Here’s a preview of the latest model due to join our extensive range of commercial and naval craft: ‘XSV20’. The design is a high speed patrol vessel with a LOA of 23m (75ft). The hull design is extremely innovative (Patent applied for) and seamlessly fuses a twin stepped asymmetrical catamaran hull form with a wave piercing monohull, to create a hybrid design that delivers the dynamic transverse stability of a catamaran, with the steep head sea capabilities of a deep V monohull. The hull is now completed following a 6mth R&D programme, during which we built 12 scale model variants which were extensively tank tested to optimize the designs performance and hydrodynamics.The first of class XSV20 demonstrator currently under construction is a stunning design and will be Powered by four Caterpillar C8.7 650hp engines, ZF gearboxes and France Helises SDS surface drives. She will have a maximum speed well over 50kts, a 40kts cruise speed and a range of 800nm. We have worked closely with Shock mitigation seating manufacturer SHOXS who will be supplying the seats and using their expertise to ensures crew safety whilst Dometic systems ensures crew comfort aboard.The design incorporates all the features of Safehaven’s smaller 11-17m Barracuda range of naval craft, but with greater endurance, payload and crew capacity. The design has been developed, as Safehaven’s designer and MD Frank Kowalski succinctly puts it, “In ones endless pursuit of travelling fast in rough seas” and should allow higher speeds to be maintained in rough sea conditions with greater crew comfort, safety and endurance than conventional designs. With the demonstrator due for launch very early next year expect to see some of Safehaven’s usual extreme testing and more cool proof of design endeavors including an Arctic Circle Transatlantic World record attempt in 2019. If the hull performs as well as our model testing predicts, and looks as good as our initial design impressions show, it should be a pretty amazing craft. Watch this space!
Here is an interesting video documenting several months of R&D in scale model testing.