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.
May 18, 2022
Barn-Inspired Residence, Hudson Valley, New York State, US
Magic can result when architect and client have known each other for two decades and when both are willing to take the time to consider...
May 17, 2022
Private Reading Room, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
A vast book collection and a trusting friendship between designers and their client helped turn cramped ground-floor rooms into a sun-filled, tranquil private reading room....
April 27, 2022
Casa Aire Mountain Retreat, Medellín, Colombia
“It’s not a place to show off, it’s a place for my soul to rest,” says 37-year-old Colombian reggaeton superstar, José Álvaro Osorio Balvín known...
April 26, 2022
Beach House Overhaul, East Hampton, New York, USA
The shingle-clad East Hampton beach house, located on the coveted Further Lane, has an illustrious celebrity-amplified past as do so many in the area. It...
April 15, 2022
Canyon House Restoration, Bentwood Park, Los Angeles, California, U.S
In interiors, we are not fans of subdued and prissy nor decorative and antique-filled. When we saw the first images of the Californian Canyon house...
April 14, 2022
Weekend Music Playlist 37
April 6, 2022
The Library, Showroom For luxury Car Collection, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Owning any kind of car today is questionable. Owning a whole collection of luxury cars even more so. But there is no denying that the...
April 5, 2022
Casa JL, Medellín, Colombia
In its three-plus-year existence, Casa JL, designed by Cinco Solidos, has become gradually more and more one with its lush natural surroundings. When the 1,100...
April 5, 2022
BIBU Pet Store, Gaode Mansion, Guangzhou, China
Although BIBU is promoted as a “pet store” it is really much more. It is an entire pet-care and pet-pampering environment, strategically answering the call...
March 24, 2022
Brazilian-Inspired Residence, Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, USA
It is always a challenge to design a new house that doesn’t scream NEW. This is especially demanding if the neighbourhood is well established, the...
March 12, 2022
Arkhé Restaurant, Adelaide, Australia
Described by local media as Adelaide’s first open-flame restaurant, arkhé is a refreshingly unassuming entry into the city’s culinary scene. In a time marked with...
January 31, 2022
Yuntai Mountain Ice Chrysanthemum showroom, Xiuwu County, Henan Province, China
With smart design, basic local craft skills and a flexible experimental attitude, even the most ordinary warehouse-like space can become an appealing selling environment. This...