Scientists unveil invisible boat
A top secret experiment to produce a boat that is completely invisible to the human eye is being hailed as a massive success by the global marine industry. US physicists, engineers and specialist boat builders worked tirelessly for 8 years on £2.4bn ‘Project Sea-Through’ and have now revealed their 30ft motor yacht (pictured left) to the world’s media.
The work was completed by a syndicate of marine futurologists, with the bulk of the $2.4bn provided by a secret donor. It’s not yet clear whether these boats will be manufactured for military, leisure or comedic use. Project leader Chuck O’Hare hinted at a press conference that publicity-shy, super-rich celebrities might be interested in cavorting onboard invisible boats. “Being on a massive yacht is already totally awesome. Imagine if it were invisible too? This opens up endless possibilities.”
So how has this incredible effect been achieved?
Solar Photovoltaic technology – normally used in generating solar energy – has been combined with a light refracting system on the skin of the boat to ensure light is directed away from the boat’s exterior. The effect to the human eye is that the boat literally ‘disappears’ as soon as light touches any surfaces.
“The one downside is that without sunlight the effect of invisibility wears off,” explained O’Hare. “But luckily once it’s dark it’s hard to see boats anyway.”
Some sailing organisations are angry at the development. Sally Hambledon, president of the Chartered Royal Offshore Sailors Society (CROSS) commented: “My view is that invisible boats will cause absolute chaos on our oceans and inland waterways. We are campaigning for these ridiculous vessels to be banned immediately. Or at least fitted with loud horns, day-glo stripes and big flags.”
Olympic sailing supremo Sir Bill Ainsworth has given the project his blessing. He tweeted: #Crikey! How cool is @project-sea-through? #invisible #boats @Americas_Cup #brilliant #fun!!
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Photo: Jay Wennington