Vessels:ICE is Nice (and fast, too!)

Friday, January 10, 2003
While it is not a vessel you will see anytime soon on U.S. port patrol, the BladeRunner speed boat from IceMarine could offer some technological cues to designers seeking to deliver an ultra fast boat with outstanding handling characteristics, a trait evident even in rough seas.

MarineNews had the good fortune to test drive the BladeRunner speed boat off England's Isle of Wight late last year, putting the powerful 34-ft. boat through its paces with Jeremy Watts, Managing Director and Owner of Ice Marine, alongside. Taking the helm of the sleek vessel is much like climbing behind the wheel of a Ferrari, with its race pedigree and accents evident from Watts' experience as a World Offshore Powerboat Champion. The BladeRunner 34 is an "Air Entrapment Monohull" (AEM) which is touted by Watts as radically different to any conventional monohull, in that it has dramatic twin tunnels which flare out from either side of the slender twin stepped hull. AEM provides the boat with phenomenal aerodynamic lift (confirmed and endorsed heartily by this reporter's test ride), improving speed and efficiency and significantly softening the ride by compressing the air inside the tunnels to add a cushioning effect.

The boat's performance is nothing short of incredible considering the powerful characteristics it possesses. As tested, the 35 x 9.5 x 1.75 ft. boat was powered by a pair of twin Mercury Optimax 225 hp V6 outboards, delivering a top speed of 74 mph. Other propulsion option include twin Honda BF225 VTEC V6 4-stroke outboards, or twin Mercury Promax X 300 hp V6 outboards. Depending on final propulsion choice and accessories, the highest spec BladeRunner is said to top out in excess of 100 mph. Fuel capacity is a 100 gallons.

When idle, the BladeRunner sits low in the water, but when powered up, the vessel is anything but inconspicuous. Given its look and speed, one would imagine the boat a nightmare to fellow boaters, but quite the opposite is true. The ride is surprisingly quiet, given the tremendous power packs sitting less than 12 feet away, and almost inexplicably, the vessel leave little to know wake, a testament to 7 years of investment in the optimized AEM design. The boat was jointly designed by Watts and Lorne Cambell, a Naval Architect and Designer with many boating championship credits to his name.

The boat is kept stable and level in a straight line and when turning - another fact confirmed by the test run - by a combination of sharp keels and pressurized air in the tunnels. The same sharp keels also provide superior directional stability to prevent any unforeseen sudden changes in direction (hooking). — Greg Trauthwein

Maritime Reporter June 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Oranjewerf Ship Repair becomes Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf

On 1 July 2015, Oranjewerf Ship Repair, which joined Damen Shipyards Group in 1989, will officially change its name to Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. This name

Shell Steps Closer to Arctic Drilling

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the nonlethal, incidental, and unintentional take of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walrus that result

Transnet Awards Bid for Cape Town Cruise Terminal

Transnet National Ports Authority awarded the V&A Waterfront (Pty) Ltd the status of Preferred Bidder for the development of a cruise terminal at the Port of Cape Town, Transnet said on Tuesday.

Patrol Boats

Tuco Reveals New Naval Interceptor Vessel Design

Following last week’s Seawork exhibition on workboats and small military and security vessels, Tuco Marine of Denmark reveals its newest vessel in the ProZero line.

Cargo Ship Celtica Hav Diverted To Aberdeen after Fire

Fire erupted in cargo holds of general cargo vessel Celtica Hav on June 25 shortly after she left Aberdeen UK, bound for Hamburg.    Vessel, which was bound for Hamburg,

New Fast Small Ship Simulator

A new Fast Small Ship Simulator for training crews working on high speed boats is in development. Together with Cruden and Tree C Technology, the Royal Dutch Naval

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1232 sec (8 req/sec)