World's First Manned Nanocomposite Boat Will Chase Pirates At 70km/h

The new Zyvex Marine LRV-17 Long Range Vessel is a special kind of boat. The world's first manned water vessel made of nanocomposites, its hull is reinforced with carbon nanotubes to make it tougher and stronger — which is why it's going to be used to chase pirates.

The boat has a range of more than 1500 nautical miles — almost three times that of similar-sized boats — and it can hit 40 knots in the right conditions. That's all helped along by the fact that its nanocomposite constitution makes it significantly lighter (read: faster and more efficient). The boat needs just two operators, but the 17m craft can accommodate seven passengers in total for up to four days.

Its deep V-shaped hull uses active gyroscope stabilisation to make it highly manoeuvrable as well as fast. That's why the first boats are being purchased by Global Maritime Security Solutions, based in Dubai, to police piracy off the coast of Africa. Bad luck, pirates. [Zyvex Marine via Design News]


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    "Nanocomposite Boat"
    Nice little fluff piece about a boat. Absolutely nothing about the subject of the headline. Would have been nice if we knew how it was made and applied here eH?

      That's because they haven't let on what the nano composites do, I have a sneaking suspicion they make rocket launchers morph out of the sides.

        and self repair, also allows it to turn into a submarine :D

    "That’s why the first boats are being purchased by Global Maritime Security Solutions, based in Dubai, to police piracy off the coast of Africa. Bad luck, pirates."

    The second batch will be purchased by the pirates. Bad luck GMSS?

    If it "can hit 40 knots in the right conditions", how does it travel at 70 km/h? Does it have a catapult launch system from aircraft carriers?

      Errr... 40 knots is 74.08km/h dude.

    40 knots = 74km/h. On flat water is my guess

    But I will say, where did you get the 7 people from? The spec sheet says 2 operators + 4 support.
    And it also stipulates that range, speed and endurance are dependent on final configuration.

    Sea Shepard could use one of these.

    One person to steer the ship another to man the rocket launcher? I hope it has a kevlar layer too. Guess it wont take long for the pirates to shoot the 2 crew and add a fast speed boat to their fleet.

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