New hydrogen tender concept

De Blanco, Naval Architecture & Yachts Design have designed a new powerboat, one of the first powerboats to be propelled by hydrogen. The 7 metre boat built completely in carbon fibre has been created to incorporate many functions, from a vessel ideal for enjoying water sports, to a family, day, or even party boat.

On the forward side of the boat is a double “V” berth that converts into a little salon. Aftermost at starboard side is a carbon fibre closed head with shower, and at portside a little galley with a basin and a double stoves hob. Aft is a double berth, whilst forward and aft decks are ideal places for sunbathing. The cockpit can be converted into a dining area with folding tables.

The new patented ‘wave piercing’ hull has been designed to endure very rough seas, minimising vertical and side accelerations, while the 450 Hp. MercuryMercruiser Gasoline Engine has been modified to run with hydrogen. This process increases the power of the engine by approximately 10-15%, and increases efficiency by around 20-30%. Powered by hydrogen fuel, the boat can reach speeds of up to 62 knots, and when powered by gasoline fuel, reaches a top speed of approximately 58 knots. The powerboat enables journeys of up to two days in total.

By Gemma Fottles

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