The boat you see here is a 30-foot concept from designer David Borman. He has designed and developed it to be the efficient future of transport. ‘That Wally powerboat, which I think is $20 million for the50 footer, it sucks down something like 2,000 gallons of fuel an hour and it only does 70mph. I’ll be using less than a tenth of that amount of fuel going twice as fast.’
‘My tag line is: helicopter speed at a powerboat price. It’s the ultimate status symbol, but it’s got a practical side too. I love theBahamas, love the Tortugas, but they’re between 130 and 200 miles from here in Miami. If I were to have a conventional yacht that could only do 25mph and I’ve got a 3-day weekend with the kids, I might as well forget it. By the time I got there it’d be time to turn around and comeback home. Scale up to a 64 footer Sea Phantom and you’d literally be able to cross the Gulf of Mexico with impunity. It would cruise at150mph, you’d have room for several staterooms, and you could walk around in the wings. It would be fast enough to run from Key West toCuba in 20 minutes, when Cuba opens up. It would literally take you longer to get out of the harbor at Key West and back into Havana than it would to make the actual passage.’
Like a chimera between a stealth bomber and a submarine, the design is sculpted around the central body airfoil. ‘I was able to draw on NASA research, free over the Internet, from the ’60s to integrate into my philosophy’, David acknowledges. ‘I had to put a backbone on it to support the tail, and it just so happened that I had just seen a photograph of a children’s model of the late 1920s Bugatti Atlantique,so I lifted it almost directly from there.’
Borman has invested some serious time and effort in his dream projectt housands of man hours and $1.3 million in the project. But the rewards are potentially massive.
‘The ultimate objective is passenger transport. For $2.5 million I’ll have maritime transport capabilities similar to a $10-12 million aircraft. Not only at a fraction of the purchase price, but also at a fraction of the operating expense and I’m not encumbered by the FAA’s rules. Airports are getting backed up; they’ve run out of expansio nroom. Aircraft can hardly get any bigger because the airports can’t get any larger. 60% of the world’s population live within 300 miles of a coastline; I could envision dozens of these just running up and down
the Florida coast alone. It could scale up to 90 feet if someone wanted to carry 100 passengers at high speed. It’s a whole new world of transport.’
The first customer Sea Phantoms will be 50 feet long, cost $2.5 million and be capable of cruising at 140mph with 24 people on board. By WesSiler. Exclusive online extract from Intersection Magazine.
March 23, 2017
Avenue Montaigne Apartment By Joseph Dirand
In long-ago times, artists, sculptors, designers, architects – if they were supremely lucky – gained a benefactor, a royal patron, a life-saver...
March 20, 2017
MK House, Antwerp, Belgium
MK house is a recently renovated heritage-listed townhouse from the early 1800’s located in the historic centre of Antwerp. Brussels-based Nicolas...
February 28, 2017
Nanan Patiserie, Wroclaw, Poland
Every sweet tooth in Wroclaw, Poland, can now stay in home territory if they wish to indulge in eclairs, macaroons, fantastic mini-cakes and other sweet...
February 27, 2017
Clerkenwell Grind, London
Melbourne-based Biasol designed the latest version of the eight-location London Grind by Grind & Co The Clerkenwell Grind is a lofty two-story...
February 15, 2017
The Wet Kiss – Marius Sperlich
Red parted lips, opalescent teeth and partly closed eyes may at first suggest an erotic encounter in this latest piece by German based photographer...
February 8, 2017
Mr. Simon – Udine, Italy
New restaurants, bars and, hotels keep popping up constantly. But for all the endless talk about customer experience we, the customers, are still left...
February 1, 2017
Baiser Bar – Xanthi, Greece
Baiser is a bar that has done brisk business for a decade in Xanthi in north-eastern Greece. When the owner approached Tessaloniki-based architect,...
January 28, 2017
Experimentarium – Hellerup, Denmark
In Denmark, a cool re-iteration of the Experimentarium science centre has just opened and its show piece is a massive staircase. It is one of the...
January 24, 2017
Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood, London
At Rosewood London Hotel, you can now buy your art and eat it, too. Executive pastry chef Mark Perkins is taking High Tea to new artistic heights at...
January 16, 2017
Hikari Yakitori Bar, Valencia, Spain
Confusion is easy, clarity is difficult. We keep repeating this because we see proof of it daily. We all do. We see and experience examples of this...
January 12, 2017
Krush-It Boutique Fitness Club – Braga, Portugal
Krush-it is a new boutique fitness club concept launched in the Nova Arcada shopping centre in the ancient city of Braga in northwestern Portugal. It...
December 21, 2016
Amber & Art Flagship Store, St. Petersburg, Russia
The first store of Russian jewellery and art retailer Amber & Art deserves the label “flagship.” Just the location and the building itself...