Dutch builder Heesen Yachts has launched M/Y Alive, the first vessel equipped with an underwater foil (called Hull Vane), which harnesses waves to produce power. Combined with the fast displacement hull and conventional diesel engines, research says the 140-foot (42m) M/Y Alive is 35 percent more efficient than other yachts of the same size.
The builder says that 35 percent less power is needed to produce almost 16 knots top speed in flat sea conditions. In seas with 1-2m waves, the Hull Vane technology generates 20 percent more thrust. Like an aircraft, as the yacht moves through water, the wing produces lift. This patented Hull Vane technology converts this movement into thrust.
The exterior lines of M/Y Alive have been created by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, who is also responsible for her interior design. Laupman has created a new bow design that combines a lower hull profile, and matches seakeeping behavior with a relatively short overall length.
M/Y Alive underwent sea trials in the North Sea and was expected to be delivered to her owner on Oct. 31.