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Exciting New 100M Trimaran Concept with landing deck for a plane by Winch Design

January 14, 2016

Written by zuzana

The multi-award winning London-based studio, Winch Design, has unveiled the exciting new 100m (328’) trimaran concept. The impressive 21-metre beam of this unique superyacht provides the landing deck for the Agusta Westland 609, and especially enough volume to also allow for a hangar to store this aircraft.

100m Trimaran concept by Winch Design - Profile

100m Trimaran concept by Winch Design – Profile

The AW609 Tiltrotor revolutionises flying. It uniquely combines the attributes of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. The speed, the range and ‘above the weather’ capability of a fixed wing turboprop is coupled with the take-off and landing versatility of a helicopter. In addition, the plane has a pressurised cabin and is twice the speed and range of a typical chopper.

100m Trimaran concept - aft view

100m Trimaran concept – aft view

The striking 100m trimaran concept also provides excellent performance and is very efficient. The estimated speed of this striking yacht is expected to be 26 – 28 knots, using standard diesel engines that would not achieve these speeds on a monohull vessel of this size. Moreover, the vessel hosts large tender garages and interior spaces.

More charter yachts with design by Andrew Winch Designs (now Winch Designs).

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A pair of unique trimaran expedition yachts unveiled by Nigel Irens Design

January 14, 2016

Written by zuzana

Nigel Irens Design is thrilled to unveil a pair of the breath-taking new trimaran expedition yachts, designated the ORIGIN 575 and XPLORE 70. Boasting an exciting new style and offering the ultimate experience for the adventurous owner, these unique explorer concepts, with their very impressive, but in essence, simple technology allow rapid ocean passage to remote destinations at reduced operating costs.

ORIGIN 575 design

ORIGIN 575 design

Developed in partnership with CMN shipyard and French designer Christophe Chedal-Anglay, this amazing fusion of design and naval architecture follows the successful launch and sea-trialing of the three OCEAN EAGLE (OE43) series power trimarans.

ORIGIN 575 - Deck Exterior

ORIGIN 575 – Deck Exterior

Nigel Irens comments: “Having applied what we had learned through the development of offshore racing trimarans to their motor-driven equivalents some 25 years ago it’s exciting to see how successfully that technology has now been passed on to the three OCEAN EAGLE 43 Patrol Vessels produced by CMN. I have had the pleasure of travelling many thousands of miles in powered trimarans and am passionate about sharing that experience with owners who want to be part of this exciting development.”

ORIGIN 575 - Lounge

ORIGIN 575 – Lounge

With a firm emphasis on comfort, speed and ocean crossing capability, the new trimaran configuration is notably more efficient than a conventional monohull at a given speed, leading to improvements in both fuel consumption and range, as well as an amazing level of comfort – even in moderate to rough sea conditions. The vessels can easily reach an impressive maximum speed of 28 knots and have a range of between 4,000 and 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots.

XPLORE 70 design

XPLORE 70 design

These true ‘travelling machines’ mix up explorer facilities with superb, understated interior and exterior spaces. This unique capacity to cross oceans at speed and in comfort combines the pleasure of the voyage itself with the excitement of reaching new destinations in such a way that they blend into a single seamless experience.

XPLORE 70 design - front view

XPLORE 70 design – front view

The interior arrangement of the 57,5m ORIGIN 575 design can be customized to meet owner’s needs and requirements. Accommodation is provided to up to 10 guests and 8 crew. In addition, there is deck space for a mini-submarine and a 4,5m tender, while the stern garage can comfortably store a 6m tender and personal watercraft.

XPLORE 70 design - aft view

XPLORE 70 design – aft view

Measuring 70 meters in length, the XPLORE 70 design naturally offers a larger platform with enhanced capabilities, additional space and further range. There is a helicopter deck, as well as space for larger tenders and a mini sub. The additional deck space can host containerised units ideal for rapid role enhancement whether it is a research laboratory, aquarium or a dive-centre.

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New 282’ Trimaran Mega Yacht KOMOREBI concept unveiled by VPLP at MYS

September 25, 2015

Written by zuzana

The currently running Monaco Yacht Show saw the French design studio, VPLP, unveil their latest 282-foot trimaran mega yacht KOMOREBI, a Japanese concept representing the time when nature is enhanced by the sun’s rays. Superyacht KOMOREBI is an efficient and highly stable vessel, capable of crossing oceans, but agile and shallow-drafted enough to enter small places.

New 282' trimaran mega yacht KOMOREBI concept by VPLP

New 282′ trimaran mega yacht KOMOREBI concept by VPLP

The fully automated wings of luxury yacht KOMOREBI concept are powerful enough to drive her at 15 knots with 20 knots of wind with no engine on and save at least 30% of fuel on hybrid mode in a crossing.

Superyacht KOMOREBI concept - aft view

Superyacht KOMOREBI concept – aft view

Luxury yacht KOMOREBI concept - Exterior

Luxury yacht KOMOREBI concept – Exterior

KOMOREBI yacht concept boasts an elegantly muted styling and ultra-open layout, providing fantastic views and plenty of private areas throughout the vessel. This Hybrid trimaran is the perfect answer to comfort at sea, space, stability, low running costs as well as a big step towards a clean wake.

Luxury yacht KOMOREBI concept underway

Luxury yacht KOMOREBI concept underway

Mega yacht KOMOREBI concept

Mega yacht KOMOREBI concept

Openness inside the vessel as well as out is reflected in the design of KOMOREBI superyacht, flooded with natural light. Each particular area of the vessel is designed to suite a special moment of the day, offering privacy, as well as conviviality for everyone on board. Moreover, there is a wonderful selection of large tenders, submarine, sailing boats, and much more on offer.

Super yacht KOMOREBI concept - Interior

Super yacht KOMOREBI concept – Interior

As stated by VPLP: “We believe designed elegance is not only a question of style, balance of proportions and harmony of lines it is also related to coherence and cleverness. Don’t we use the word “elegant” for a smart solution to a problem? Despite her length we want KOMOREBI not to appear dominant and overwhelming – we want a sweet giant who we can all love.”

Take a look at the striking and impressive 282′ Hybrid Trimaran KOMOREBI concept in the beautiful video below, released by VPLP Design:

More charter yachts with design by Vplp can be found here.

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New Luxury Trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 launched by PI Super Yachts

July 07, 2015

Written by zuzana

PI Super Yachts has proudly launched the new luxury trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25, boasting a highly innovative charging autosail technology, ensuring near silent eco-friendly running. Measuring 25 meters in length, luxury yacht DRAGONSHIP 25 belongs to a new range of sailing trimarans, destined for the luxury end of the yachting market. The flagship of the fleet is the 80m mega yacht DRAGONSHIP 80, unveiled in 2014.

New 25m luxury trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 by PI Super Yachts

New 25m luxury trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 by PI Super Yachts

Superyacht DRAGONSHIP 25 offers a total of 291sqm of sumptuous luxury living space and incorporates the very latest technology. She is designed to easily sleep up to 10 guests and four crew members for extended cruising. The master stateroom can be found in the main hull with fixed portlights in the transom.  Four ensuite guest staterooms are positioned on the main deck, while the twin crew cabins are situated in the amas. There are also vast dining and lounge areas at the aft cockpit, as well as salon and flybridge which has port and starboard helm stations. An extended deck hosts a 5,2m tender and hydraulic crane. Each ama houses a lazarette with fold-down swim platform aft, storing a wonderful selection of water toys.

Luxury sailing trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 from above

Luxury sailing trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 from above

“At PI Super Yachts, we pride ourselves in providing creative solutions to the design, usability and environmental issues that our clients face.” The “Baby-Dragon” as CEO and founder Will O’Hara likes to call the DRAGONSHIP 25 yacht is ‘carbon free’, with electric propulsion and solar PV panels on the coach roof and integrated into the Autosail wingsail. This results in zero carbon fuels, zero emissions and almost silent running on full power, providing owners with a truly ethical sailing experience with zero impact on the environment.

DRAGONSHIP 25 Yacht - aft view

DRAGONSHIP 25 Yacht – aft view

Boasting durable design and top quality materials for environmentally ethical sailing, all of the Dragonship range of vessels incorporate British design, Autosail technology and ecological blue sky thinking mixed up with the company’s ‘blue sea ethos’.

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McConaghy Boats & BMT Group to construct Luxury Trimaran Tri60

February 12, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

McConaghy Boats and BMT Group have announced that the IY&A Awards 2015-nominated luxury trimaran Tri60 will begin its construction. The unique and well-balanced Tri60 trimaran yacht was created with the perfect balance in mind, incorporating style, speed as well as comfort on board; this should be of great benefit to buyers looking for a trimaran that is well suited both for private use as well as luxury yacht charter.

Catamaran Tri60 - Photos Credit - BMT Asia Pacific

Catamaran Tri60 – Photos Credit – BMT Asia Pacific

“BMT worked with McConaghy two years ago on a unique composite project at the same time that the much-celebrated 142-foot Adastra trimaran yacht was being completed. We asked —How can we capture the spirit of this compelling work? How do we create something that is as innovative and exciting, whilst also being accessible to a wider dayboat or weekender market?” says Richard Colwill, Managing Director at BMT Asia Pacific.

TRI 60 Catamaran - Photos Credit - BMT Asia Pacific

TRI 60 Catamaran – Photos Credit – BMT Asia Pacific

With styling help from Henry Ward Design and A Sea Marine, the Tri60 yacht is available in two forms: the open Cabriolet for those who love outdoor activities and the Saloon for anyone looking  for a more enclosed lounging experience. Both styles are built around a traditional trimaran hull and feature a wide beam that is usually found on much larger yachts. The luxury yacht Tri60 has plenty of windows, skylights, and sliding glass doors that offer tons of natural light and help to combine the interior and exterior. The stern garage can fit a 10′ four-person tender, and the pontoons can fit extra deck furniture and water toys, extremely popular with yacht charterers.

Tri60 catamaran - Photos Credit - BMT Asia Pacific

Tri60 catamaran – Photos Credit – BMT Asia Pacific

Article supplied by JustLuxe

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Motor yacht Adastra Feature – by John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs

June 06, 2011

Written by Mike Smith

Motor yacht Adastra is a very interesting superyacht which is designed for ultra efficient long range cruising. The striking 42.5m Trimaran Adastra was designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs and is currently being built in China for a Hong Kong yacht owners Anto and Elaine Marden.

Superyacht Adastra profile in silver a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Superyacht Adastra profile in silver a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Yacht “Adastra” is the result of more than 5 years of design and discussion with the owners, to build a yacht that meets the needs of a very experienced ocean voyaging couple and their family, and to provide the level of comfort and style that would be expected in a yacht of this class and size. No effort has been spared in the challenge to produce a beautiful yacht that will have low fuel consumption and yet provide excellent sea keeping qualities and luxurious accommodation.

Superyacht Adastra a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Superyacht Adastra a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Yacht “Adastra” takes the power trimaran concept further than has ever been attempted before, previous vessels like “Earthrace” and “Cable and Wireless” were stripped out record breaking machines. The challenge of turning this concept into a viable luxury yacht has led us to further research and to develop new thinking on stability and comfort at sea for this type of craft.

Motor yacht Adastra aft in silver a Power Trimaran - as Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Motor yacht Adastra aft in silver a Power Trimaran - as Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Extensive tank testing and radio controlled model tests in waves have been carried out to analyze stability and performance. Outrigger height has been optimized for ease of motion at sea, and a new outrigger shape has been developed to increase stability in waves. We have undertaken a state of the art structural analysis of all the major components in the yacht in order to achieve the light weight required for very low fuel consumption. All this has resulted in the exceptional vessel that is nearing completion in China.

Superyacht Adastra aft a Power Trimaran - as Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Superyacht Adastra aft a Power Trimaran - as Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Adastra’s 16 metre beam creates a spacious saloon area on the main deck which offers superb views through a panoramic window and accommodates a lounge area, dining table, and navigation station. A forward facing door through the saloon window gives easy access to a large sunbed on the foredeck. The aft deck has a sofa and bar area to port and a dining area to starboard, further aft of this there is space for a 4.9 metre tender and directly below is a garage which can store a 3.1 metre tender. The garage door has been designed to fold out and create a large dive platform.

Superyacht Adastra cockpit in silver a Power Trimaran - as Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Superyacht Adastra cockpit in silver a Power Trimaran - as Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Extra space has been created below deck by slightly flaring the central hull just above the waterline. This area has been split into two sections with a full-width master cabin located aft with access from the deck saloon, and two further guest cabins, accommodation for the crew, and the galley located forward of the engine compartment. Adastra offers comfortable accommodation for nine guests and up to six crew members. The main helm station, which has seating for two, is positioned in a raised pilot house situated between the aft deck and the saloon area and forms part of the cross beam structure.

Superyacht Adastra cockpit a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Superyacht Adastra cockpit a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

The Superstructure is carbon fibre with Nomex honeycomb core, the hull is Glass/Kevlar foam sandwich and the interior is light weight oak cabinetry using honeycomb panels. To help reduce weight, virtually every aspect of the boat is custom built. This includes carbon fibre hatches, portlights, ladders and even hinges, which are all built specifically for the vessel.

Superyacht Adastra a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Interior Saloon and dining © Jepsen Designs Hong Kong

Superyacht Adastra a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Interior Saloon and dining © Jepsen Designs Hong Kong

A SiMON_ integrated ships monitoring system monitors fuel, security, pump sensors, electrical, lights, etc. The vessel has a fully automated fuel management system which includes an Alfa Laval system for cleaning the fuel.

Superyacht Adastra under construction in McConaghy yard Zhuhai China

Superyacht Adastra under construction in McConaghy yard Zhuhai China

The anchoring system is unique with 3 anchors all driven by carbon fibre drum winches run by hydraulics. The primary anchor is a custom 130kg Bruce style anchor that deploys out of the starboard wing. The second anchor is 80kg and deploys out of the bow with a carbon fibre arm. The third anchor is 60kg which deploys out of the port wing and will be used as a stern anchor.

Adastra profile a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Adastra profile a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Specification of Motor yacht Adastra:

LOA – 42.5 m
Beam – 16 m
Hull Draft – 1.12 m (1.6m to tip of rudder)
Main engine – 1x Caterpillar C18 -1150 hp @ 2300 rpm
Outrigger engines – 2x Yanmar 110hp @ 3200 rpm
Generators – 2 x 36 kw custom in the outriggers linked to 110 Hp Yanmar engines, and 1x 26 kw Northern lights in Main engine room
Owner and Guests – 9
Crew – 5-6
Tenders – 4.9m stored on the aft deck and a 3.1m stored in the garage
Freshwater Capacity – 2x 800 gph fresh water makers – 2700 litres water
Displacement light – Fully equipped and full stores and crew, no fuel and no water – 49 tonnes
Displacement cruising max – (normal operational load) 15000 litres fuel – 64.8 tonnes
Displacement ocean passage max – (only for occasional long ocean passages) 32000 litres fuel – 77 tonnes
Speed max – 22.5 knots
Range at 17 knots – 4000 miles
Fuel consumption at 13 knots – 90 litres per hour.
Fuel consumption at 17 knots – 120 litres per hour
Exterior Styling – John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd.
Naval Architecture – John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd.
Structural Design – John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd. & Applied Structural Analysis Ltd.
Interior Design – Jepsen Designs, Hong Kong
Builder – McConaghy Boats, Zhuhai, China

Please contact John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd for more:

Springhead
Clay Lane
Cootham
West Sussex RH20 4HL
ENGLAND

Tel +44 (0) 7880 796 862

Email John and Orion Shuttleworth: orionshuttleworth@yahoo.com

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The 80 metre (220 ft) Maricuda Project to win the Hales Trophy, the Blue Riband of the Atlantic gains momentum

April 04, 2011

Written by Chelsea

The Maricuda project to win the Hales Trophy, the Blue Riband of the Atlantic has gained significant momentum recently with its association and assistance from General Electric, Renk, Wartsila and Devonport Yachts. The design process of the Maricuda Atlantic Challenger, the craft that is being designed to cross the Atlantic in under two days is closer to becoming a reality.

The 80 metre (220 ft) Maricuda Project to win the Hales Trophy, the Blue Riband of the Atlantic gains momentum

The 80 metre (220 ft) Maricuda Project to win the Hales Trophy, the Blue Riband of the Atlantic gains momentum

The remarkable 80 metre (220 ft) Maricuda Project ‘superyacht’ that is being developed will enable ocean-going craft to travel thousands of miles without re-fuelling, at almost twice the current acknowledged speeds. The structure and mechanical components are currently undergoing rigorous stress analysis to prove that this new marine engineering technology will work on the day.

The Maricuda team, led by Managing Director David Aitken MSc, recently visited the Devonport Yachts, Pendennis Shipbuilding yard in Falmouth with a BBC cameraman to record the excellent progress this project is making. The Hales Trophy Trustees supplied Maricuda with a detailed image of the Hales Trophy for the occasion and this can be seen both in the new ‘Investors Brochure’ and on the website at www.maricuda.co.uk.

Consider the merits of halving the duration of ocean travel. Air-freight could return to the seas and consequently revive harbours and ports around the world. Passenger ferry operators could travel further or travel the current distance in half the time. International borders can be better protected. Drug enforcement agencies could excel. Offshore energy sites could be swiftly serviced. The military and rescue services could perform with even more remarkable efficiency.

Maricuda has set its sights on introducing this radical new technology as soon as investors and / or sponsors are ‘on board’. To prove the engineering and showcase the new technology, the Maricuda Atlantic Challenger will secure the Hales Trophy. This challenge, the Blue Riband, is the ultimate speed event for man and machine, 3500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in the fastest time ever.

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America’s Cup: Trimaran USA 17 back home in San Francisco

March 01, 2011

Written by Chelsea

The giant America’s Cup-winning trimaran arrived in the Bay today aboard the freighter M.V. Star Isfjord after a 7,900-mile passage from Valencia, Spain, via the Panama Canal. The ship carrying USA 17 trimaran passed underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at 0530 PST and berthed alongside San Francisco’s Pier 80 at 0650.

'0650 PST was the time the America’s Cup winning trimaran USA 17 touched USA soil again. At least that’s when the mooring lines secured the M.V Star Isjford alongside San Francisco’s Pier 80 with USA 17 trimaran onboard

'0650 PST was the time the America’s Cup winning trimaran USA 17 touched USA soil again. At least that’s when the mooring lines secured the M.V Star Isjford alongside San Francisco’s Pier 80 with USA 17 trimaran onboard

The timing of unloading the game-changing 115ft trimaran and its wingsail will be determined by prevailing wind conditions.  Both will be placed in short term storage in ORACLE Racing’s new base on Pier 80. Longer term, there are plans to put the yacht and her impressive 223-foot wingsail on public display.     

The trimaran may not sail again, her place in history assured by two brief, glorious moments in February 2010. USA 17 has only ever contested two races in her life. She won both convincingly to win the oldest trophy in international sport from the Swiss Alinghi team.

In doing so, she propelled the America’s Cup into a new era of fast, exciting wingsailed multihull featuring shorter, simpler-to-understand racing and pioneering television graphics.

“When we stepped off the boat last year it was a really flat feeling that lasted several weeks,” commented skipper James Spithill. “We realized that we might not sail the boat again. There was such a buzz in sailing a machine so big and which pushed so many boundaries. But she was also ‘high-maintenance’ and right now our priority is the future, not the past.”

ORACLE Racing’s focus is on the next Cup. Scheduled for San Francisco in the summer of 2013, it will showcase similar wingsail multihull technology that made USA 17 so exciting.

The team’s new AC45 catamaran, used for the 2011 and 2012 America’s Cup World Series events, is nearing completion, while the design, sailing, engineering and boatbuilding teams are flat-out developing concepts for the team’s bigger AC72 catamaran for the defense of the America’s Cup.

USA 17’s arrival is her first visit to the city that ORACLE Racing calls home. She was launched in Anacortes, Wash., in August 2008. After initial testing there, she was moved to San Diego, Calif., for a further period of training before being shipped to Valencia for the 33rd America’s Cup.

Measuring more than 100 feet long and 90 feet wide and powered by a 20-storey tall wingsail, USA 17 is the fastest yacht to ever win the America’s Cup. It has been in storage in Valencia since winning the Cup on Feb. 14, 2010

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America’s Cup winning trimaran USA 17 bound for San Francisco

January 25, 2011

Written by Chelsea

USA 17 trimaran has only ever competed twice, but she sailed the races of her life to dominate the Swiss defender, Alinghi, off Valencia, Spain, last year and win the 33rd America’s Cup.

America's Cup winning trimaran USA 17 bound for San Francisco - Photo Credit Oracle Racing

America's Cup winning trimaran USA 17 bound for San Francisco - Photo Credit Oracle Racing

The extraordinary carbon-fiber machine is being loaded onto the freighter M.V. Star Isfjord this week for the long delivery trip to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. The freighter carrying both USA 17 and her extraordinary 223ft wingsail is scheduled to leave Valencia on January 29 or 30 for the 7,900-nautical-mile passage to the Bay Area.

The estimated arrival in San Francisco, dependent upon on-time loading, sea conditions en-route and transit time in the Panama Canal, is March 1.

The trimaran’s arrival will mark the first time that USA 17 visits the city that ORACLE Racing calls home. She was launched in Anacortes, WA, in August 2008, and after initial testing there moved to San Diego, CA, for a further period of training before being moved to Valencia for the 33rd Cup Match last February.

Measuring more than 100 feet long and 90 feet wide and powered by a 20-storey tall wingsail, USA 17 is the fastest yacht to ever win the America’s Cup. It has been in storage in Valencia since winning the Cup on Feb. 14, 2010.

With the ORACLE Racing team fully focused on laying the groundwork for its 34th America’s Cup campaign in 2013, the provisional plan is to continue to keep USA 17 in storage after unloading. An announcement about the vessel’s sailing plans will be made later this year.

“The handful of us privileged to sail on USA 17 would love to sail her again in an instant. I dare say all those who never had this chance would like to as well,” said ORACLE Racing skipper James Spithill.

“But the stark reality is that every aspect of the boat, every component, was built right to the limit so that for every hour’s sailing USA 17 required 20 hours of painstaking and rigorous maintenance. For the time being the team’s focus will be on the America’s Cup ahead.”

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The 80 metre (220 ft) Maricuda Global Atlantic Challenger Trimaran

January 01, 2011

Written by Mike Smith

On the Nov 28th, 2010 Maricuda launched a world preview of the Maricuda Atlantic Challenger yacht concept, a large and technologically advanced power boat or ship designed to break ocean speed records and cross the Atlantic in record time. This UK bid win the Hales Trophy, which shared its history with the Blue Riband, and cross the Atlantic ocean setting a new record for speed has a rich and illustrious history.

The Maricuda Challenger Trimaran

The Maricuda Challenger Trimaran

This 80 metre Maricuda trimaran power boat is designed for both commercial and multiple military roles and will be capable of 70 knots while crossing oceans and shrinking the world.

A 220’ wave-piercing trimaran is to be constructed in the UK, that has automated fast-response hydraulic systems and dynamic attitude-sensing controls.

Powered by two gas turbines this exciting all-weather craft will carry a fuel load sufficient to complete the 3000mile trans-Atlantic crossing in under two days.

The MAC hull design has been dubbed, ‘The Concorde of the Seas’…

David Aitken, Managing Director of Maricuda Marine Technology, comments on the Atlantic Speed challenge:

“Maricuda are now poised to embark on what is possibly the most exciting marine event of the decade, to win the Hales Trophy. The concept design has been widely received with interest in all quarters of the marine fraternity, even resolute yachtsmen have expressed their support and wished us success with the project.”

The proposed and unique Atlantic Challenger will be capable of passenger or load-carrying at high speed over long distances without re-fuelling. This vessel is being specifically designed for post-Hales Trophy life and its capability will attract commercial interest from international fast-ferry operators, the military and private operators.

The craft is to be an 80 metre twin gas turbine driven trimaran that will ensure safe, exceedingly fast travel for cargo or passengers, in all-weather conditions across oceans without re-fuelling. 3000 miles in under 2 days.

The Maricuda Atlantic Challenger Power Boat

The Maricuda Atlantic Challenger Power Boat

Devonport Yachts Involvement:

Devonport Yachts situated in the famous UK Pendennis shipyards of Falmouth Harbour will work in conjunction with Maricuda to bring this project to a successful engineering conclusion. Under the guidance of Stephen Hills, MD, it is anticipated that Devonport Yachts will manage the construction and development of the MAC craft, through all stages of the build process.

The Military Version of the Maricuda Wave Piercing Trimaran:

The military version will be offered with multiple variants capable of operating in different roles and theatres worldwide.This extraordinary design, dubbed the ‘Concorde of the Seas’ is awaiting commission and construction. As a private superyacht it fills a remarkable niche as a desirable ocean traveller. In its military role it will provide a much-needed ultra-fast, long distance, multi-purpose response craft. In its commercial capacity it will bring high-speed, safe, long-distance travel in all weather conditions to operators and passengers the world over.

History of the Challenge and the Maricuda Vessel:

In 2004, Maricuda Managing Director, David Aitken produced the concept design for the 170ft twin gas turbine powered trimaran in a bid to compete for the prestigious Blue Riband.

The craft was designed to complete the journey from the Ambrose Light to Bishops Rock in under two and a half days and was also set to win the Hales Trophy by crossing the Atlantic Ocean in the fastest time. The record stands at 2 days and 20 hours. The 2004 attempt was abandoned due to the unexpected loss of a major institutional backer.

The Maricuda Atlantic Challenge

The Maricuda Atlantic Challenge

More About Maricuda Marine:

Maricuda is an exciting new marine design and technology company, based on the UK South coast, with a naval architect-designed portfolio of marine concepts.

Maricuda is currently assembling for the Maricuda Atlantic Challenge (The MAC), a diverse range of sponsors, manufacturers and marine suppliers to create an extremely innovative, design-led vessel.

Attempts to win the coveted Hales Trophy, the Blue Riband of the marine world, have been numerous and the record is currently held by a commercial fast-ferry catamaran with an average speed achieved of 41.28knots. The event is a test of endurance and reliability.

Maricuda excel in both innovative marine technology and bringing designs to reality. With safety as the key to successful acceptance of new technologies, Maricuda are introducing new technologies and developing many enhancements to known engineering practices. The result will be the Atlantic Challenger, the proof that innovative thinking has the power to revolutionise ocean travel.

Maricuda’s goal is to produce a craft that will sustain 70 knots over long distances, will ensure the safety of its crew and passengers and will exhibit remarkable new designs.

The Maricuda Team:

David Aitken

Managing Director, MSc (Brunel), CEng, MIMechE, MICE, AMRINA, A professional career engineer turned entrepreneur, formed Maricuda Ltd in 2009 for the purpose of marketing his long list of inventions and original designs related to the marine industry.

In his role as key decision maker, David is responsible for setting company policy and thereby steering the Maricuda business towards a successful financial future.

David has been responsible for the project management and financial control of multi-million pound engineering projects and brings to Maricuda the skill set which fits the current drive to bring innovative marine technology to life and deliver the designs to market.

David Aitken was the Naval Architect who designed the 2004 Blue Riband Atlantic Challenger, a 170ft twin gas turbine trimaran. American sponsorship was withdrawn at this sensitive political time and the concept remained on the drawing board.

David, re-invigorated has re-designed the original craft and added significant high-technology, patentable features which will have wide post-event appeal to the military and commercial sectors.

These features represent a huge leap in fast craft design and passenger safety.

The engineering project management function for this Maricuda Atlantic Challenge is provided by David to ensure that the finished craft is produced to the required specification, on time and within budget.
Martin Spooner

Director of Maricuda and Invest Dorset, Martin is a professional entrepreneur from the hospitality industry, skilled in managing people, projects and time, cost-effectively.

A keen sailor for over 40 years, Martin recognises the value of achieving high standards of safety at sea and the huge merits of bringing innovative concepts to life.

Inspired by David’s ideas, Martin is the co-ordinator, organiser and administrator behind Maricuda and the Atlantic Challenge. Close co-ordination of the commercial aspects of the project and ensuring that all sponsors, manufacturers, specialist suppliers and the media receive excellent communications.
Mark Lello

LL.B, BMLA, BMF, Skipper

Mark is a qualified Yachtmaster with Commercial Endorsement. A grandson of the Chief Electronics Designer of Concorde he is also a veteran of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge of 1984. He is Managing Partner of Parker Bullen LLP, a law firm that is committed to the marine industry, including advising designers and owners of yachts, super-yachts and other maritime craft.
Peter Knightbridge

Documentation Control Engineer

Peter has been Project Manager on major ship repair works Southampton Docks; Works Manager in Portsmouth Naval Dock Yard; Contracts Manager, Babcock and QC Project Manager, BAe Systems, Portsmouth. Peter will compile and file all relevant documentation for the craft.

Charlie Charles

Gas Turbine Engineer

Royal Navy Chief Engineer on the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, working with Rolls-Royce; Worked with NATO as a generator and air-conditioning engineer, Rolls-Royce Ex Olympus engines (as used on Concorde); BAe Systems QC Engineer, Portsmouth

Toni Ferraro

Sonar and FLIR Engineer

RAF Trained Aircraft Electrical/Avionics QA Engineer, QINETIQ Boscombe Down has worked on Airbus and Helicopters,  BAe Systems QC Engineer
Adrian (AJ) Filer

Radar and Comms Engineer

Ex RAF Avionics Engineer has worked for BAe Systems, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin; PADI Diving Instructor and Medic First Aid
Tom Simpson

Systems and Control Engineer

Lead Avionics and Electrical Quality Engineer for BAE Surface Ships in Portsmouth; Member of the design team for the air intake control system for Concorde; Has worked on helicopters, satellite systems and submarine towed array.
David Lunt

Audio visual Engineer

British Aerospace trained to high MOD standard. Has worked on a number of prestigious projects which include £15M mansion on the isle of Jersey, with AVE Systems, Surrey and Joint Services Command Staff College, Shrivenham, Wiltshire; BAe Systems QC Engineer, Portsmouth.

Richard Slee

Director of Lookout Media, a video production company using professionals from BBC and ITV to record each significant stage of the Maricuda Atlantic Challenge project.

For more information about the Maricuda Boat and the Atlantic Challenge visit the infromative official blog.

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