The wave-piercing catamaran HOVERSPEED GREAT BRITAIN completed a transatlantic crossing from New York to Bishop's Rock Lighthouse in the Scilly Isles in 3 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes at an average speed of 36.6 knots. The crossing was 2 hours and 45 minutes faster than the previous record held by the SS UNITED STATES. The Catamaran's owners claimed the Hales Trophy for the Blue Riband of the Atlantic, established in 1935 for unrefueled crossings in vessels designed for carrying passengers. The HOVERSPEED GREAT BRITAIN is powered by four Ruston RK270 diesel engines, each developing 3650 kW at 750 r/min. The choice of this engine is considered unusual for this type of application but its purpose was to avoid the need for gearboxes.

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  • Accession Number: 00661226
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM