Category Archives: BOATS

Anything that sails, manned or unmanned, surface or below surface.

Pathfinder is a submarine that crawls along the ocean floor

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from the British designer who dreamt up of the Halo Intersceptor, comes a submarine that crawls the ocean floor with either wheels or tracks – literally. sounds ridiculous? or perhaps it sounds like a vehicle from the 1960s sci-fi movies? nevertheless, whatever we think, it doesn’t stop Phil Pauley from dreaming up this vehicle, dubbed the Pathfinder. the Pathfinder will take part in an imaginary Transatlantic Seafloor Research Challenge where the sub will be driven along the ocean floor for as long as possible, traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States in the fastest possible time. this imaginary endeavor will takes between two to four weeks, during which the sub is expected to be remain submerged. during this period, the sub would be supported by ROV-equipped surface vessel providing critical power and life support systems to the Pathfinder via umbilical cable. Continue reading Pathfinder is a submarine that crawls along the ocean floor

Manta is a three-wheel amphibious electric concept vehicle

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another concept that draws our attention, however, being a concept, it may not necessary be practical. so let’s just bear that in mind when we are viewing a concept. the Manta is a three-wheel amphibious personal transport designed to run on a pair of electric motors driving the rear wheels. the rear wheels also doubles as the vehicle’s propulsion when in water. the sports wheels are designed to be real working propellers, so when the rear wheels are turned 90 degree, the wheels becomes the propeller for the vehicle. each wheel would be individually powered, which in theory, could enable steering of the vehicle in the water. but i would imagine the huge turning radius it would make. being independently powered means some form of synchronization has to be in place to ensure that both wheels are traveling at the same speed when traveling on land. nevertheless, the idea and the aesthetic is great. i will take two! Continue reading Manta is a three-wheel amphibious electric concept vehicle

Firmship FS 42 is a classic boat worthy of calling it home

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(image credit: Firmship) Firmship FS 42 | €329,000.00 | www.firmship.com

there are no fancy cutting edge tech here but the beauty lies in the fact that this boat was designed with cues from the classic boat of the yesteryear. what makes this boat special (no, not the price but we come to that later) is that the interior has been liberated by the magical hands of Belgium design duo, Studio Job and the exterior bolded up by nautical architect Willem Nieland. we do not know how else to put it but simply to say that this boat has every attention to details – from the teak wood used throughout the ship’s interior including the doors, the deck furniture to the meticulous symbols curved into the door knobs to the sofa adorn with subtle prints of Moby dick, anchors and so on. Continue reading Firmship FS 42 is a classic boat worthy of calling it home

semi-sub beckons you to explore the underwater world

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yet another cool transport that is destined to be in the rich’s marinas or some tourist spot. Raonhaje ‘EGO’ is a fully-electric semi-submersible boat (i wouldn’t call it submarine) that allows pilot to operate with minimal training. instead of a throttle lever like on a traditional boat, EGO has pedal acceleration just like you would find on a car. Continue reading semi-sub beckons you to explore the underwater world

SC166 – Super Yacht complements by a Supercar tender

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(image credit: Gray Design) Strand Craft SC166 | about US$50million | graydesign.se

we have seen many fine example of super yacht and this one is fast climbing the chart. direct from renowned automotive and luxury yacht designer, Gray Design, is this Strand Craft SC166 – a super yacht with lines inspired by modern day super car. the secret of maintaining the sleek lines is the retractable flybridge and radar mast which keep things concealed when not in use. the retractable flybridge opens up to a sun deck complete with a large Jacuzzi and a built-in bar. even the entrances to the craft are carefully concealed in an effort to maintain the smooth lines of the SC166. Continue reading SC166 – Super Yacht complements by a Supercar tender

get rid of your waterskis, Jetlev to finally goes on sales

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(image credit: Jetlev) Jetlev Flyer | US$99,500.00 | jetlev.com

move over waterskis, there’s a new water sports in town that lets you fly off the water. the world was introduced to Raymond Li’s water-powered Jetpack back in 2009, well, it is set to go on sale this March for a cool $99,500. Continue reading get rid of your waterskis, Jetlev to finally goes on sales

powered kayaking now comes with spring-cushioned seat

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(image credit: Jetbuster) Jetbuster Jetrider XL | US$3,000.00 | www.jetbuster.com

kayaking has just become a less strenuous sports activity with the new Jetrider XL from Jetbuster (formerly, Surfango). the Jetrider XL is essentially a motor powered kayak which spares your arms from the strain and injects a new fun into kayaking. the monocoque lightweight hull is constructed of high impact GRP and powered by an electric start 9.5-hp 2-stroke engine with a patented jet drive system that’s capable of a top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h). that’s a pretty amazing speed for such a small water craft which should provide adrenalin junkies with an exhilarating experience. Continue reading powered kayaking now comes with spring-cushioned seat

robotic ghost knifefish set to change how ROV swims

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SpiderOptic equipped ROVs might be a solution to the cumbersome cabled ROVs but engineering professor of McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Malcolm Maclver, has another idea how ROV should move. it all began when one of the scientist, Oscar Curet, was fascinated by how a living knifefish moves. the robotic ghost knifefish takes its cue from the real-life knifefish behaviors in terms of omnidirectional sensing and omnidirectional movements. Continue reading robotic ghost knifefish set to change how ROV swims

the world’s first luxury amphibious motor coach/boat

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(image credit: Terra Wind) Terra Wind Luxury Amphibious Motor Coach | from US$850,000 | www.terrawind.com

i never thought an amphibious motor coach is possible due to its sheer size but that’s exactly what Terra Wind has done. presenting the world’s first luxury amphibious motor coach or was it a boat house? perfect choice for those flicker-minded who can’t decide to get a motor coach or a yacht. well, in this case, you get both! best part is, when you get ashore, you can drive yourself direct home without the need to fiddle with the tow hook and all that jazz. perfect. perfect. perfect. Continue reading the world’s first luxury amphibious motor coach/boat

luxury yacht uses iPad to control almost everything

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(image credit: Lürssen/Super Yacht Times)

what do you know? iPad could be the next universal remote for just about anything. take for example this luxurious superyacht from German luxury yacht manufacturer, Lürssen which uses iPad to control just about every aspect on board, except for the actual sailing and navigation. Continue reading luxury yacht uses iPad to control almost everything