Sunday, 25 August 2013 19:10

The Flying Yacht

Have you ever dreamt of travelling by a yacht that would sail through the coast of Oman and then transfer to a destination of up to 600 km away? If the answer is no, then you are not a dreamer. For, here is one such yacht that

allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds through this unique concept — the Flying Yacht. At the flick of a button, the yacht’s mast converts into wings and dual propellers in the front side of the vessel, along with Nissar & Braseur engines, allow  the ‘yacht’ to fly in excess of speeds of 390 km/hr. The dreamers name is the French designer Yelken Octuri.

 

For both images - Copyright & Design Yelken Octuri

The reason for the unique concept came because Octuri’s employers — the owners of the Masquat Airways Company — asked for what was considered the impossible. They wanted a yacht that would sail through the coast of Oman and then transfer to a destination of up to 600 km away. The result was the Octuri, as this flying yacht is now called. The designs of the flying yacht can be seen onboard the Paris Air & Space Museu.

The flying yacht has a number of positives. The first and foremost is that a yacht-plane simply cannot be overlooked. The second are the options it provides. If the owner has more time, the yacht can simply pull into the sea and enjoy the wonders of Nature, if he has to hurry, then it can switch (literally) into jet mode. The result is that the owner can think of visiting destinations he may not have thought of before. Finally, there is the fuel cost and environmental aspect to consider. If the fuel cost is running too high, don’t change gears, press a button and change back to yacht from plane. In yacht mode, it is wind powered, so it manages to save energy.

The idea of a yacht being pulled along by a kite is a concept that would have been laughable a few years back. However, today the idea of a Skysail — a kite-like sail that literally pulls along the yacht is a concept that some companies have taken beyond the drawing board. The sail can be used either as auxiliary power or as a standalone power source.

Onboard the flying yacht has everything the luxury traveler could possibly want. It has two main decks – the lower deck housing a living room, kitchen and toilet and on the upper board there are three bedrooms and a bathroom.

The ship has two boards. On the lower board are the living room, kitchen and toilet and on the upper board are three bedrooms and a bathroom. Push a few buttons and the mast becomes wings - the mast changes from vertical to horizontal. This is secured by four mast ropes placed on the central masts. Wings of 90-metrs span ensure the yacht is ready to fly. Four dual propellers in the front side of the vessel with Nissar & Braseur engines which can allow it to fly in excess of speeds of 390 km/hr.

There are many visions of how travelling could look like in hundred years, but very few have been taken to such a successful and wonderful space. 

 

 

 

 

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