Radical New Sailing Concept Boat – Cool!

Remember when the Maltese Falcon sailed into the Bay? It was incredible. Imagine if this interesting new design came through the Gate…

One of our instructors sent in this article about this “radical, new” sailing concept. Looks interesting to me. Lot’s of moving parts. Do you think this would work?

Also, if you’re interested in buying one of these and putting it in the charter fleet… Let us know 😉

According to Lila Lou Design; “We have developed ‘Ankida’ in a manner that we see is the natural progression for sailing yachts, the most fundamental aspect of which is the mast, rig and keel configuration, moving away from a traditional centre line mast arrangement in order to structurally integrate the entire set-up with the hull and superstructure, making all wind generated forces work homogeneously with the craft, thus maximizing the propulsion efficiency.” Obviously, Ankida will rely heavily on an automated mechanical system, coupled with a sophisticated software package for weather, navigation and operation. It is intended to be a yacht could effectively sail itself.

A “traditional” central mast structure concentrates & focuses vast stresses and strains on the yacht’s deck and internal structure and does not distribute this tension in homogenous fashion, it also creates a structural/visual barrier along the very center of the boat, externally and internally. We developed Ankida’s mast(s) to be light, flexible and integral to the entire yacht’s design so that the forces generated are more uniformly distributed throughout the vessel. Most importantly, this mast system favors performance. It was from the mast design that the sail design became interesting…

Read the rest of the Yachtforums.com Post…

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  1. Alexander Isaac

    Thanks for posting the link…

    We have had a lot of feedback from the US west coast sailing fraternity, good and bad, as anticipated and expected with anything that challenges or differs from proven convention.

    We appreciate all commentary, this is not a project we expect “built” in the near future, it is more an exploration of the possible. Be it apparently feasable or not, the technology does exisist to produce one or all of the proposed innovations, and the sailing principal works plus is CFD calculated. As a seasoned sailor and yacht designer myself ,we hope that the “idea” is viewed as something that “could” be progressive…

    Thank you and enjoy ALL interest…

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