Glider Luxury Sports Yacht
London-based Glider Yachts has launched its Glider SS18 yacht that it hopes will revolutionize luxury sea travel.
The US$800,000 craft glides along the water using two 60-ft long twin hulls. It's powered by four 270-horsepower engines,
and with a top speed of 56 knots (65 mph or 105 km/h) the catamaran can travel from Miami to the Bahamas or Monaco to Saint-Tropez in just 45 minutes.
The SS18 is built from a lightweight combination of aluminium and other composites, and has a stability control system that eases the bumpiness associated with sport boats, even in the choppiest of seas.
The SS18 is the brainchild of Rob McCall, managing director of Glider Yachts, who spent eight years developing the design.
McCall said: "The problem with yachts is, when you go above 10 knots you bounce from wave to wave. It's not a pleasant experience.
It looks fun for a few minutes but it's spine shattering.
A glider does exactly what it sounds like, it glides over the waves rather than bouncing.
There is nothing like this on the market and this design will totally revolutionise high-speed sea transport."
Range: 340 nautical miles (=391 miles or 630 km)
Range at 50 knots: 130 nautical miles (=150 miles or 240 km)
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