It's 88 ft. long, 40 ft. across the beam, weighs 45 tons and carries 2,000 sq. ft. of cargo, but the carbon-fiber M80 Stiletto draws only 3 ft. of water, making it uniquely suited for naval missions in shallow water. The M80 achieves its remarkable draft with a specially sculpted hull that lets air and water flow underneath to reduce wind resistance and generate lift. Capable of speeds of up to 50 knots (58 m.p.h.), the ship is intended for military use, but similar technology is used in fishing boats, yachts and even water taxis that cross Venice's shallow canals.
Most Innovative New Product
M Ship Co.’s revolutionary M80 Stiletto was named as the Most Innovative New Product for 2006 in the General Technology category at CONNECT’s annual MIP Awards. Read the news article.
The Wahoo Sailing Dinghy received an Industrial Design Excellence Award in 2003 for its safe, simple and fun way for more people to sail using a patented M-hull design that needs no centerboard and greatly improves stability with its manta-ray wings. More info.
The One-Design Class Schock 40, sporting CBTF technology, was dubbed "Boat of the Year 2001" by Sailing World Magazine.