(CNN) – The French ship Chantiers de l’Atlantique is planning to build an 80-meter-long, blueboard, fiberglass and carbon-powered cruise ship.
Laurent Castaing, general manager of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, said the team had identified the longboat as an eco-tourism solution. However, cruises require large sailboats, which the team found difficult to build with existing technology and fabric.
So the shipping crew decided what was right and what was different.
The design results in a similar effect, when the ship transports it, “unanimously,” along with a folding panel that creates a port used to harbor engines and transmitters – so it is not entirely dependent on strong winds.
The ship’s captain can also rotate and tilt, which the ship says will enable cruise ships to sail under bridges – including the Panama Canal.
Chantiers de l’Atlantique released this yacht in action, in the design of a yacht they called Silenseas.
Courtesy of Chantiers de l’Atlantique
The Solid Sail / AeolDrive has been in service for decades – and testing is ongoing, so it may take some time before these ships can be launched.
There are several stages of testing, from the first phase, to the piloting of small jets on the J80, to the present – the installation of a giant yacht on a 38-meter yacht in the fall, which will extend to a 95-meter yacht in 2022.
French sailor Jean Le Cam also took part in a test run, testing the first teen boat in his yacht, as well as a 90-meter fishing boat that sailed across the Atlantic Ocean.
The venue says this “attracts a lot of attention” from industry players.
The future of boating
Chantiers de l’Atlantique considers the Solid Sail / AeolDrive product still viable for the superyacht market, but it was designed with the cruise ship in mind, much like the Silenseas show.
Cruises are still under construction, and there seems to be an industry interest in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipping concept.