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HYDROPTERE
COPYRIGHT THOMAS LESAGE



HYDROPTERE
COPYRIGHT CHRISTOPHE LAUNAY

Dimensions

Length: 18.28 meters (60 ft)

Overall length: 18.28 + 4.5 = 22.78 meters (74,7 ft)

Length of the floats: 6,7 meters (22 ft)

Span: 24 meters (79 ft)

Draft: from 1.5 to 4.5 meters (4 meters = 13 ft)

Height of the crew above water: between 3 to 6 meters (5 meters = 16 ft)

Mast: 28 meters (92 ft)

Length of the foils: 6 meters (19,7 ft)

Weight: 7,5 tons

 

Sails

Gennaker area: 315 m² (3391 s.f.)

Mainsail area: 185 m² (1991 s.f.)

Maximum sail area in flight: mainsail + gennaker + staysail = 185 + 315 + 60 = 560 m² (6034 s.f.)

 

Speed

Wind speed required to take off: 12 knots stabilized

Speed of the boat: About twice the wind speed (she sails at 30 knots with 15 knots of established wind)

Maximum speed: 56 knots (= 104 km/h = 65 mi/h)

Maximum average speed: 50.17 knots on one nautical mile (outright speed record = 93 km/h = 58 mi/h)

 

Team

Crew: from 5 (offshore sailing) to 11crew members (outright sailing speed records)

Architects: VPLP, HDS, Hydroptère team (including Alain de Bergh and Philippe Perrier)

Shipyards: central hull (DCNS Lorient), floats ( shipyard Decision), crossbeams (Airbus Nantes), foils and rudder (shipyard B & B + Airbus Nantes), mast (Lorimat), strain absorbers (Legrand & Revigny), sails (North Sails and Incidences)

Measurement system: HBM

Materials: carbon and titanium

Building cost: priceless (25 years of development)

 

Other features

- In flight, 2 m² of the boat surface are in contact with water

- Hydroptere accelerates faster than a 2x250 HP speedboat

- Hydroptere is piloted in three dimensions with a joystick that manages the boat ‘s balance

- There are 30 measurement calculation ways on the boat that indicate the strains in real time

- The boat is equipped with an inertial unit from OCTANS

- The strain absorbers on the foils are designed on the principle of the landing gear of aircrafts. They absorb the strain from 32 tons.

- There can be up to 48 tons of strain on the bindings that maintain the crossbeam. The bindings of the mainsheet traveller are designed to withstand 100 tons.

- 10 m² living space in the central hull

© Hydroptère 2014