gCaptain had a report on this new hull form, which a University of Iceland study found reduced slamming as much as 95% compared to a deep-v hull. It explains the development of the hull, I needed more information to understand how it worked.
The company website has many much clearer photographs as well as the video above.
Claimed advantages are:
- Exceptionally smooth and comfortable due to limited slam on waves.
- Significantly reduced slamming results in less mechanical and equipment fatigue, extending the lifetime of expensive electronic equipment on board.
- Greater on-board safety from significantly reduced slamming means reduced risk of injury, lower crew & passenger fatigue and related costs
- Precision performance without compromising cruising or top speed.
- Immediate handling response with no sliding
- No wake created behind vessel, resulting in less water disturbance
- Exceptional stability and balance when idle and at speed
- High payload capacity without compromising cruising or top speed
Could this concept be scaled up for a Motor Surf Boat? Apparently the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue is already looking into the possibility of a 15 meter (49 foot) MLB.
Thanks to Lee for bringing this to my attention