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HULL OF A TENDER


The new series of the RAFNAR Leisure-Explorer RIB-tenders brings the radical ÖK Hull Technology to the luxury superyacht market


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ollowing a number of years of use in the commercial, military, and explorer sectors of operation in rough and extreme weather conditions, Rafnar presents


a series of luxury leisure RIBs and support boats that incorporate the acclaimed and patented ÖK Hull technology. Superyacht owners are now able to enjoy this astounding comfort at sea during long tender voyages between their yacht at anchor and their favourite port or restaurant destination - or to a distant airport for their onward travel. A lunchtime voyage from Monaco to St Tropez or Corsica at last becomes a comfortable and pleasurable ‘walk-in-the- park’ for the discerning yacht owner.


This new hull form is the result of an engineering re-think about flow-and-passage of water around a displacement type hull. Given that high-speed ‘planing’ and ‘semi-planing’ craft tend to drive at least resistance only on the surface of the


water and are consequently often unstable, experiencing the uncomfortable bounce-and-slam, this patented ÖK hull- form provides an interesting and hugely beneficial alternative with its ‘soft-ride’.


By adopting displacement type thinking for high speed boats in moderate to rough weather conditions, and by overcoming the resistance that is usually encountered by a displacement boat moving through the resistant water, the Rafnar ÖK Hull craft achieves an unusual passage motion, maintaining enhanced stability and comfort while still achieving unusually high speeds not normally achievable in displacement type craft.


Rafnar craft are able to carry a large number of crew and equipment, while still maintaining high speeds. The activity of alongside maneuvering with personnel and equipment


74 | SUMMER 2017 | ONBOARD


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