This 220-Footer Could Be the World’s First Fuel-Free, All-Electric Superyacht

The marine industry has been slowly moving away from diesel with hybrid propulsion systems, fuel cells, and biofuels, but one Turkish designer wants to ditch fuel completely.

Baran Akalin just unveiled a new concept that he says could be the first “fuel-free superyacht” of its size. Christened Silenzio, the fully electric 220-foot explorer has already attracted a prospective buyer and will be built by a “new Italian brand” if sold.

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Akalin’s eponymous studio, which was established in 2020, collaborated with Reanimer Yacht Works on the new, zero-emission design. The 220-footer pairs a sleek steel displacement hull with a lightweight aluminum superstructure. (A low fighting weight is essential as the heavier the vessel is the more energy is required to push it through the waves.)

The beach club.

Specifics regarding the “pure energy” propulsion system have not yet been shared but it should receive certification by the end of the year, Akalin says. With the ability to produce an “infinite supply of electricity,” the technology removes the need for fuel tanks and the system would “fit quite comfortably” on the 220-footer. Four Torque generators producing 5.2 MW of power will reportedly allow the yacht to cruise sans emissions, with a range of “at least” one circumnavigation and an endurance of four to five months. Powered by two 1,800 kW permanent magnet azimuth thrusters, the yacht has an estimated cruising speed of 14 to 16 knots and a maximum speed of 17 to 19 knots.

“The potential owner wants to see the system working first, so a one-on-one demo is currently being prepared,” Akalin told Robb Report via email. “If the system works completely, the first order will be received.”

The aft decks.

Silenzio is outfitted with six guest cabins for up to 12 guests, an epic owner’s suite with a dressing room, and crew quarters for up to 16 crew. It also features a sprawling main salon, a large galley, a fitness room, a sauna, and an owner’s salon.

The exterior decks offer more amenities still. The flybridge is home to a Jacuzzi, a bar, an alfresco dining table, and a sunbathing area, while the beach club is adorned with another Jacuzzi and folding balconies. In addition, a large garage can hold a tender, submarine, Jet Skis, and other water toys.

Silenzio is part of a new series Akalin Yacht Design is working on with Reanimer Yacht Works. A fuel-free 197-foot catamaran is also in the pipeline. Stay tuned.

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