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The Future of Yachting:
A new type of
yacht offers unlimited seakeeping and long-range
with cruising speeds in excess of 250 knots
Unknown to most mortals and yachtsmen, is a revolutionary technology developed and perfected in Russia during the Cold War era to quickly transport troops and tanks across the water right into an unprepared beach: The Ekranoplan!
The Ekranoplan or Wing in Ground Effect Ship is an amphibian technology that lies on physical phenomenon that occurs when a wing is operated in very close proximity to the surface. It actually happens every time an airplane takes off and disappears as soon as it gains altitude. - It is that noticeable sudden up-push when the wheels just leave the ground. As the wings exert more pressure into the ground that pressure bounces back, thus generating an extra amount of dynamic lift. This extra lift makes it possible for a craft designed to operate in such conditions to carry twice the weight of a similar sized airplane flying in high altitude and yet be far more fuel efficient, as less power is required to generate lift.
Ekranoplan technology brings
new dimension into Yachting
The red area in the picture depicts the Wing in Ground Effect phenomenon
The technology represents a real breakthrough in yachting and opens new frontiers, never dreamed possible. As an example, an adventurous yachtsmen and his guests, can within short notice leave any port in the world, quickly cross the oceans in the comfort of his large Ekranoplan Yacht, without even worrying about sea conditions and come to explore Alaska or Antarctica during the winter time by gliding over the frozen ice.
The unparalleled flexibility offered by
this new breed of shallow draft yachts make it possible for 200ft Ekranoplan Yachts to
navigate over very shallow waters and, with no restrictions while airborne. They also have
the ability to come gliding straight from the water into an unprepared beach, making them
the ideal platform to explore remote beaches and uninhabited islands.
Large Wing in Ground Effect Yachts of 250 to 400 tons can be outfitted just as a regular Superyacht and have a main salon, a bar area, several staterooms, full galley, gym, office, crews quarters, Jacuzzi, etc. In addition they may be also equipped with garages designed to launch one or two tenders and toys, such as jet-skis, snowmobiles and even one or two large cars or SUVs.
It is important to mention that although Ekranoplans are amphibian, they are ships and are not designed to takeoff or land on airstrips.
Larger Yacht versions may be equipped with retractable wheels that allow them to come out of the water to dry land on their own power.
A large single hydraulic deployable ski is installed on large Ekranoplan Yachts. The unit is used to reduce wave drag during take-off and to slow down the craft when landing.
Since Ekranoplans operate so close to the surface, there is no need for cabin pressurization. Therefore extra large windows can be incorporated into the designs, offering a unique experience to the riders who can enjoy panoramic ocean views while gliding at high speeds. A feature that aircraft and conventional yachts cannot offer, as planes are simply not designed to fly safely at low altitudes and most Superyachts are outfitted with claustrophobic portholes and can only cruise at speeds between 12 and 20 knots.
Although it may go unnoticed to most of
us, the large and wide areas of the wings of an Ekranoplan Yacht provide for the best
combination of swim platforms and sundecks. Unlike a regular yacht that has the sundeck
far from the water and a narrow swim platform on the stern, the Ekranoplan wings provide
forward and aft, starboard and port access to the water.
Wing in Ground Effect Yachts are designed to adjust their flight height in accordance to sea state conditions, being the only ships with unrestricted seaworthiness. The only operational restrictions are wave height during take-off and landing procedures. A 200ft Ekranoplan Yacht can safely take-off and land in Sea State 5, sea conditions that most large yachts cannot even handle
Another interesting feature of this type of high-speed craft is its ability to "jump" an obstacle in its path or even fly at high altitudes for a limited amount of time. The larger the craft the higher it can fly and "jump", making it possible for a 200ft Ekranoplan Yacht to cross from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic by simply flying over the Panama Canal, thus avoiding all the locks.
The "jumping" feature also brings a new level of safety into high-speed yachting, since collisions with smaller and larger ships of any size can be easily avoided.
Different types of propulsion systems are used in Wing in Ground Effect Yachts. While
small open personal crafts can be equipped just with outboards and glide at speeds up to
100 knots, larger faster Ekranoplans must be equipped with air propellers driven by piston
engines or specially developed marine gas turbines.
propulsion system directs large amounts of air underneath the wings, reducing wave drag
during take-off and generating the necessary
dynamic lift that sets the craft into Wing in Ground Effect.
Once the ship becomes airborne in Wing in Ground Effect, just a fraction of the installed power is needed to keep it going at very high speeds.
While small to mid sized Wing in Ground Effect Yachts may use the same propulsors to take-off and cruising, by adjusting the power as needed, Superyachts of 400 tons such as the 244ft BENTLEY YACHTS Aries require massive power for short periods of time in order to take-off or fly at high altitudes over land. Because turbines do not operate efficiently at intermittent power, it is necessary to install extra propulsors, which are only used during such occasions and shutdown at cruising speeds.
The extra propulsors also make the Ekranoplan Superyachts very safe as they can be used as back up in an emergency situation.
While the giant 244ft Aries uses eight turbines for take-off and landing and, between two and four for normal cruising speeds in excess of 250 Knots, the even more efficient 192ft BENTLEY YACHTS Gemini is capable of similar performance with one single tail turboprop. The two forward turbines are only used during take-off, landing and when necessary, for short high altitude cruising.
Those two large Ekranoplan Superyachts were designed to cover long distances in short times and, for a given distance, they will burn significantly less Diesel cruising comfortably at 250 Knots than a conventional Superyacht of similar size at 12 knots.
The efficiency of a Wing in Ground Effect Yacht is even more noticeable when it is time for refueling. For instance, an average 240ft Superyacht carries about 200 Metric Tons of Diesel, while the 244ft BENTLEY YACHTS Aries Ekranoplan carries only 80 MT, thus making it considerably less expensive to operate.
BENTLEY YACHTS Aries and Gemini are also equipped with state-of-the-art smoke-free and vibration-free mini-turbine generators that simultaneously produce electricity, hot water and air conditioning.
Although several companies around the world have been lately involved in the development of small Wing in Ground Effect craft, the military technology to build large and safe functional Ekranoplans remains highly secret and proprietary.
In its quest to create the ultimate Superyacht, BENTLEY YACHTS, under the leadership and vision of John F. Rodrigues, hired with exclusivity the same scientists, engineers and shipyard that were involved in the design and construction of all military Ekranoplans to build custom Wing in Ground Effect Yachts, becoming the first and only yacht builder to offer such type of Yachts in the world.
BENTLEY YACHTS Ekranoplans are based on existing and well-proven military designs, including the brand new 244ft Aries, the largest in the world, which is already built and currently available for sale.
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