A passagemaker founded in the principles of sail boat design, what does that mean? Here are some starting points. Or better said: here are our starting points. They deviate from traditional motor yacht design significantly. But if you think about it, if you let ‘m sink in, they might actually make sense:
- The design will be outside in, instead of inside out;
- With an emphasis on efficient hull lines (Fast Displacement Design);
- Potentially at the cost of some interior space;
- Maximized length over water for improved speed and efficiency;
- Minimized width over water for reduced drag and improved efficiency;
- Slender shape, to allow the ship to travel through the waves (instead of bob over them);
- Reversed bow for a more controlled pitch movement;
- Relatively open deck keeps weight down, while enabling green water management;
- Minimized height to reduce weight and to maximize stability;
- A single small engine, because efficiency trumps power;
- Well-insulated engine room for added crew comfort;
- A big prop for efficient propulsion, low rpm, and low overall noise levels;
- Aluminium build for further weight reduction;
- Round bilged for drag reduction and (beam and stern) wave energy dissipation;
- Ultra-fast stabilization system for improved comfort at minimal efficiency losses;
- Stamina: this passagemaker should be able to cruise at high constant speeds;
- A couple should be able to easily operate the ship;
- It should house, feed, and sleep six people comfortably.
Underneath, you see pictures of ships (and more) that provided inspiration and guidance. At the top left, you see an aluminium low profile trawler. Not ocean crossing capable, but what if we would ad some of the design elements of the sail boat to its right? Next to the sail boat, you see MY “A” and a Dashew FPB-64. The sleek, minimalistic lines of “A”, and the ruggedness and functionality of the FPB are both inspirational and guide where we want to go with Hammerhead. The LRC-65 (middle row, left) takes minimalistic to the next level. The sail boat center stage served as inspiration for our pilot house design. Warship Zumwalt sorta combines the beautiful lines of “A” with the functionality of the Dashew FPB-64. For sure an “out-of-the-box” warship design.
More inspiration, from non-maritime domains, can be found in the bottom line. On the left you see one of our revolutionary iStill distillation systems. Our out-of-the-box thinking lead to a design that is multiple orders more efficient and controlled than other distillation devices. A perfect example how innovative design changed an entire industry. The Lamborghini Countach was a break away from traditional 1970’s supercar design: mid-engined and angular. The Tesla Cybertruck? A great example of the application of innovative materials and “form follows function”. Finally, right bottom, meet the Citroen Karin: an avant-garde study on outside in car design.