Category Archives: BOATS

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

robotic ghost knifefish set to change how ROV swims

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(image credit: Kinea Design/Northwestern News)

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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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

a luxury superyacht that resembles the Streets of Monaco

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the world have seen many amazing concept yacht but nothing like this 155-meter “The Streets of Monaco” luxury superyacht that has a fully functional Go-Kart circuit. the boat, designed in resemblance of a section of the principality of Monaco, most notable for its Formula One city race track and the Monaco Yacht Show, looks almost like part of Monaco has been torn off and floated out into the open sea. the Streets of Monaco was designed by Yacht Island Design in collaboration with BMT Nigel Gee. Continue reading a luxury superyacht that resembles the Streets of Monaco

hybrid Ocean Empire superyacht harvest from the sun, wind and waves

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automobile are fast going green with electric propulsion system, prior to full-fledge electric vehicle (EV), there were hybrid vehicles which uses a little bit of both electric and petrol power. sea faring transport is heading that way too, and it is not new, at least to Sauter Zero Carbon Design who is known for concepts hybrid yachts. the latest to join the rank of Sauter hybrid boat is this 44 meters Ocean Empire LSV (or Life Support Vessel), with two Hydroponic farms and fishing facilities for harvesting from the sea. Continue reading hybrid Ocean Empire superyacht harvest from the sun, wind and waves

real life james bond car that turns into a hydroboat at the flip of a switch

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(image credit: Rick Dobbertin) Dobbertin HydroCar | US$777,000.00 | www.dobbertinhydrocar.com

this isn’t exactly a new news but the highlight is, this unique vehicle is up for grab on eBay. this amphibious vehicle, dubbed the HydroCar, is designed and built by Rick Dobbertin and is capable of transforming from a road-going vehicle (though it still looks like a boat) to a tunnel-hulled watercraft within a few minutes. Continue reading real life james bond car that turns into a hydroboat at the flip of a switch

EMILY can reach distressed swimmers faster

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(image credit: Hydronalix) Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard | from US$3,500.00 | hydronalix.com

rescuing distressed swimmers in the open water proves to be a daunting task. traditionally, beaches has lifeguards to swim out to the distressed swimmers, which might be a little too late. another alternative is to deploy jet ski, but jet ski is cumbersome to deploy and it also runs the risk of hitting the distressed swimmers. Continue reading EMILY can reach distressed swimmers faster

Submerge is a catamaran, a submarine and a floating home

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(image credit: Alex Marzo)

modern days, future included, will likely sees us multi-tasking even more. more are expected of us, in both work and leisure. having said that, we also expects the things we use to be able to multi-tasks or exhibit multi-functionability. the concept 150-feet catamaran featured here, dubbed Submerge, embodies the multi-functions quality with its three-modes in one craft design. Continue reading Submerge is a catamaran, a submarine and a floating home

SpiderOptic technology offers more freedom to ROVs

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(image credit: Hawkes Remotes)

traditionally, underwater remote operated vehicles (also known as ROVs) are linked the surface ship or platform via a thick communication and power line, which makes the ROVs cumbersome and hard to maneuver. the weight of the tethering cable tends to limit the maneuverability and range of the ROVs. however, this scenario is set to change with the recently announced SpiderOptics technology developed by Hawkes Remotes. Continue reading SpiderOptic technology offers more freedom to ROVs