Designed by Hakan Gürsu and Sözüm Doganof Turkish design firm Designnobis Studio, this lightweight, futuristic boat cuts the waters using solid sails, wind power and solar energy.
Dubbed as Volitan, which literally means flying fish, this 105-foot water mammoth, is crafted from a composite of carbon fiber and epoxy resin and covered in carbon-foam lamination. The two electric motors are located in the shorter wings. An onboard computer controls the wings, rotating or tilting them for the best position to catch either wind or sun.
Additional stabilizing fins can also rotate out from the boat’s lower fins, allowing Volitan to operate safely in wind up to 60 knots.
Gürsu and Dogan clearly put plenty of effort into making their concept sexy; it took first prizes in both the Transportation and Nautical/Boats categories at the 2007 International Design Awards. Unfortunately, that award underscores the fact that Volitan is still just a concept.