Unusual yacht-catamaran SS-18 is able to “fly” over the water

Science 01 Feb 2018
Unusual yacht-catamaran SS-18 is able to “fly” over the water

SS-18

The SS-18, which took 8 years to develop, is the owner of an unusual, almost fantastic appearance. Thanks to the catamaran form of the hull and the cockpit raised above the water, it is strikingly distinguished among other vessels, both in appearance and developed speed.

Two parallel hulls connected by a high deck are in harmony with the stability control system (SCS) and the configuration of the power unit, which as a result creates a unique sliding motion over the surface of the water in the style of a catamaran. The draft of the vessel is only 400 mm. In contrast to the usual high-speed boats, jumping during the movement from wave to wave, the 18-meter SS-18 glides smoothly above the water above the waves and does not lose speed.

SS-18

The SS-18 is powered by 4 independent water-jet drives located in the central part of the vessel. Each of them receives an effort from a separate 270-horsepower engine with supercharging. As a result, the total 1080 hp. able to accelerate the yacht to 103 km / h.

So, for example, the distance between Saint-Tropez and Monaco the yacht will overcome in just an hour. The steering also has a number of features, something reminiscent of Russian fighters with a controlled thrust vector. The lack of traditional elements of the steering system reduces water resistance to a minimum.

SS-18

On the deck behind the captain’s seat are 4 seats for passengers. On-board equipment consists of a Garmin instrument panel under a black glass with two touch screens. The cost of SS-18 can reach 1.3 million dollars. The first 7 buyers have already been trained and are preparing for their first voyage.

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