How to squeeze a catamaran into a single berth

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Receiving a special prize in the previous igus vector awards, FUTURA Yacht systems was recognised for its truly unique yacht concept. It is the world’s first variable-width high-sea catamaran built using igus components.

“These double-hull boots always need two adjacent berths in the harbour – which is very expensive and usually impossible to book in the peak season,” explains e-chain director Justin Leonard. “Lifting these double-hulled vessels out of the water is also extremely difficult, since there are only a few cranes available that can accommodate widths of up to eight metres.”

In this week’s video, we see how the patent-protected system, adjusts the width of the high-sea catamaran to just 4.85 metres. This enables it to use the infrastructures of single-hull ships in the harbour. A combination of E04 series energy chains and linear guides from the drylin family offer all the necessary characteristics to deal with the torsion load and realise adjustment perfectly.

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