two 30-foot tenders, and a large crane to assist with moving the toys in and out of the water.

Regarding performance, Harrison Eidsgaard has utilized a significant hull chine and sharp bow design for improved fuel efficiency and a hybrid propulsion package that could be converted to a hydrogen system in the future for zero-emissions cruising.

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Neptune lounge with underwater viewing. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

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Alia Yachts Launches 180ft Al Waab II Superyacht

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Alia Yachts has launched the 180ft Al Waab II superyacht at its shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, ahead of its final delivery in September.
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Alia Yachts built Al Waab II being transported for launch. Credit: Alia Yachts

Alia Yachts has launched the 180ft Al Waab II superyacht at its shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, ahead of its final delivery in September which coincides with the Monaco Yacht Show later this year.

After two years in construction amongst the ongoing pandemic, the production schedule was surprisingly only delayed by two weeks, with Alia Yachts President Gökhan Çelik noting, “the last two years have been difficult, but we took a lot of health and safety measures, and, to offset delays experienced by our European suppliers, we worked around the problem and found ways to recreate lost time.

Launched at Alia Yacht's shipyard in Antalya, Turkey. Credit: Ali Yachts
Launched at Alia Yacht’s shipyard in Antalya, Turkey. Credit: Ali Yachts

“The fact we’ve done it in just over two years despite everything is a credit to the determination of the men and women who work here.”

Designed by Dutch design studio Vripack, Al Waab II accommodates up to 12 guests and features a modern design with a neutral color palette across the five staterooms and the master suite split across the upper and main decks.

Designed by Dutch design firm Vripack. Credit: Alia Yachts
Designed by Dutch design firm Vripack. Credit: Alia Yachts

“For many owners, the concept of enjoying a ‘home at sea’ is what drives their passion for yachting,” says Bart Bouwhuis, Co-creative Director at Vripack. “The owner of Al Waab II had the explicit desire to use his boat as a family apartment. That desire became the founding principle of the entire design. The result is the very essence of living on the water.”

Early render of the Alia Yachts built Al Waab II. Credit: Alia Yachts
Early render of the Alia Yachts built Al Waab II. Credit: Alia Yachts

“We’re very proud of Al Waab II,” says Alia President, Gökhan Çelik, adding, “Yachts are getting longer and wider, but owners still want to stay below the 500 GT mark. We’ve seen increasing interest in this kind of yacht and so to be one of the first with such an impressive project is an important milestone for Alia.”

The Al Waab II will now undergo sea trials and final outfitting ahead of delivery to her owner.

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Heesen’s Project Altea Launches As MY ELA

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Heesen Yachts 164ft Project Altea has officially been launched as MY ELA and is on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer.

Heesen Yachts 164ft MY ELA (formerly known as Project Altea) has officially launched in the Netherlands and is currently on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer.

Purchased only three months before delivery, the lightweight, aluminum fast-displacement hull built on Heesen’s sub-500GT Nova Plus engineering platform and interiors had already been completed when she caught the eye of the new owners.

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MY ELA on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer. Credit: Heesen

Featuring large floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious light-filled living areas designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and warm and inviting interior designed by Italian interior designer Cristiano Gatto, all that remained for the new owners of MY ELA was to customize the final details to make it their own.

With only three months from the purchase date until delivery, Cristiano Gatto worked alongside the team at Heesen to fully customize the interiors in time for delivery.

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Original interior concept of Project Altea/MY ELA. Credit: Heesen

“Together with the client, we revisited all the loose furniture, inside and out, selecting new materials for all the upholstery and the key items from Paola Lenti, B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau, and Promemoria,” said Cristiano. “But more importantly, we designed bespoke pieces, such as tables, sofas, and lamps, all beautifully crafted by Italian ateliers, who delivered them in record time.”

Built to accommodate twelve guests in six staterooms, MY ELA is not only luxurious inside but is an elegant fast-displacement design that allows shipyards to stay below the 500GT limit to avoid the additional certification required of larger superyachts.

Heesen Project Altea YN19550 Superyacht Skylounge by Cristano Gatto Design
Interior Skylounge concept by Cristiano Gatto. Credit: Heesen

Powered by two powerful MTU 12V 2000 diesel engines for a maximum speed of 19 knots, MY ELA is also the first Heesen to feature a peak-shaving battery system that offers a seamless storage of energy by allowing excess generator power to be stored when the yacht’s load fluctuates and used during peak periods when power demand exceeds generator output.

While primarily intended for family use, MY ELA will also be available for charter with Zarpo Yachts for select clients.

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Render of Heesen’s 164ft fast-displacement hull Project Altea. Credit: Heesen

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