SECOND GENERATION WAVEPIERCING CATAMARAN
I repeat the heading of my first posting
as it seems to have escaped notice from some members of this board.
I agree entirely, wavepiercing technology has been around for a long time and a lot of un-successful boats have also been build during this time However, we are now talking about the seond generation of wavepiercers which has evolved from the original concept
as to virtually have become a new boat, and all this thanks to the commercial
versions which had the money
to spend on research
and development which we the private yachting fraternity now are reaping the benefit from.
The jaw design on wavepiercing catamarans is critical. First generation designs have knuckled jaws with heavy plate inserts. They need to be continually surveyed for fatigue cracks and repaired. The second generation has an organically shaped jaw with minimal stress concentration and therefore is stronger and structurally reliable.
When you have the time I suggest you follow the suggested link I posted where you will find examples from some of the best designers.