Simplicity is the key to this world-changing technology for small sea vessels.
The SeaSki technology manages to do on a shoestring budget what very advanced shipping designs achieve at very high costs, that is, lifting the hull clear of the sea’s drag.
Modern hydrofoil craft require high-tech sensory systems on their foils and powerful hydraulics to do what the SeaSki does “naturally”, and Surface Effect Ships (SES) have to constantly run centrifugal lift fans to “pump” air under the vessel to support it in the manner of a hovercraft.
Both these designs are fast and good in moderate seas, but expensive to build and operate, and lose valuable space to their actuating systems.
For the SeaSki, these much sought after results are achieved without fuss through a combination of three elements; a motor, a set of special skis and a flat bottomed hull.
The SeaSki’s forward propulsion (engine power) simply pushes the vessel up on its skis and, once the bottom of the hull clears the water surface, air replaces it, providing a “cushion” to take considerable weight off the skis.
The faster the vessel travels, the more air is compressed by the flat hull and the more weight removed from the supporting and guiding skis.
In turn, this combination takes more “load” off the motor and, with the speeds gained, makes it cheaper to run than a monohull or catamaran.
As a result, the sea surface conditions have a reduced effect on the vessel allowing it to operate at higher speeds in much more robust conditions than normal hulls.
Larger than average waves are dealt with by the leading edges of the skis which simply pierce or drive through the wave near the crest where there is the least water resistance.
SeaSki – simply simple!