Wave-piercer cuts rescue times in half

 作者:籍蜈救     |      日期:2019-03-07 07:10:02
By Mick Hamer IT LOOKS like a cross between a submarine and a chisel—but French naval architects say their bizarre new design for a lifeboat will halve the time it takes to reach a ship in trouble. Using wave-piercing technology more common to high-speed catamaran ferries, the 22-metre-long craft will have a top speed of 55 knots (100 kilometres per hour). Currently, the fastest lifeboats plying Britain’s coastal waters have a top speed of 25 knots. “The bow will cut through the waves like a blade,” says Gildas Plessis, one of the boat’s designers at Plessis Marin,