Silent Yachts offers some of the most impressive electric innovations on the water, especially its solarized battery-powered catamarans that glide with kite assistance and moor in floating villas. Realizing that buyers spending seven figures on an all-electric yacht would undoubtedly prefer a clean, quiet all-electric tender to go with it, the company introduces the all-new Silenter Tender 400. The small electric tender can carry up to six people. between land and yacht or glide in near-silent, emission-free style like a runabout with over two hours of battery life per charge.
The 13.1ft (12m) Tender 400 is Silent’s first dedicated tender, and it’s built to the same exacting standards the boatbuilder uses on its full-fledged double-hull yachts that span 120 foot (36 m) lengths. In the case of the 400, that means a carbon fiber hull designed to save as much weight as possible for efficient, range-extended cruising, both alone and while being carried by the mothership.
Silent developed the Tender 400 specifically with its 60 ft (18 m) in mind, stating that the tender’s 198 lb (90 kg) hull weight makes it light enough to be easily picked up by the rig of hydraulic bath from the 60s. The sporty hull of the 400 also borrows from the 60 yacht in terms of styling, deriving its angular lines, reduced bulwark and black and white finish from the larger vessel.
In terms of power, the Tender 400 comes with the buyer’s choice of a 20kW electric waterjet or a sportier electric outboard in powers of 20-30kW. The 30kW outboard can facilitate speeds in excess of 20 knots (37 km/h) for a fast and sporty drive that is sure to delight passengers whether they are heading to a real yacht or simply enjoying some water.
The engine is powered by a standard 16kWh lithium battery which can be upgraded up to 20kWh, and Silent Yachts promises a minimum range of two hours at a cruising speed of 10 knots (19 km/h). It says the on-board fast-charging hardware will provide a full recharge in 2.5 hours.
The Tender 400 looks quite small in the photos, but is designed to carry up to six people in total. It features a center console layout with three seats in the cockpit, two forward seats and amidships loading steps in the lowered bulwark. The helm is a simple affair with a leather-padded wheel, throttle, and digital readout showing speed, heading, and depth.
Silent announced the new tender on Tuesday but did not include pricing information. We have contacted you with a price request and will update when we get back to you. The company says the Tender 400 is ideal for the Silent 80 as well as the 6 and of course can also be paired with third party yachts. Those looking for a larger e-tender will want to wait for the 16.7ft (5.1m) model that Silent currently has in development.
Source: silent yachts