A pioneering project has been launched which aims to design, build and sail the world's first full-sized (32m), fully autonomous unmanned ship across the Atlantic Ocean.
The Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship, codenamed MARS, is being developed by a partnership of Plymouth University, autonomous craft specialists MSubs and Shuttleworth Design.
To find out more about Project MARS click here.
"Look Who Stole The Future - Bill Springer salutes the "disrupters" - boatbuilders and designers who dare to be different and still make it work." To read the full article click here.
To find out more about the Shuttleworth 32M power trimaran click here.
To find out more about the Shuttleworth 70M trimaran superyacht click here.
To find out more about the Shuttleworth 80m trimaran superyacht click here.
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Shuttleworth Design has recently created a development of the highly successful Tektron 35. All the major components of the boat have been reviewed and redesigned as necessary to bring this concept fully up to date. A true open ocean voyager, with a long list of ocean crossings behind her sister ships, this will provide the ultimate combination of cruising and fun sailing.
Mark and Susie Hicks have sold their Shuttle 31 "Aleph". For more about the Shuttle 31 design click here.
"I thought I'd let you know that Suze and I (with a friend crewing) have made it across the Atlantic in Aleph. We had a pretty gruelling crossing... After a perfect 'trade-wind' day at the start where we covered over 190 miles in 24 hours we rarely saw less than 25 knots of wind and for several days had 30+ with squalls in the 40s. We also enjoyed large confused seas as the easterly windswell from the strong trades mixed unpredictably with a pretty hefty swell from the north generated by the huge lows that pounded the UK over Christmas and NY. On occasion the cross swells were very large and we had to keep the speed down to stay safe which was frustrating. The asymmetric spinnaker I bought for the trip stayed in its bag and instead a tiny storm jib I hoped to never deploy stayed up for almost half of the passage. I didn't even do any fishing!
"The boat performed brilliantly as always, refusing to bury the bows even during some .. steep .. surfs and shipping very little water.
"Incidentally we also encountered an unforecast F9 gale off the coast of Morocco in November where I towed warps and chain to slow us down. We'd found ourselves surfing under bare poles but after deploying the warps the boat sat quietly, making 4-5 knots for the most part and happy under the tiller pilot.
"Anyway we're very, very much enjoying the Caribbean now and don't plan any long passages any time soon! We plan to stay here until April and then return to the UK by air, leaving the boat in Antigua."
In August 2013 Mazda approached John Shuttleworth with the offer of appearing in their Challenger advertising campaign. The Mazda team felt that John's interest in fuel economy and "blank sheet of paper" approach to the design of the Adastra trimaran matched the philosophy of their new SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Discussions with the Mazda production team revealed many similarities in the way both Shuttleworth Design and the Mazda engineers have challenged convention in the drive to create fuel efficient vehicles, whether on land or at sea.
John participated in creating advertisements for TV, cinema, web and print. The Shuttleworth designed Adastra trimaran uses one seventh of the fuel of a conventional superyacht of the same size, and can travel halfway around the world on one tank of fuel. The webisode shows the story of how John came to design the vessel with stunning shots of Adastra underway.
For more about the design go to Malahini - Designs
Up against a field of 19 of the best superyachts in the world today, John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs was presented with the Naval Architecture - motor yachts award, at the Showboats Awards 2013 Ceremony at Monaco Opera House.
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The judges gave the nod to Adastra for her "clean sheet of paper approach" to problem-solving, and noted that her tank tests, as well as the physical evidence provided by designs of similar theory indicate "this yacht will have the best performance in the most sea states of all those presented".
1. Exterior Design and Styling
2. Naval Architecture
3. Holistic Design
4. Newcomer of the Year.
Left to right - Orion Shuttleworth, Baccarat sponsor, John Shuttleworth, Baccarat sponsor, Mark Evans (McConaghy Boats).John and Orion Shuttleworth have just returned from the prize giving ceremony in Istanbul where they proudly accepted the 'Judges Commendation for Most Innovative Design'.
"Adastra was very different. A remarkably low hull weight of 52 tonnes, a usable volume of 132
GT and a top speed of 23.2 knots, combined with her dynamic exterior shape and extremely low fuel
burn of around 20 litres/hour at her economical 10.5 knot cruising speed, led the jury to award a
judges commendation for extremely innovative design."
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Shuttleworth Design was responsible for her exterior design, naval architecture, structural design and interior layout.