Looking at this interesting amalgam of a boat and a helicopter makes one wonder if putting a helicopter-styled body on a boat an attention seeking stunt or just a curious attempt at science exploration?
The answer of course, is a bit of both. Helicat LLC is an example of a catamaran combined to a helicopter. For those who don’t know what that is, Wikipedia defines a catamaran (“cat” for short) as “a multi-hulled vessel consisting of two parallel hulls of equal size.” The idea of the creators is to combine the fast, steady, and frivolous properties of catamaran hull with a captivating heli design making it perfect for rough water, with the bounded cockpit giving added advantage against water collection inside like in a conventional catamaran.
This Washington based Helicat 22 is manufactured with dual 60-hp and dual 90-hp model engines topping speeds of 69 km/h with the latter while 48 km/h through whitecap waves- call it a shooting star in rough waters!
This amazing invention is making appearances at all major boat shows since its launch last year and the good price only adds to its popularity. The 60 hp model engines are being priced at US$74,900, but good news is that Helicat is also advertising a demo unit for just $64,900 and a prototype for $29,900 (additional shipping costs about $5,000 in the US and $6,000 in other parts of the world apply accordingly).
Checkout the Helicat in its full swing on the water in the video below and imagine the thrill.