sea and wind are intimately associated, essentially in the yachting spectrum. a ship has to deal with these elements and it can be the plaything of their power, but also can take benefit from their energy. ancient civilizations were smart enough to achieve this balance. through his design, mathis ruhl encourages naval design to be smart again and imagine how to improve the efficiency of a sailing ship with today’s technology.

‘wind motion 70t’ model designed by architect mathis ruhl



french architect mathis ruhl‘s latest naval project is about efficiency and self-sufficiency. it investigates the optimal shapes for the hull and for the rig to suit a 70-meter autonomous yacht program.

sea and wind are primary factors to consider in naval architecture

mathis ruhl’s latest naval project is about efficiency and self-sufficiency

it investigates the optimal shapes for the hull and for the rig to fit the program

rig criteria diagram

wing types diagram

wing efficiency diagram

configuration diagram



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edited by: apostolos costarangos | designboom

  • As someone enthralled with Hinckley’s Bermuda 40, I was prepared not to like this; such is prejudice. This is a great concept. Well thought out. Yet, I am more than nervous about a reverse stem hitting a container mid-ocean. It would be a shame to lose it on the first voyage.


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