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Friday, January 19, 2007

 

The strangest vessel made its formal premiere Thursday on San Francisco Bay,

and it was a sight to see: It looked like a spider, wiggled over the waves

like a porpoise, and was fast as the wind.

 

It is named the Proteus, after a Greek god of the sea, and is the first of

what might be a long line of wave adaptive modular vessels -- WAM-V for

short -- developed by Ugo Conti, an engineer and inventor. Conti calls it

"the prototype of a new class of vessel."

 

Using technology developed by Conti's El Cerrito Marine Advanced Research

Inc., the WAM-V is "a new class of watercraft ... that delivers a radically

new seagoing experience." It has twin hulls, like a catamaran, connected to

each other and a control cabin by four metal legs. The legs ride on titanium

springs -- like shock absorbers -- that allow the WAM-V to adjust to the

surface of the water -- to flex like knees.

 

It has many uses, Conti says. "It can go many thousands of miles to deliver

something." It can also enter shallow lagoons in faraway places, help

scientists, would be useful in search and rescue operations, and even has

some military applications.

 

The Proteus is 100 feet long, 50 feet between the outsides of the twin

hulls, and is powered by two 355 horsepower Cummins marine diesels. It

displaces 12 tons fully loaded. Fuel is stored in the flexible pontoons, and

the vessel, Conti says, has a range of thousands of miles.

 

It can carry 2 tons of cargo, and can be operated by a crew of two.

 

The cabin, which sleeps four, can be lowered into the water -- "like a

helicopter landing," Conti said -- and sail off on its own.

 

Conti would not say how much the prototype had cost. "We are still adding

that up," said Isabella Conti, the inventor's wife and a vice president of

Marine Advanced Research. The couple would also not disclose the vessel's

speed, pending full sea trials. "It can go faster than I can run," said Dave

Hitz, who said he has invested in the company.

 

Jim Jessie, a yachtsman who has been sailing San Francisco Bay for more than

65 years, has never seen anything like it. "It's different," he said as he

watched the Proteus slink over the wake of a passing boat, its hulls

flexing. "It wiggles like a porpoise or a whale," he said.

 

That's the whole point, said Conti. Conventional boats cut through the

waves. The WAM-V slides over them. "It is not fighting the waves," he said.

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would koolebery look like this

 

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very close on layout!

 

Here's a pic of a Lagoon 55 from a similar angle.

 

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The major change now is that both Atlantis and Kookaburra have dark red hulls, not white. :)

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oh then the impression would be that the cats ... would be their hot rods ppl would want to rent.

The major change now is that both Atlantis and Kookaburra have dark red hulls, not white. Posted Image

 

here is another weird cat

 

I think this would entice Treavor to serve in the service

 

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wow yours looks so practical!!

all we needs is some war to use it

 

McHale's NAVY!! LOL

 

Interesting! That looks like it could be a next-generation LCAC (The hovercraft landing craft the Navy and Marines use).

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Experienced Italian architect and industrial designer Filippo Taiani presents a project of the 30m cruising catamaran My Way. The My Way concept is the result of the researches, the aim of which was to understand the needs of those who enjoy owning something unique.Posted Image

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wow this is real cool ... it be funny to have one like a submarine or a ST shuttle craft

Experienced Italian architect and industrial designer Filippo Taiani presents a project of the 30m cruising catamaran My Way. The My Way concept is the result of the researches, the aim of which was to understand the needs of those who enjoy owning something unique.Posted Image

 

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I wondered how they dry docked them.... Had a giggle at the name of the boatPosted Image

 

I am more used to see them launched, perched with its hulls on top of a flat bed trolley.

Unfortunately, as antifouling is 90% red, the name is much more common than you think.

The worst name, I have come across is Pussy Galore. All I can say is that it reflected its owner perfectly.

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Posted Image Solar power is free, although the implementation of it could very well be too expensive for most. Marvin the Martian here does not refer to a cartoon character, but instead is the name for an eco-friendly solar-powered boat. This 50′ solar-powered cruising catamaran comes with 35 sq. meters of photovoltaic panels that are carefully affixed to its roof, providing the vessel with enough juice for it to be self-sufficient. Capable of making full use of its electrical propulsion that offers 30Nm autonomy at 5 kn, it can also achieve achieve a 487Nm autonomy at 9 kn with diesel propulsion. The fact that Marvin the Martian ain’t bad looking either sure helps its case!
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