Sunday, March 7, 2021
Home Boating Swordfish tender will be able to travel above or below the waves

Swordfish tender will be able to travel above or below the waves

More than 10 years ago, François-Alexandre Bertrand came up with a concept for a novel above/below watercraft that he naturally named the Platypus. The first Blue Ocean edition was sold last year and now his company has launched a new version, the Platypus Swordfish.

The Swordfish is a 40-ft (12.1-m) recreational tender with the unique ability to let passengers travel above or below the water. Unlike the original Platypus design that we got to try out in St Tropez in 2016, the pod that’s submerged beneath the waves by hydraulic arms is enclosed – so the pilot and up to seven passengers can sit back and enjoy the marine environment in comfort, without even getting wet.

Occupants will have air pumped into the pod so they won’t have to wear face masks, the see-through plexiglass cockpit can be opened up on sunny days, and is closed off for shelter up top and, obviously, below-surface travel.

The Swordfish is scheduled to go into production in early 2021
The Swordfish is scheduled to go into production in early 2021

The Swordfish will be available in pure electric or hybrid flavors. The former is equipped with two 500-kW motors and 400-Wh batteries, and offers a top speed of around 40 knots, a cruising speed of 18 knots and a range at a steady 7 knots of 115 nautical miles per charge.

The hybrid version sports two inboard V8 petrol engines producing 900 horsepower each and two 80-kW electric motors. This model offers a top speed of 50 knots, a much longer range than the pure electric but benefits from quiet underwater navigation thanks to the craft’s electric motors.

The trimaran architecture is said to be unusual for a craft of this size, with the sandwich-structure hulls having a wooden core. A smooth trip is promised, with an “almost complete lack of roll and an exceptional wave breaker capacity.”

The watercraft has been designed by L2 Concepts for a look that’s meant to bring to mind a 1970s Citroen SM coupe or stealth aircraft, depending on the viewing angle. The Factory Unit shipyard, which is a subsidiary of L2, will be responsible for building the Swordfish.

At the heart of the Swordfish is a pod for up to eight occupants, which can be opened up to enjoy the sea air and closed for underwater travel
At the heart of the Swordfish is a pod for up to eight occupants, which can be opened up to enjoy the sea air and closed for underwater travel

And that’s about all we can tell you at this stage. Whether there will be a surface camera system installed to aid underwater navigation, what system will be employed to provide air to occupants, details on safety systems and so on are all unknowns. We’ll bring you more as the project develops.

The Platypus/L2 partnership expects production to start in early 2021, in time for a world premiere at next year’s Monaco Yacht Show. Expressions of interest have already been shown from folks in the US and the Gulf.

- Advertisment -

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

LATEST ARTICLES

Soldini and Pierre Casiraghi set new speed record Monaco to Saint-Tropez

It was at 12:56:34 precisely that the Multi 70 Maserati helmed by Giovanni Soldini left Monaco along with five other crew, including...

Ready to go at the 2021 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta

Every year the Bacardi Cup and Bacardi Invitational Regatta attract a dazzling mix of professional rock star racers and super-talented Corinthian teams...

First Nordic skipper, Ari Huusela is 25th and closes the Vendée Globe

When Finnish solo skipper Ari Huusela crossed the finish line of the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe this Friday morning at 08 35 46...

SeaNet aquires a new Delfino 95′ to offer in co-ownership

Despite the turbulent start to 2021,. Following the successful sale of a Benetti Mediterraneo 116’ in November 2020, which cemented SeaNet’s position...

America’s Cup: racing to start on Wednesday March 10th under Level 2

The highly anticipated Race 1 of the 36th America’s Cup Match will start shortly after 4 pm (NZT) on Wednesday 10th March...

The 12 Metre Yacht Club Releases 12mR: An Enduring Legacy

The 12 Metre Yacht Club (12MYC) is excited to announce the release of 12mR: An Enduring Legacy. Filmed during the 2019 12mR...

Torqeedo and Poseidon announce new, commercial-grade electric drive

Torqeedo and Poseidon cooperatively announced a fully electric, steerable thruster system designed to provide up to 65 kW of emission-free power and...

Videoworks created the on-board systems Rossinavi M/Y EIV

Videoworks, leader in audio/visuals, entertainment, IT, lighting and comfort market, created the systems aboard the 49-metre Rossinavi M/Y EIV, confirming its ability...

Over 100 registered entries for 2021 ORC World Championship

Organizers from the Kalev Yacht Club and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) have announced a change to the Notice of Race that...

Artemis unveils mHIL Simulator & Digital Twin Capability

Artemis Technologies, which is leading a programme to develop a new class of zero-emission high speed vessels, has relocated its mechanical hardware...