EN:

This Hydrofoil Yacht is the product of our goal to improve our freeform surface design abilities.
Very few private foiling motorboats exist at the moment. Despite demonstrating significant advantages compared to boats with conventional hulls – for example their ability to travel almost twice as far with the same amount of fuel – their design fails to consider a significant factor: swell.
Current private foiling boats only work at waves no higher than 1.4 meters. Our solution makes use of control surfaces similar to the ones found on airplanes. They allow the on-board autopilot to control all 3 axes of movement: pitch, yaw and roll. This autopilot paired with the stereoscopic camera system – which scans the water surface – is able to move the boat along the height of any incoming waves with ease.

stereoscopic vision

stereoscopic cameras allow the onboard system to digitally generate a 3 dimensional representation of incoming waves. in combination with the controlsurfaces controlled by autopilot efficient boating is possible even in rough conditions.

aquadynamics and control surfaces

the controlsurfaces are derived from conventional airplanes. elevons combine ailerons aswell as elevators allowing the vessel to have freedom of movement in all axes – roll, pitch aswell as yaw.
The Video above demonstrates a new and computer aided method of creating freeform surface designs. This method is inspired by Jama Jurabaev – A concept artist based in Londok, UK.

Step1:

Creation of  skeleton in 3D-space using blenders grease pencil tool.

Step 2:

Sketching over screenshots of Step1 in different perspectives.

Marc Gämperle

Industrial Design

4. Semester

marc.gaermperle@students.fhnw.ch

Nathanael Blain

Industrial Design

4. Semester

blain.nathanael@gmail.com

Prof. Dr. Ralf Trache

Dozent / Mentor

Institut Industrial Design

ralf.trachte@fhnw.ch