The Flying Fish

Volitan is a new lightweight and futuristic concept boat for everyday peeps like you and I. Using solid sails, wind power and solar energy, the Volitan will also be the greenest on the seas. Her name comes from  a word that means “flying fish” which she sorta looks like when her sails are down.

The Volitan’s  systems are controlled and optimized by a networked computer. Whilst sailing, wind and solar energy are harnessed and stored in the boat’s batteries, enough to stay operational thru day and night.

Dynamic stability is key to wing design and is affected by various weather conditions. To compensate the boat’s wings track the sun and wind for optimal power. In extreme weather conditions, they fold up against the boat but have no fear because the Volitan is engineered to operate in up to 60 knot winds.

The floating wings (moving panels with DC motors) on the sides of the boat were designed to fore and support the moving solar wings performance and overall stability. The motors on both sides of the boat are placed in such so navigation performance is maximized. The vessel can easily turn on a dime thanks to the two smaller stabilizer wings  and when docking the sails retract and tuck away neatly.

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Designer: Designnobis Studio


  • Tim Galikson says:

    This boat is the International Design award 2007 category 1. winner in best nautical /boat and best transportation vehicle of the year in IDA . She is Designed by Dr. Hakan Gursu (TR) and assistant designer Sözüm Dogan (TR) both are the officials member of Designnobis Studio .

    great and greenest design 🙂 on the sea. designnobis is one of the top design studio of of the year. See the flogger chair, vice versa and more on the net.

  • Basak Haznedaroglu says:

    It is very sensitive about the rising issues of today like alternative energy resource, green and eco design. Also it is great to see that it is appreciated by one of the most prestigious design competitions of the world. It should enlight the new generation to think beyond tradition for designing the future.
    Well, i hope they continue to surprise the world:)

  • hoze says:

    hey this is a rily cool design,a brea throgh toward green designs.

  • Jawzxy says:

    And thus the X-wing makes it comeback in a way nobody had imagined…

  • Mirolator says:

    Wind power for a boat? That’s strange……

  • Beyond The Tech says:

    I’d buy this thing on looks alone.

  • Vonckx says:

    If you go for it you go all the way or not,
    If you construct the main pillar out of perforated metal, you can even enter a horizontal wind turbines, + if it is build for salt water you can add electrolysis producing energy directly out of salt water.

  • chris says:

    i see no way of these solid ‘sails’ working to propell the craft any more than 1knot in perfct conditions. Also, its gets energy from the wind? and its solar panels?

    I think you will have to do a little more research on the efficiency of solar panels, and the amount required to drive a ship. – this boat does only 5-6 knots, and has a higher percentage of solar panels in camparison to drag, compared to your design.

    This boat will sail, but slowly..and only under solar power, not wind….which makes this design nothing unique at all, as solar boats have been around for years.

    Design award or not, this boat needs adjustments and redesigning.

    • mustafa says:

      is this chris greek? thats why…

    • Mike says:

      Sound words, Chris. It’s always good to think critically and not just blindly adore designs based on looks.

      My thoughts are:
      Solid sail — that’s a sound and proven concept. These sails work like wings and rely solely on the (sideways) lift generated by air passing them rather than “catching air” like a bag. Modern fabric sails actually also do just that.
      Looking at other working solid sail boats, the size of the seems smallish but feasible.

      Solar panels — indeed, even covering every bit of that boat in solar panels wouldn’t amount to more than is enough to run maybe the onboard electrical equipment and lighting.
      Boats running on solar power are build lighter and with more exposed surfaces than this one, and sail very slowly.

      Side fins — apart from generating lots of drag for a boat that already isn’t going to be that fast (assuming the engines are used to the minimum necessary, as the vision states),
      I don’t see what they are good for. Seems to be there mostly for looks.

      Flying – if that’s not just a styling-related metaphor, then flying seems out of the question. For that purpose, far larger wings and a truly aerodynamic plane-like fuselage is required. Not to mention some serious motors to propell it to 120 knots or so…

  • celentanno says:

    Hi? i thin it easy

  • chris is an idiot says:

    chris your an idiot

  • sirius says:

    it shows the creativity of Turks:-)

  • Hakan says:

    Volitan is perfect design. I admired its desing. It was designed excellent in every respect.

  • eric says:

    have they actually tested this technology?
    it seems a tad hard to believe

  • Macossay says:

    Wow. The Turks have certainly proven they can make a really nice picture of a boat. But running a 220hp motor on solar power seems to lack imagination. Why not cold fusion instead? Or, what the hell, just get rid of the energy source completely and run it on crystals and psychic power.

  • Antonio S. Esguerra says:

    Turning the solar panel to become sail is more efficient.

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