Sailing ships were largely dominated by a common concept: the mast is always on centerline. The sails are always on centerline. But a new yacht concept named Ankida offers a new option.
Let us review a few of the fascinating features for the sail plan alone
Now, I am sure there are many practical naval architects out there who will point out the complexity of this system. And I will agree that the complexity is a concern. But lets not criticize too quickly. We need to give credit to the inventive people at Lila-Lou for creating this concept.
And the innovation doesn’t stop with the sail plan. The yacht itself has some very interesting features.
The first video is beautiful introduction to Ankida and shows how it works under various points of sail.
The second video provides a better breakdown of Ankida’s components and how they get used on various points of sail.
Ankida has me excited because I see applications with this mast on larger commercial vessels. The vertical axis wind turbines can be scaled up to use the entire mast height and generate far more electricity for propulsion. And the mast landing on the side provides less interference for cargo unloading operations.
Now don’t go out and order an Ankida cargo vessel. Certainly, there would be plenty of challenges. But this post is about the concept. And the possibilities of this concept are truly exciting.
Want to learn more about Ankida. You can visit the designers website here: