From technical drawings to reality...
The reverse scheduling is getting faster for both shipyards that manufacture the parts of the future Lake Geneva's flying catamaran but also for the Hydroptère Design Team in charge of the design and the follow-up as well as of the coordination between French and Swiss experts.
These new collaborations are very positive for the project which gains in experience and varied fields of expertise.
The shipyard Décision SA, located in Ecublens close to Lausanne, is in charge of the central structural peak and of the floaters’ building for the 35-feet boat. The different constitutive parts of the central structural peak have been draped and cured and are now ready for the assembling process. The central structural peak will constitute the boat's central hull which will not touch the water.
The floaters are now in their molding process. They will be cured next week. All this process will guarantee l'Hydroptère.ch’s optimal solidity.
The shipyard B&B based in La Trinité sur Mer has already manufactured the cross beams of the flying catamaran and has just finished the centreboard. With this centreboard, the boat will be able to sail with the foils out of the water when wind conditions do not allow a take-off. The shipyard’s employees are now working on the boat’s rudders and foils.
l’Hydroptère.ch will indeed be an authentic floating lab equipped with clever mechanical systems enabling many adjustments whilst sailing and with lots of sensors enabling many measurements.
The analysis of all these measurements will eventually enable the validation of architectural choices which will be the base of l'Hydroptrère maxi's design, a boat capable of vanquishing oceanic records and of sailing safely around the world.
This objective of sailing around the world implied the development of a versatile platform. During a circumnavigation weather conditions can vary enormously and history has shown that on this route, speed records are very often achieved or lost in the zones that habitually experience lighter winds.
Thus the design of l’Hydroptère.ch was focused on the desire to maintain and optimize the equipment related to the boat’s speed and behaviour “in flight” whilst developing points such as versatility and navigation in light winds.
The objective then was to design a platform that could be efficient in her Archimedean version i.e. when conditions are not favourable for the boat to “take off” whilst maintaining a strong flight potential to demonstrate the difference with competitors whenever weather conditions permit and thus circumnavigate in 40 days.