Channelling alien spacecraft is now a descriptor for yachts. Just look at Jonathan Schwinge’s design for the HYSWAS (Hydrofoil Small Waterplane Area Ship hull) Tetrahedron Super Yacht. Currently, in the conceptual stage, the vessel which is approximately 70 feet in width has an impressive range of 3000 nautical miles when hull bourne and 1000 nautical miles when foil bourne.
Two waterlines mean that once the Tetrahedron Super Yacht becomes a reality, you can sail the vessel at low speed, such that it rests on its three underbelly hulls. When sailing at high speed, the hydrofoils on the lower submerged hull rotate, giving an alien-spacecraft-like effect as the pyramid-shaped yacht emerges from the water’s surface. Designed with Maritime Applied Physics Corporation in America’s 1995 ‘The Quest’ in mind, the Tetra Super Yacht’s elevated hydrofoil propulsion means the vessel can navigate stormy weather with almost no issue.
Thanks to its instantly recognisable shape — a Tetrahedron which is a type of pyramid — busts the notion that ocean-going hulls cannot be made of simple geometrical forms. Another key feature of the Tetra Super Yacht is an auto-pilot ‘fly-by-light’ system from the aviation industry that allows the ship to navigate at foil bourne speed even with roll forces at play.
It may take a while for us to learn more about the interior layout and amenities of the Tetrahedron Super Yacht seeing as how the superyacht is still in the stages of conceptualisation, but the CGI Images give us a few ideas of what we can expect. Once it is anchored, guests can look forward to activity options such as snorkelling, lounging and practising yoga on its three fold-out decks. Accommodation for five guests, excluding the owner and four crew members means an exclusive group can enjoy the space aboard. We look forward to learning the Tetrahedron Super Yacht’s future developments, particularly in terms of interiors and amenities.
For a CGI view of how the Tetrahedron Super Yacht moves in the water, please see the video below.
The Tetra Super Yacht Credits
Project instigation and Designer
Jonathan Schwinge / SCHWINGE
TETRA Lightweight Technologies & Project Management
Marcel Müller, INMAINCO Visionary Marine Management
TETRA HYSWAS Propulsion
The Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, USA
All images in the article are courtesy of Jonathan Schwinge.