To be updated.
Ferries that fly could make it easy - and fast - to travel by boat, published in the Bangkok Post on 18 July 2020 (includes quotes from Morrelli & Melvin's Pete Melvin (Morrelli & Melvin designed the Rapido Catamarans' 40' Foiling Cat)).
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Morrelli & Melvin (MM) are our world acclaimed naval architects from the US. They are world leaders in designing performance catamarans and trimarans.
Their foil and hull designs benefit from more than 30 years' experience with high performance foiling sailboat design with which includes four America’s Cups.
What is so special about foiling for a power cat?
Foiling power cats are so special because they result in a huge increase in both performance and fuel economy and also offer a better sea ride. MM claim that with similar foils, total efficiency gains of 50% or greater are possible. Another important benefit is that the boat can bank at 5-7 degrees into turns and turn with less effort and speed loss than before the foil installation.
The 40' foiling cat is particularly well suited for luxury resort groups requiring fast, luxury commuter cats (this boat can do 40kts cruising... but can also reach speeds in excess of 50kts) for up to 33 pax.
The design and engineering utilizes Morrelli & Melvin's latest technology with plumb bow for better performance and riding hull as you get more water line length and finer hull for the same displacement.
The cabin design and layout can be for:
Fishing boat (centre console)
Owner's live aboard; or
Recommended engines are 350hp twin outboards - but this boat can take up to 450hp). Easy to maintain.
The boat can be built without options if the customer prefers.
Base price ex factory with foils depending on engines and options from US$450,000.