The Tetrahedron Super Yacht: a flying boat

Have you ever thought about a flying boat? A boat that defies gravity?
Anyone navigating the waters off the Spanish island of Ibiza may be left awestruck in the near future to notice a particularly odd vessel sharing the sea with them, shaped like a pyramid. London-based designer Jonathan Schwinge‘s Tetrahedron Superyacht is the luxury boat of the future.

The Tetrahedron has a HYSWAS hull – Hydrofoil Small Waterplane Area Ship – which will cause the boat to levitate over the water at high speed. The hull has two working waterlines for its operation. At low speed the Tetrahedron sits gently onto three underbelly hulls. At high-speed the hydrofoils rotate on the lower submerged hull, causing the effect of mysteriously raising the triangle out of the water.

So no matter what conditions a Tetra Superyacht finds itself in, the vessel would travel with absolute ease. Moreover, Schwinge says the Tetra would boast speeds of roughly 17.2 miles per hour during take-off and up to 43.7 miles per hour while in its full above-water form. It would also have a range of around 3,000 nautical miles. If built, the ship would consist of carbon fiber and duplex stainless steel and would likely be capable of reasonably accommodating total 10 riders — six passengers and four crew members.

Tetrahedron blends the yacht and aviation spheres as an auto-pilot ‘fly-by-light’ system from the aviation industry which will take control of difficult roll forces and help to maintain ‘foil bourne’ speed. Long distances will be achievable with reduced out-of-water drag meaning that stormy ocean conditions will be ironed out – good news for those with a tendency for sea sickness.
The luxuriousness of the superyacht is not just restricted to unspilled coffee for the guests onboard. When docked, the Tetrahedron’s three sides can fold down to become sun decks boasting off an outdoor dining area and easy access to water, while the horizontal panels can emerge to provide shade.

The cost and planned release date of the Tetrahedron has been kept strictly confidential.

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