The Toyota Prius of Yachts?

ISA launches the 143-foot Silver Wind with a fuel-friendly, hybrid propulsion system.

ISA launches 143-foot Silver Wind
Silver Wind is scheduled for delivery in July.Courtesy ISA Yachts

ISA Yachts in Italy has launched the 143-foot Silver Wind, a trideck composite design that has both a traditional and a hybrid propulsion system. The latter was developed by ISA and Siemens. With the two main diesels turned off, she cruises at 8 knots while burning just 23 gallons of fuel per hour for a maximum range of 2,600 nautical miles — with reported noise levels similar to those aboard sailing yachts.

That’s the kind of claim usually reserved for the automotive world with cars like the Toyota Prius. For times when speed trumps fuel efficiency, the regular propulsion system includes a pair of MTU 16V4000 M93L diesel engines and Rolls-Royce Kamewa water jets that generate a maximum speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 26 knots. (And, presumably, a bold “hum” from the engine room.)

Silver Wind has exterior design by Andrea Vallicelli and interior décor by Nuvolari & Lenard. The yacht will accommodate 10 guests in five staterooms. Features include at-anchor stabilizers and a water-level beach club.

Delivery is scheduled in July, and the asking price is $21 million, according to Worth Avenue Yachts, which is the central listing agent. Learn more at

www.isayachts.com or www.worthavenueyachts.com.