Having an Industrial Design background myself and dabbling in boat design and hydrodynamic engineering, I can tell you it is much harder to make a performance boat green than a vehicle on wheels. The friction and tension created by water vs. a rolling object are two way different things. It takes very little hp and torque to maintain a rolling object moving once you initiate it vs. something on the water.
That said, I would look at crossing the Formula 40ss with its retractable hard top and wide open cockpit with the length and power of the Nor-Tech 5000V. I would also find a way other than canvas to enclose the outside cockpit space in bad weather to utilize it better. All areas must be heated and cooled. Also, radar, GPS, Trac-vision and all electronic goodies must be included.
Bio-diesel/diesel would probably be the way to go with surface drives or pod drives and bow and stern thrusters.
Lastly, it should have a swim platform that lowers into the water and has the capability of holding a small tender or Ski-Doo.
Instead of a V bottom, a cat will create a faster boat with less friction but it has limitations on the useable cabin space.
Wow! I need to talk to Terry or Skip with this one.
Any big magnum?
With great power, comes great responsibility.
If I was a boatbuilder I would definitely look into the eco-resin. And OP, how big do you want to go...;
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Luxury motor yacht Ermis2 was built in 2007 by New Zealand shipyard McMullen & Wing and represents an innovative and fast-moving superyacht. With a GRP hull and superstructure, she features interior and exterior design by Humphreys Yacht Design. This triple waterjet propulsion yacht measures 37.8 metres and can accommodate up to eight guests.
Designed by Rob Humphreys in the United Kingdom with composite engineering by High Modulus, this high speed motor yacht is constructed using the VIP (Vacuum Infusion Process) in Carbon- fibre to obtain an ultra-lightweight construction able to withstand the extreme loadings of up to 2.2G while travelling at over 55 knots.
The M&W design team embarked upon a program to critically analyse every component of the vessel to save weight; the vacuum infusion process of Carbon-fibre/Kevlar/Foam composite was utilized in the building of hull and superstructure, Titanium where possible for deck fittings and hand rails, and light weight veneered foam panels for interior joinery, all to Germanischer Lloyds Class and MCA.
Fitted with a generous array of navigation and communications systems, Ermis2 is a state of the art vessel, complimented with an interior that is streamlined and light. Paint-treated ash and clear varnish maple combine with contemporary furnishings to create a modern nautical language. She was the winner of the “Best Power Yacht, 24-40 metres” category at the 2008 International Superyacht Society Design and Leadership Awards.
Motor yacht Ermis2 has a strong and serious profile that doesn’t look unlike a workboat, based on a brief by the owner that being seaworthy was her main priority. The interior mirrors this profile but carries a sense of comfort with its use of lighter woods and yellow, tan and blue leathers. Amongst her four cabins are an indulgent master stateroom; one double cabin; and two twin cabins.
Luxury yacht Ermis2 is powered by three MTU16V 4000 M90 series engines that allow her to reach a maximum speed of 57 knots. She can achieve a range of 2,300 nautical miles while cruising at a speed of 30 knots.
(BTW the engines make 3650hp each, which I assume is why jet propulsion was used instead of shaft drive units).
Good luck on your quest and keep us posted with your drawings.
I know there is at least one Vee that has turbine power.
Last edited by Bobthebuilder; 01-18-2011 at 12:55 PM.
Have you seen the 80' Nortech Roadster?
In my book, that is a blend of performance and luxury.
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