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The hull is the hidden part of the iceberg and it is the key to performance.

 

PERFORMANCE and ENERGY

From Brest and in love with anything that floats, Tanguy Le Bihan created the TLB naval architecture office in 2006. TLB has made a name for itself as a highly innovative office and specialises in hull work, mainly on motorboats, to increase energy performance. His two watchwords are elegance and performance.

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Tanguy Le Bihan: Apart from developing boats for clients we assist, such as Beneteau, we sometimes work on slightly crazy projects that are a little out of the box. They may be crazy, but they do help make progress in research and they widen the field of possibilities. Prompted by the desire to create new things and make progress, we have worked on innovatively designed sailing yachts, with, for example, a very straight bow and a highly specific hull to front.
In 2008, we created an all-carbon and electric motor-powered trimaran: Odonata. We developed this prototype in our garage in Brittany and showed it at the Nautic boat show in Paris. It combines the pleasure of sailing with virtually zero energy consumption and the complete absence of emissions. I remember, when I talked about it to Patrick Tableau, in charge of motorboats development at Beneteau, he said:  “Have you seen electric trucks?”

However, we have come a long way since in how we consider electricity. It is in the back of my mind, while still believing that the market is not ready yet, particularly since this type of technology is still very expensive and also because the major limitation of electricity in motor boating is speed. Whatever one might say, motorboat customers like to go fast. However, I still believe that there is a perfect connection between the sailing yacht and the motorboat and that a part of our future lies here. 

FLYING BOATS

Another project that I have been developing for some time, still in keeping with this performance and environment approach is that of a foiling motorboat (Hydroptère type boat, ‘flying’ boats). Since I am a kite surf fan, I have been interested in this question for a long time. The principle is very simple: the friction you have on the standard hull is reduced by forty, she offers greater performance, better engine output and greater speed. With a foil, fuel consumption is reduced by 10 and you can reach 65 knots with 90 hp. With a standard boat, you would have two multiply the engine power by four to achieve this speed. The future of motor boating also lies here!

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The first collaboration with Beneteau was the Monte Carlo project. First there was the MC5, the MC4 and then the MC6, involving incredible work on the hulls, composites, performance and stability of the boat. Then TLB turned its attention and expertise to enhancing the performance of the new Flyer range, the Barracudas and the Swift Trawler 50.    

Tanguy Le Bihan: The Flyer range was a super project – so different to the competition’s boats and marked by Beneteau’s very strong desire to make a distinctive impact. The AirStep® 2 hull, perfected by Beneteau Powerboat, has incredible seakeeping! 10 months of work was necessary for these new Flyers. What makes this type of project highly technical is that there is a weight variation of nearly 50% between a boat with no options and a full-option boat. In addition, the boat must behave exactly the same in all configurations! These are real constraints and they are increasingly present, since boats are being increasingly equipped and personalised. Such constraints render the project complicated and are very stimulating. Working with the Style&Design office was very rewarding. I am all for each person being responsible for what they know how to do best and making progress together in an intelligent fashion. With my ‘everything must serve a purpose’ engineering background, I have learnt a lot working alongside these designers.  As for Patrick Tableau, we’re very complementary and it is a great pleasure to work with him. In many respects he is my mentor! 

Designs

Swift Trawler 50

Swift Trawler 50

Flagship of the range that reinvented the traditional trawler, the 2016 version of the Swift Trawler 50 offers a greater amount of interior space and light.  For romantic or family getaways, it appeals to all numbers of crew for its intelligently-designed fittings and very easy handling.

Flyer 8.8 SUNdeck

Flyer 8.8 SUNdeck

The flyer 8.8 SUNdeck is a distillation of technology combining exceptional performance at sea and an uncommon level of comfort.Built on second generation Air Step® hull, she will take up to 500 HP engine power and can carry up to 11 people.Driving is a real pleasure on this type of craft, since the Flyer 8.8 sundeck combines sensations, relaxation and safety to perfection.

Flyer 7.7 SPORTdeck

Flyer 7.7 SPORTdeck

The flyer 7.7 SPORTdeck is an outboard brim-full of character with an exclusive sporty-looking design. Her latest generation of Air Step® hull offers incredible driving sensations with a high degree of safety and maximum comfort.

Flyer 6.6 SUNdeck

Flyer 6.6 SUNdeck

With a cockpit and an impressively large forward sun lounger, the Flyer 6.6 SUNdeck gives overp 50 m² to sunbathing. Inside, the cabin makes use of all the available space and allows you to spend the night on board this dayboat. Equipped with the latest generation of Airstep® technology, this outboard speedboat offers cruising comfort second to none.

Flyer 5.5 SPACEdeck

Flyer 5.5 SPACEdeck

The flyer 5.5 SPACEdeck is an astonishingly spacious and uncompromising dayboat carrying 6 people on board for a wide variety of programmes. She is easy to transport on a trailer and features lots of options that make this a very personal outboard speedboat.

Barracuda 8

Barracuda 8

The Barracuda 8 is a highly seaworthy sport fishing boat, thanks to the latest generation of Airstep ® hull. She is protected and also very spacious and welcoming.  A fisher and an adventurer, her Scandinavian spirit makes her perfect for any kind of break.