Boat is 75% lighter than conventional designs
A company called Zyvex Technologies has announced that its awesome looking new 54-foot long boat dubbed the Piranha has completed its sea trials. The trial was conducted off the Puget Sound in the Pacific Ocean in rough seas. The Piranha travelled for 600 nautical miles off the shore of Washington and Oregon.
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The ship is made from a new material that is nano-enhanced and infused with carbon nanotubes also known as CNTs. The Piranha is the first boat to be made from CNTs and weighs in at only 8,400 pounds. Boats made from aluminum and other materials of its size tend to weigh in the area of 40,000 pounds making the Piranha 75% lighter. The lighter weight makes the boat is cheaper to operate and transport.
"Our chemists molecularly engineer better materials and our designers and engineers make the world's strongest materials more useful," says Lance Criscuolo, president of Zyvex Technologies. "Metal boats have come a long way over the past 150 years, but it's only possible to reach new standards of performance using next-generation advanced composite materials."
The lightweight of the Piranha also makes it consume less fuel thanks to needing smaller engines to push it at the same speed as conventional boats. The Piranha is capable of traveling 2,800nm without a refuel and can operate in open ocean conditions with waves over 12-feet. Vessels of similar size made of conventional materials can only travel about 450nm without a refuel. The Piranha consumes 12 gallons of fuel per hour traveling at 25 knots.
"The lightweight Piranha delivers significantly better fuel efficiency and capability than any vessel this size. The most expensive part of operating a boat can be the fuel costs. Since the Piranha gets 2.5 miles per gallon going 25 knots, its operators would only spend one fourth as much on operating costs," said Belden.
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