French founder and pilot of l'Hydroptere has unveiled his new prototype in Switzerland

Alain Thébault, founder and pilot of the Hydroptère project, and Jean-Mathieu Bourgeon, scientific manager of the project, have unveiled their new prototype l’Hydroptè – a 35ft catamaran – at the Decision SA shipyard in Ecublens, Switzerland, which will soon be launched on Lake Geneva.

l’Hydroptè will help the design team in conceiving l’Hydroptère maxi, the purpose of which is to beat the most famous oceanic records and to follow Jules Verne’s vision of ‘flying around the planet’. The boats will attempt all the major records: pure speed, an Atlantic crossing, a Pacific crossing and a circumnavigation.

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