New Zealand-based HamiltonJet has unveiled a new range of high-efficiency waterjets, led by the LTX36. Optimized for medium- and low-speed operation, the technology sees waterjets rival the energy efficiency and bollard pull of the best propeller-based systems between 0 and 30kts.
Waterjets have always been an efficient choice for fast travel. Highly optimized pump geometry and the absence of hull appendages have enabled HamiltonJet customers to enjoy fuel savings for many years. But, as HamiltonJet CEO Ben Reed explained, not everyone wants to go fast.
“Our customers’ needs are changing, and so is our environment. We understand that operators not only want to reduce their impact on the environment and lower their energy costs but also maximize efficiency.
“The LTX36 is a game changer. It delivers incredible energy efficiency at low speeds. Customers can enjoy all the benefits they’ve come to expect from HamiltonJet waterjets – shallow draft, maneuverability, and safety of people and marine life in the water – allowing you to do more without compromises.”
To produce such an efficient propulsion system, HamiltonJet looked to nature for inspiration.
“The moon jellyfish expends far less energy than any other swimming animal, evolving over a millennium to become a marvel of jet-propelled efficiency,” explained Reed. “Thankfully, we didn’t take a millennium to design the LTX36. Like its inspiration, the LTX36 uses a large nozzle, lower input energy, lower jet velocity and lightweight structure to achieve its goals. So, whether you’re looking to optimize your entire enterprise or simply gain incremental benefits in maneuvering, loitering and transit, efficiency of propulsion is key.”
The LTX36 features a highly efficient mixed-flow pump design, a compact in-board footprint, narrow width for compact driveline spacing, direct drive capability and refined corrosion protection.