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 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.