Yanmar and Nauti-Craft team up

Yanmar and Nauti-Craft team up to expand commercial opportunities

The suspension boat at the Japan International Boat Show 2018

Yanmar and Nauti-Craft have entered into a technology transfer agreement with the purpose of commercialising Yanmar’s boats by utilising Nauti-Craft’s patented marine suspension technology.

Cooperation between Yanmar and Nauti-Craft began in 2016 with Yanmar evaluating the technology by constructing a 10-meter suspension boat concept. Yanmar showcased the concept boat at the Japan International Boat Show in Yokohama in March 2018, where it was well received and confirmed the marketability of the technology.

Following the evaluation of the concept boat and further close cooperation to evaluate various market opportunities, Yanmar agreed to an expanded non-exclusive arrangement with Nauti-Craft. The agreement brings the technology under Yanmar’s R&D umbrella for further development and integration with the company’s advanced marine technologies, with a view to commercialisation and mass production of the technology.

"We are very excited to be developing a boat that incorporates the latest technology in the marine domain," says Masanobu Horii, president of Yanmar Shipbuilding & Engineering. "The enhanced stability of the boat gives it smoother handling which results in enhanced boat safety and reduces passenger fatigue."

"Yanmar is a great global company with a rich marine heritage," adds Nauti-Craft founder Chris Heyring. "We are looking forward to supporting Yanmar as it develops and commercialises this exciting technology towards bringing it to the global market."

Nauti-Craft will explore global market applications supported by the Yanmar group’s worldwide network.

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