Foil assistance reduces catamaran’s fuel bills

'Sea Flight' cruises at speeds in excess of 30 knots 'Sea Flight' cruises at speeds in excess of 30 knots
Industry Database

Two transverse hydrofoils mounted between the hulls of a new passenger catamaran are said by its builder to ‘substantially reduce drag’.

Sea Flight is a custom 40’ x 14’ welded aluminum foil-assisted catamaran designed and built by US Shipbuilder Metal Shark to USCG Subchapter “T” standards and configured to carry up to 33 passengers.

Designed by Jutson Marine Design, the vessel features a highly efficient foil-assisted catamaran hull delivering unsurpassed performance, economy, and ride comfort. Specially engineered forward and aft transverse hydrofoils elevate the hull at planing speeds to substantially reduce drag, resulting in significantly increased performance and fuel economy with modest power requirements.

Powered by twin 440-horsepower Yanmar 6LY440 diesel engines coupled to Hamilton HJ292 water jets via ZF Marine 280-1 transmissions, Sea Flight cruises at speeds in excess of 30 knots, and boasts a top speed of 40+ knots.

The second Jutson-designed vessel of its type to be built by Metal Shark, Sea Flight’s layout has been optimized to accommodate a range of Pure Florida’s eco tours, dolphin watching cruises, and offshore fishing trips while offering a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable passenger experience.

By Jake Frith

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