S-jet bateau issu de la collaboration entre VPLP design et Airbus
© VPLP Design/Airbus

S-Jet / Air Seas

The S-Jet, developed in collaboration with Airbus, went through a number of preliminary designs. The concept was to adapt the control system for winglets, those devices at the tips of aeroplane wings and tails designed to reduce drag, to a 26 m catamaran.

S-jet bateau issu de la collaboration entre VPLP design et Airbus
© VPLP Design/Airbus

It’s a technological development which could make this new type of cruising boat fly. She might resemble a trimaran, but the central hull doesn’t actually touch the water and only serves as a platform for the rigging, the accommodation and the cockpit.

VPLP and designer Patrick le Quément have no qualms about upsetting accepted views and conventions or combining forces with a giant of the aviation industry. Indeed Airbus has for many years been an active player in yacht racing, including the America’s Cup with Oracle Team USA and, later, American Magic. In sum, the S-Jet is VPLP’s vision of the fast cruiser of tomorrow

Launched

2016

Category

concept

Architect

VPLP Design

Builder

Materials

carbon

Length

26 m

Beam

18 m

Draft

0,5 m/3,55 m

Air Draft

35,5 m

Propulsion

sail

Sail Area

450 m2