Platypus Craft, specialised in producing semi- submergible boats and L2Concept design studio specialised in concept car design and recreational submarines met up to set out the main guide lines for the building of Swordfish a revolutionary tender.
The expertise and know how both these French firms have has resulted in a tender (the first one) capable of cruising under water. We’re talking about a 40’ tri-maran the centre hull of which is protected by plexi-glass which closes it completely. It can dive up to two metres with a seating capacity for 8.
The standard configuration derives from the automotive industry and more precisely from the Citroen Maserati (SM) of the seventies. The plexi-glass once the dive is over can be adroitly opened to let the sunshine in with a pleasant summer breeze. Some other features designed for this concept have to do with eco- sustainability. The hulls for example will be built in sandwich composites with block wood structural parts: ribs, stem head transom and more. Other features this tender can boast have to do with eco-sustainability, in fact the hulls will be built in sandwich composites and wood and power will be ensured electrically with two 500KW engines fuelled by 400 KW batteries linked to Z-Drives. In this configuration Swordfish is expected to reach a top speed of 40 knots, 18 being the recommended cruising speed and 7 knots should be enough to guarantee a range of 115 nautical miles.
Alternatively a hybrid system can be installed instead as follows: Twin V8s delivering 900 HP each coupled to a pair of electric units with an output of 80KW each. In this case Swordfish will be faster with a top speed of 50 knots.
For more information: Platypuscraft
by Danny Lo