New folding catamaran? Artificial intelligence helps to control the boat? Submarines go to the masses? The main yachting news for January 16!
New motor yacht HopYacht 30 in production
South African shipyard HopYacht has begun production of its new power catamaran. The main feature of the multihull is that it is the first all-electric catamaran for the shipyard. The company confirmed this information last week.
The concept of the new HopYacht 30 is the result of a close collaboration between the shipyard and Du Toit Yacht Design. Another feature of the multihull, but now a structural one - the floats (hulls) can literally be disassembled and stored in two containers 12 meters long.
The catamaran will be powered by two E-Propulsion 6kW Pod drives with two iron phosphate batteries. In total, batteries can give out up to
The HopYacht is powered by two E-Propulsion 6kW Pods and two Lithium Ferro-Phosphate batteries, giving a total of 28.8 kilowatt-hours of power. The cruising speed of the HopYacht 30 will be 5 knots. An equally burning issue for electric yachts is power reserve. This catamaran has a power reserve of about 7 hours.
Suddenly stalling in the middle of the sea due to dead batteries will not work; on board there was also a place for solar panels with a capacity of 1600 watts.
The first board of HopYacht 30 will be delivered to Greece. From there, the cat will travel to Scandinavia to an unnamed owner. The shipyard's comment regarding the purpose of the multihull is interesting: “The owner, one might say, is an avid yachtsman, loves to sail. But he wished for another boat - not for long cruises. He needs the HopYacht 30 to be able to easily navigate from the Mediterranean to the French Canals and other European inland waters.”
Wayfinder is a navigation system based on artificial intelligence
The iNav4u company is engaged in the production of modern advanced marine electronics systems. Most recently, the company unveiled “the world’s first AI-powered navigation system.” The system was called Wayfinder (from the English guide, guide).
Wayfinder is an automated situational awareness system. It continuously monitors the ship's avionics and weather data. The Wayfinder system is able to identify problems with the boat, electronics, etc., and then immediately notify the crew of everything necessary. The system can send notifications, warnings and alarms in real time. To communicate with the “Guide” you need a smartphone, an on-board touch screen, a display, etc.
What problem does Wayfinder solve? It collects ALL available data together and monitors it in real time. Data from all electrical appliances, information about the weather, the state of the boat - all this can be monitored literally in real time. What's more, Wayfinder relieves the sailor of the need to interpret instrument data.
That is, if earlier it was necessary to climb somewhere yourself, take some measurements, transfer to another measurement system, now artificial intelligence is able to do all this. Rechecking the most important readings is of course mandatory, but this system will abolish most of the routine calculations.
The closest analogue of Wayfinder is modern airborne systems. They also collect aircraft data and convert it into a normal, readable form. Notifications, warnings, alarms, voice prompts, real-time monitoring - all this is also possible on-board systems.
Probably the most important thing that Wayfinder does is eliminate the human factor and misinterpretation of the data received from the sensors. Well, a smart assistant who will always sound the alarm in time is very useful in the household.
U-Boat Worx to deliver 15 subs in 2023!
U-Boat Worx has decided to overhaul the production of its NEMO submarines - and is going to deliver as many as 15 units by the end of 2023. To this end, the company renovated and refurbished its plant in the Netherlands. The main production line of the plant is already working! By the way, we talked about this in our Telegram channel. Subscribe not to miss all the most interesting things from the world of yachting!
Bert Houtman, founder of U-Boat Worx, says: “If a year ago this was a bold experiment, now it is already a reality! We have taken on an important mission to provide safe, effortless access to the underwater world for people. Now in bulk! And at a relatively low price.”
By 2030, U-Boat Worx plans to launch (or submerge?) as many as 1,000 NEMO submarines). For one single model, they will sell 545,000 euros, and for a two-seater, you will have to pay 590,000 euros.
One of the main features is a huge seamless acrylic dome (spherical viewing window). Also on board there is an electric propulsion system powered by batteries, an advanced security system, air conditioning.
Interestingly, all NEMO owners are encouraged to take submarine training at two locations. The first option involves diving next to the yacht, almost in the open sea, and the second option - in an indoor pool.
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