Proteus, ‘a new class of vessel’

Energy & Sustainability

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Back in October of 2006 our sharp eyed MAKE readers spotted a strange water craft and ultimately figured out what it was, here’s a story about it’s debut by the SF Chronicle —

“The strangest vessel made its formal premiere Thursday on San Francisco Bay, and it was a sight to see: It looked like a spider, wiggled over the waves like a porpoise, and was fast as the wind.

It is named the Proteus, after a Greek god of the sea, and is the first of what might be a long line of wave adaptive modular vessels — WAM-V for short — developed by Ugo Conti, an engineer and inventor. Conti calls it “the prototype of a new class of vessel.” Thanks Wonko Link.


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