Based in Dunsborough Western Australia, Nauti-Craft Pty Ltd is a small and flexible ‘skunkworks’ style Research and Development team highly experienced in taking radical new concepts from proof-of-concept stage to commercially viable prototypes.
Nauti-Craft Marine Suspension Systems enable a radical departure from conventional marine architecture principles. The suspension systems separate the vessel’s hulls from the deck and superstructure via a ‘passive reactive’ hydraulic suspension system. The hulls react and conform to the ocean surface leaving the deck and superstructure with improved stability. The Nauti-Craft system decouples roll, pitch, warp and heave inputs to maintain a level attitude which provides improved safety for crew transfers, increased passenger comfort, reduced structural loading, improved fuel efficiency, and greater speed to the work location.
Nauti-Craft 4Play prototype video
Nauti-Craft's 8 metre catamaran "2Play" has recently been launched and undergone initial shakedown. Part of the design process has been an extensive dynamic simulation program. Using MSC ADAMS software and Nauti-Craft's proprietary dynamic models, our engineers are able to calculate, analyse and validate a range of forces and motions in a range of operating conditions. See some of our ADAMS simulations and 2Play build progress and shakedown images here..
Nauti-Craft are currently in the final stages of building an 8 metre catamaran demonstration vessel “2Play” (see progress photos here) Plans for a range of further catamaran and quadramaran vessels are also being developed. Nauti-Craft are seeking the participation of potential licensees in the marine manufacturing industry. The creators of Nauti-Craft include the inventor/founder Chris Heyring and other core members of the team that started the automotive suspension technology company Kinetic pty ltd. Suspension systems developed by Kinetic have been used by Mitsubishi in the world’s toughest off-road race, the Dakar and by Citroen’s WRC team in the World Rally Championship both with formidable results. Kinetic systems are now fitted as original equipment to the Toyota Landcruiser and Nissan Patrol and have recently been incorporated into the one of the worlds most advanced supercars, the McLaren MP4 12C. Nauti-Craft inventor, Chris Heyring is also currently involved in the development of the No-Rock table technology which provides a simple and economic solution to the problem of unstable restaurant and cafe tables. www.no-rock.com
Nauti-Craft technology helping to solve £3bn challenge to access offshore wind turbines U.K company “Carbon Trust” has announced that Nauti-Craft’s marine suspension is one of 13 concepts selected from a field of over 450 international entrants in the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator competition. The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator is a ground-breaking research and development initiative focused on strengthening the economics of offshore wind. The competition aims to identify and develop new access systems to dramatically improve the availability of wind turbines and the safety of people during the transfer to turbines.