Not a Helipad. A Landing Pad.

This Trimaran concept by Winch Design has enough runway for an AgustaWestland AW609.

January 19, 2016
The Trimaran’s design displays a LOA capable of carrying an AgustaWestland AW609 aircraft. Courtesy Winch Design

Already have a yacht with a helipad? Want one that can land a private plane carrying six to nine passengers plus a couple of crew?

Enter what London-based Winch Designs is calling, simply, its Trimaran concept. The yacht has a length overall of 328 feet and a beam just shy of 69 feet, enough for a landing strip—and stowage of—an AgustaWestland AW609 aircraft.

The Trimaran’s wide design allows for larger guest spaces. Courtesy Winch Design

The AgustaWestland is a tiltrotor design, which means its engine pods rotate, allowing the propellers to go from horizontal to vertical position. The idea is that the aircraft can land in tighter spaces than commercial airstrips, pretty much vertically like a helicopter.

The Trimaran concept has a large enough beam to land an AW609 aircraft. Courtesy Finmeccanica

Winch’s team didn’t release interior renderings, but a company representative tells us the trimaran design also allows for large guest spaces. The yacht’s estimated speed is 26 to 28 knots using what Winch Designs calls “fairly standard diesel engines that would not achieve these speeds on a monohull this size.”

Very cool.

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