Onda Velocita is a luxury powerboat concept which fuses the
latest in high-tech systems and materials, with traditional
design elements and craftmanship.
The hull and upper structure of the Onda Velocita are formed
from a combination of fiberglass and carbon fiber. The deck,
seating areas, and cabin trim are largely constructed from laminated
teak wood which provides a rich warm feel and contrasting texture
from the sleek bodywork. To help keep the exterior design as
slippery as possible many of the necessary mooring devices and
lighting are hidden within the bodywork. The mooring attachments
are concealed within the titanium colored runners which are
located on top of the outer hulls. A hatch in the front of the
central hull hides both the anchor and two powerful forward-facing
floodlights. Another light is located under the rear seating
area for illuminating the vessel behind. The steps at the rear
of the boat can be folded up into the hull to further smooth
out the profile.
The styling of the Onda Velocita was partially inspired by the
way water laps against a sandy beach and leaves ridges in the
sand. This influence can be seen in the join line between the
two outer hulls and the main body. At the rear the shape of
the the circular seating area and built-in table was designed
to emulate the traditional capstans found on sailboats. The
table itself has a lift-up lid which conceals a number of flotation
devices. The waterproof, neoprene-covered cushions of the seating
area can also act as flotation aids in an emergency.
Powering the Onda Velocita are a pair of water jet propulsion
units with thrust vectoring nozzles. The main jets exit at the
rear of each of the outer hulls. During low speed maneuvering,
smaller jets which are located in the sides of each hull can
provide sideways thrust. These smaller jets retract into the
hull when not in use.
The roof of the Onda Velocita is interwoven with a series of
photovoltaic cells which provide electrical energy to the onboard
batteries so that on a clear sunny day there is no need to run
the engines as a generator to top them up. This means that the
lighting, sound system, refrigerator, microwave, GPS, etc.,
can all be run with no worry of depleting the batteries.
The interior of the Onda Velocita features one main cabin located
up front in the central section. The roof of the main cabin
has a built-in domed skylight which can be opened to allow in
fresh air, or in an emergency it can act as an exit. Located
aft of the main cabin and on the left is a smaller cabin, on
the right is a bathroom and galley kitchen. In the upper section
of the boat is the helm and a small covered entertainment area.
At the base of the stairs is a cushioned and shockproof winerack.
At the rear of the upper structure is a set of sliding doors
which lead out onto the deck and the circular seating area.