When Catamaran Met Hovercraft: Our guest is Bruce Barsumian, founder and president of MACS Research, parent company of Axcell Yachts.
We'll be talking about the new AXCELL 650 Catamaran Sport Yacht and its proprietary HybridAir Technology. In designing this remarkable craft, Barsumian borrowed a few ideas from the hovercraft market and developed a new surface effect hull form with large, open air chambers in the bottom of each of the catamaran's hulls. Each hull is injected with with pressurized air. The result? Approximately 50 percent of the vessel's weight is supported on an air cushion that separates most of the hull's running surface from the water.