SpeedDream: A Quest To Build The World’s Fastest Boat
The Company, is SpeedDream. Their quest, to build the world’s fastest boat. I had a chance to chat with SpeedDream’s Creative Director Brian Hancock. After fifteen minutes of talking about the America’s Cup, sailing back East and telling me what SpeedDream was all about, I wanted to share what I learned with all of our readers. Here’s a brief Introduction about SpeedDream.
Founded by lifelong sailors Vlad Murnikov and Brian Hancock. Russian born Murnikov wanted to build a sailboat before anyone else in Russia really knew what the sport. It was from that first boat that the vision for SpeedDream was born.
To create the fastest ocean-going sailing monohull, capable of reaching 50+ knots and sailing across Atlantic and around the world in record time.
What Makes These Boats Unique:
Some of the innovations we see from SpeedDream are the Flying Keel and a Stepped Hull.
Here is Some footage of some professional Sailing, including Robert Capita, do a test run in Newport, RI this summer.
This is just an introduction to SpeedDream, but in the next couple months we’ll be posting more of what they’re up to and how they intend to accomplish their goal of being the world’s fastest boat.
Visit their website for more information: SpeedDream Blog
Interview with Robert Capita
Interview with Vlad
“World’s fastest boat, and monohull, have not been used in the same sentence since Nathanael Greene Herreshoff built Amaryllis in 1876! Righting motion translates into speed, and the mono guys can hang a bulb keel as far abeam as they want. The physics are solidly against a mono ever again being the fastest sailboat.
At first glance you would think that you can never make a monohull go as fast as a multihull, but remember a multihull has to become a monohull before it really gets going. A catamaran has to fly a hull to reduce drag before it really picks up speed.
Think of the bulb on SpeedDream’s keel as the windward hull of a catamaran (without the windage). Typically the leeward hulls of catamarans are rounded and not planing surfaces and are inefficient at high speeds. If you can imagine the bulb as the windward hull the boat itself then becomes the leeward hull and the shape of Speeddream’s hull is all about planing. If you can imaging this you can start to believe that a monohull might, just might go as fast as a multi. We are certainly going to give it a go fully appreciating of course that multihulls are very fast.
Thanks Brian for that insight. It’s exciting keeping up with all the progress that SpeedDream is making.