The Kormaran is a speedboat concept with more than one trick up its sleeve. Not content with making something that looks like it belongs on the set of the latest Transformers movie, the creators of the Kormaran have also designed a vessel which can morph itself into a number of different configurations at the touch of a button.
Designed in Germany the Kormaran has been in development since 2007. The second more advanced prototype is scheduled to be built soon based on a proof of concept prototype constructed in 2012. The company have partnered with a number of specialist companies to build the vessel.
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If you like the idea of owning a helicopter, but are afraid of heights and happen to live near a lake or the sea, then this really should be on your shopping list. The Helicat 22 is a catamaran which has been styled to look like a helicopter. Don’t ask why, there doesn’t seem to be any particular reason. The Helicat 22 has been desiged with speed and stability in mind. It’s particularly good on rough waters with the widely spaced twin hulls providing a stable platform with minimal drag when zooming along at speed.
Aside from its unique appearance, the Helicat 22 also offers a good degree of practicality. Obvioulsy the cabin is fairly compact, limiting the number of people who can be carried at any one time, but it can cope with waves which would have boats of comparable size scooting for the nearest safe harbor. It has an impressive top speed of 43 mph when fitted with the optional 90 horsepower motors. It also has a range of over 100 miles with the standard twin 45 litre (12 gallon) fuel tanks.
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On the shores of lake Worthersee in Austria (the same place the annual Wothersee festival for VW/Audi fans takes place) is a small company called Marinekart. They build compact little boats which are versatile, adaptable, supposedly unsinkable, and lots of fun.
The MarineKart is basically a go-kart for the water. It can carry up to four people, weighs just 127 lbs (58 kgs) without a motor, and is powered by an electric outboard motor, of which there are two to choose from, a 2.7 hp unit and a 5.4 hp model. It can also be powered by conventional four-stroke outboard motors.
While the power output of the electric motors might not sound like much – mainly because it isn’t very much – the featherweight construction and the compact size of the boat means it’s quicker than you might think. The base model – powered by a Torqeedo 2R 24V motor has a top speed of 9 knots, while the more powerful Torqeedo 4R 48V model has a top speed of 15 knots. Apparently the boat can handle up to a 10 horsepower motor, allowing for a top speed of around 30 mph.
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Thinking about it now, it seems odd it’s taken this long for someone to come up with the idea of a luxury, high-class jetski or personal water craft. Generally speaking, if you’re in the market for a PWC, you have the choice between the more difficult to ride but sportier single-person standy-uppy style, or the more common design with anywhere between one to three seats. Generally speaking they’re covered with garish graphics and look like sportsbikes of the water. Nobody, until now, has offered a classy-looking jetski.
The Strand Craft V8 Wet Rod is a 16-feet (4.8 metre) long vessel capable of carrying up to three people. As the name suggests it’s powered by a 5.7 litre V8 engine producing 300 horsepower which is connected to a water jet drive. Top speed of the vehicle is a claimed 65 mph.
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Wider are an Italian company who are in the business of building luxury yachts. They offer several models, up to and including 165-foot superyachts. However their 42-foot model is one of their more intriguing models.
The Wider 42′ was developed from a concept by Tilli Antonelli, and the styling was honed by Fulvio De Simoni. It incorporates a transformable mid-section which can significantly widen the vessel at the touch of a button. In just 12 seconds the width of the main deck nearly doubles, while at the same time outrigger pontoons extend into the water to provide additional stability.
At the rear of the Wider 42, a multi-configuration sun deck can provide space for a small tender or a jetski. Alternatively it can be used to stow diving equipment or as a place to mount a fishing chair for catching big game fish.
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Making its debut at the Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo 2014 in Amsterdam later this month will be the SWATH Electra Glide Limousine, a luxury yacht tender with a SWATH wave-piercing anti-roll twin hull. The vessel also features, as you have probably already guessed, an electric drive system which offers up to 40 nautical miles of range.
The vessel has been designed by SCOD (Sauter Carbon Offset Design) and is being built by the NEDSHIP group at their Turkish shipyard. The hull is formed from carbon epoxy, and the interior offers plenty of space for up to 14 passengers. Despite being primarily designed as a tender for large megayachts, the vessel can also act as a recreational day boat, offering a galley kitchen, bar, flat screen TVs, air conditioning and a rear dive platform.
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Hot Tub Boats, based in Seattle, Washington are in the business of building boats that are purposely designed to keep their occupants soaking wet. For any other boat company this would be a disastrous proposition, but when you’re offering a boat / hot tub combo it somehow works.
The vessel is not just a simple dingy filled with some warm water though. It’s a custom-built design with luxury appointments and plenty of hidden gadgets. The 15-foot (2.4 metre) Hot Tub Boat features a built-in diesel boiler with thermostat control which can get the water up to a very toasty 104F (40C). Propelling the craft is a quiet 24-volt motor offering a top speed of 4 knots. The boat is controlled via a small joystick located on the deck on the right hand side. The batteries provide up to 10 hours of cruising time before requiring a recharge.
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The British yacht design studio, Claydon Reeves, has just put the finishing touches to their latest design. Called the Aeroboat, the styling of the luxurious powerboat was inspired by the Royal Air Force’s most famous aircraft of all time, the Supermarine Spitfire.
Powering the Claydon Reeves Aeroboat is a Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine, one of the most iconic, and storied engines of all time. It was developed in the 1930s, and saw action in the Second World War as the powerplant of some of the best-known war birds of the era – including the Supermarine Spitfire and the Hawker Hurricane. It’s a huge hunk of engine, 27 litres in capacity and in supercharged form capable of producing over 2,000 horsepower.
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The Nauti-Craft 2Play catamaran is one of the few boats to feature a full suspension system. And that’s kinda strange when you think about it. Because the open sea is usually far rougher than any road surface – with the possible exception of roads in Michigan. It’s not uncommon for powerboats to have seats with built-in air suspension, and certainly offshore racing boats have them. But to have the entire deck riding atop a suspension system is unusual. One of the only other watercraft to employ a similar system is the unusual and highly advanced SeaPhantom built by Maritime Flight Dynamics Inc.
However unlike the SeaPhantom, the Nauti-craft 2Play catamaran is a much more versatile vessel with a more practical and familiar deck layout. If it wasn’t for the advanced suspension system it would be fairly unremarkable.
The 26 ft (8 m) Nauti-Craft 2Play catamaran is just the latest in a series of prototypes the Australian company have developed to test the system in real-world conditions. Prior to building prototype boats, the company used computer simulations to evaluate the design.
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The Amphicruiser is an all-wheel-drive amphibious vehicle built by Dutch Amfibious Transport (DAT). The Amphicruiser is based on a custom-built chassis and powered by a 4.2 litre engine from a Toyota Land Cruiser. Many of the Amphicruiser’s components have also been lifted from the Land Cruiser to ease the construction process and reduce costs.
The Amphicruiser has a very rugged, practical look about it. DAT say that they haven’t sacrificed any of the vehicle’s off-road ability by making it amphibious. It’s equally at home on the road, off the road, or in the water.
The Amphicruiser is powered by the Toyota engine on both land and in the water. When out of the wet stuff, the engine drives all four wheels. When in the water, at the push of a button, the power is diverted from the wheels and to a jet drive system. In the water the Amphicruiser has a respectable top speed of 8 mph. Not quick. But pretty good for something which can drive itself into and out of the water.
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