Designed by Silent-Yachts, it is the first dedicated tender design from the electric yachting brand. The Silent Tender 400 lives up to its name by minimising noise and presenting itself in a design consistent with that of much larger electric cats.
Four meters from the transom to the bow, the tender features angular, contemporary lines, a rebated bulwark and a signature black and white finish. Efficiency is entrusted to its carbon fibre lay-up, making sure that the hull weighs no more than 90kg. That means it is lighter to lift out using the hydraulic bathing platform of a SILENT 60, easier for the mother ship to carry and crucially, far more efficient to propel through the water.
“We are very proud to present the new SILENT Tender 400, which is one of the most efficient electric tenders on the market,” said founder and CEO Michael Köhler. “It follows the same design principles as our award-winning electric yachts, with dimensions that enable it to fit both the SILENT 60 series and SILENT 80 series yachts. Moreover, the hull gives passengers a really dry ride, even at speed and in rough seas.”
The SILENT Tender 400, designed to transport six people comfortably, was developed as the ideal tender for the solar-powered SILENT 60 series yachts. However, the same qualities that make it suitable for the role are likely to appeal to people searching for a fun electric runabout or an economical tender for a traditional boat.
The centre console and easy, straightforward controls aim to give an accessible user experience. All you need is a throttle, a leather-padded steering wheel, and a display that shows speed, heading, and depth. Meanwhile, the driver’s seat is flanked by two additional, and there are two bow seats, all of which are equipped with useful hand grips. Boarding is accomplished by a step in the lowered bulwarks amidships.
Owners can select from a variety of inboard and outboard propulsion systems. A 20kW electric waterjet provides inboard power, resulting on extremely minimal draught and simplicity of handling. Depending on the package, the sporty outboard has an input power of 20kW or 30kW. The higher-rated motor can move the boat at speeds of more than 20 knots.
Options are also available regarding battery capacity. The boat may be configured by SILENT-YACHTS for performance reasons to either transport a conventional 16kWh lithium battery or an enhanced 20kWh one for greater range. Expect a minimum of two hours of driving at a 10-knot cruising pace. In about 2.5 hours, quick onboard charging may fully recharge the battery. of 2 hours’ drive time. Fast onboard charging can replenish the battery in just 2.5 hours.
“SILENT-YACHTS is already working on a larger 5.1m electric tender, specifically designed to fit the garage of the SILENT 80 series yachts,” Köhler added. “This has been a repeated request from our owners – and one that we are delighted to respond to.”
(Silent-Yachts launches electric Silent Tender 400 – Barchemagazine.com – November 2022)