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Pioneering a Unique Propulsion System
Sea creatures move through the waters of the ocean smoothly, fast and elegantly. The way they glide is beautiful and natural. There is no need for fancy propulsion systems, motors, jets, or even sails. From the delicate damsel fish to the majestic blue whale, marine animals use their tails to gracefully manoeuvre through the depths – regardless of their size.
Mimicking the Movements of a Whale
Canadian engineer Charles Bombardier became fascinated with the seemingly effortless way in which massive whales get from one place to another underwater. He envisioned a luxury superyacht based on the movements of these magnificent creatures. Bombardier calls it the Seataci.
How Propulsion Works on the Seataci
Instead of using the industry standard of rotary propellers, the Seataci is propelled with a constructed ‘tail’ that trails behind the vessel, very much like a whale’s tail. The fabricated ‘tail’ works in conjunction with two stabilising pods on either side of the yacht. The components work together to create waves that move the yacht through the water, just like a whale does.
It looks more Like a Sea Animal than a Ship
The Seataci is still a concept, albeit a luxurious and expensive one. Bombardier claims it will cost around US$100 million to construct. The Seataci is projected to be more eco-friendly than other yachts because it would be fuelled by hydro-electricity. Each Seataci would be built based on customer specifications in terms of size, capacity and speed. The basic design also includes space for two swimming pools and two drone pads. Considering the exclusivity, the luxury, the fact that it uses ground-breaking technology – and that it has an on-deck tropical garden, the extravagant price tag might just be relatively reasonable.