“The faster we go, the less we consume”. The French company Advanced Aerodynamic Vessels (A2V) unveiled a stunningly unique catamaran in La Rochelle, France. During one of our visits we discovered the yacht being tested. It is a boat designed by famed designer Marc Lombard and is a prototype for an innovative concept of ultra-fast vessel aerodynamic lift. The composite catamaran with futuristic lines, was designed and built in great secrecy over a period of 18 months. Made of advanced plastics, this first model measures about 33’ and at 3 tons can reach speeds of 45 knots with only two Mercury 200hp outboards.
The basic idea stems from the fact that there are currently no commercial ships that can reach speeds of over 40 knots profitably.
Maybe this new A2V concept is the beginning of something revolutionary- especially if we realize that most of the world’s freight is transported by ships.