Isn’t it a drag to back off the throttle, just because passengers complain the ride is too wet and wild? Well, if some Aussies have their way, that could soon be a problem of the past.
The Australian outfit Nauti-Craft has developed boats with hulls that are separated from the cockpit by a suspension system. It’s a bit like an elaborate off-road vehicle that crawls over boulders and tree trunks without breaking the crystal wine glasses in the picnic basket. On the 26-foot 2Play catamaran the hulls do their thing in the water, while driver and crew get a soft ride up top. And unlike other catamarans that heel toward the outside in turns, the 2-Play leans in, just like a regular monohull.
The centerpiece is an elaborate hydraulic technology that combines with attitude control for a cockpit that “ allows the hulls to react rapidly to wave inputs and conform to the ocean surface without transmitting high forces and accelerations of the hulls to the deck and superstructure,” according to Nauti-Craft. Reducing pitching, rolling, jarring and slamming, the company says, helps to increase speed, efficiency, comfort and safety. It also could make it easier to transfer crews to a pier or platform. And the best news of all: it might also reduce seasickness.
Who needs it? Aside from pacifying your mother-in-law who might like a spirited spin better if it wasn’t so darned bouncy, these suspension boats could also be useful to shuttle crews to offshore drilling rigs and wind farms.
And if you think the 2Play is weird, check out the cutely-named 4Play, which is a quadramaran that’s a bit reminiscent of a snake or a centipede when smoothly crossing over breaking surf.
Nauti-Craft will show the 2Play at the Seawork International show from June 10-12 in Southampton, England.
Watch our video of a similar craft: Velodyne Martini 1.5: Active Suspension, on a Boat?
For more information, visit Nauti-Craft.