THEORY: To make a faster and safer rescue vessel that is able to go from land to water and back to land. A craft that will take much less horse power and fuel than the standard Hover Craft. A craft that can be a stable platform on arrival and be fast to get back even through the roughest conditions . Like a little bug may of us call a Water Skeeter.
DATE of ORIGIN: May, 2015.
DESCRIPTION: By combining a boat hull with the landing gear of a float plane and the tracks of a snow mobile. Floating on two or four flotation chambers that can be lowered and lifted to lift the boat hull out of the water. The flotation chambers are powered and equipped with a traction tread similar to that of snow mobiles tracks.
Both the starboard and port sides of the boat hull are equipped with a double set of struts that have the ability to rise and lower vertically on hydraulic rams. At the end of the struts there is a flotation chamber. The flotation chambers are capable of floating the hull out of the water when the struts are lowered. Each flotation chamber is powered through a drive train and equipped with a rubber traction belt. The traction belts have collapsible cups for pushing against the water and collapsing when on land.
The idea is for the vessel to walk it’s self down to and into the water on the tracks with the hull just above the ground. This would be done at a slow and controlled speed. Operating the tracks at different speeds would steer the craft left or right.
Once the craft comes up to speed, the hydraulic rams lower, slowly lifting the hull out of the water. The faster the tracks start turning the higher out of the water the hull becomes. Until it appears that the craft is “Running” across the water. With the hull just skimming across the surface of the water.
The faster the vessel goes the higher out of the water the vessel will rise. Until all that is touching the water is the bottom of the floats. Speeds of up to one hundred miles an hour could be achieved in this way with the hull completely out of the water.
Even in a four foot moderate sea the vessel would ride above the waves. The powered flotation chambers would power right through the waves and take all the hits.
On arrival of an accident or rescue the vessel stops and lowers it’s self back down into the water to aid in the rescue with a wide stable platform. Like a boat with two pontoons.
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