The Flying Boat
18 June 2015 Editor 12 Comments
Advanced Aerodynamic Vessels of Nantes, France, aims to improve the speeds of passenger vessels by harnessing the flow of apparent wind. The catamaran employs planing stepped hulls similar to a seaplane, but the resemblance to a flying machine doesn’t stop there. The central bridgedeck is carefully shaped into a wing that creates aerodynamic lift and reduces both displacement and drag:
The operational speed of today’s small workboats is strongly limited by the exponential growth of their fuel consumption with speed. Oversized engines allow small speed improvements at the cost of much higher fuel consumptions and reduced payload, leading to an economically and environmentally unsustainable cost per passenger.
During the last two years, the A2V team of naval architects and CFD specialists developed a revolutionary shape able to safely transfer ships weight from water to air.
The flying saucer-like shape of the vessel is certainly arresting.