March 8, 2011
“Bringing the super car flavor to the water” – The ‘Ekranoyacht’ offers a new design concept to the booming super yacht industry.
An Australian designer has unveiled design plans for the Ekranoyacht, a 36.5 metre super yacht that will have the ability to fly four meters above the water at speeds of up to 400 kilometers an hour. Focusing on harnessing sustainable power, the futuristic vessel will be powered by hydrogen and will be able to tackle waves of up to 3.5 meters high.
The Ekranoyacht, which has been named and designed after a well-known super car from the Soviet Union, will be able to sleep up to six guests. Unlike more ‘conventional’ seafarers, the ultramodern yacht will be extremely light, roomy and airy, with a large open plan living room with huge windows to accommodate maximum natural light.
The concept is the brainchild of Jaron Dickson, 23-year-old designer from Melbourne. Talking about how the Ekranoyacht’s efficiency and dynamism, Mr Dickson said:
“Humans are always thinking of new ways to travel and improve their dynamic lives… My project has the liveability of a yacht and the convenience of an airplane.”
The Ekranoyacht’s design is based on a ‘half plane half boat’ vehicle conceived by the Soviets, known as the “Caspian of the Sea”. This once revolutionary craft, and its smaller versions, were used to carry troops and their vehicles in the Caspian and Black seas, until the Soviet Union collapsed in 1980. These remarkable vessels implemented a ground effect, known as the wing-in-ground-effect, whereby when the aerodynamic contact between the wings and the water’s surface creates a cushion of high-pressure air.
The Ekranoyacht is based around this concept but is also focused on protecting the environment – a necessity, some may argue, if super yachts are going to have a future. Being able to literally ‘leap’ into the air, avoiding 3.5 metre-high waves and travelling at speeds of up to 400 km/h, will certainly create a more efficient form of sea travel. Although the Ekranoyacht will not be entirely reliant of hydrogen power, as it will also have an electric motor, transforming this highly avant-garde super vessel into a more regular yacht when moving through certain coastal areas.
Unfortunately we will have to wait another 14 years until we can literally ‘fly in a boat’, as the Ekranoyacht will not be ready for use until 2025.