“AS SOMEONE WHO REVIEWS OVER 500 BOATS ANNUALLY, I AM GENUINELY IMPRESSED BY ARMUS. ITS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY, DURABILITY AND POSITIVE IMPACT ON BOAT PERFORMANCE ARE TRULY REMARKABLE.
MOREOVER, IT OFFERS A SOLUTION THAT MINIMIZES ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS AND MAINTAINS A PLEASING APPEARANCE, DISTINGUISHING ITSELF FROM TRADITIONAL ANTI-FOUL OPTIONS.
GOING FORWARD, I WHOLEHEARTEDLY INTEND TO USE THE HULL PRO COATING ON ALL MY FUTURE BOAT EVALUATIONS.”
METHOD OF TESTING
- LES MANS LMP1 Modified to record NMEA / Vessel View Engine Data Logger
- 3-Axis Gyro and GPS tracking data loggers applied to both deck and helm positions. Calibrated by racing professionals.
- Consistent fuel loads and weight for each test run
- Figures represent a 4-way average. Recordings made downwind, upwind, with tide & against
- Each time the craft is run, engine height and prop are same as testing without coating
- Each run is recorded by Race Technology Inc with raw data provided to TIDE Media Limited
- Each test run is driven by British Powerboat Champion, UIM World Speed Record Holder & Expedition Leader; Tom Montgomery-Swan
- Each test made on consistent weather to record accurate readings
- Each data file analyzed using the very latest motorsport software
- One 46ft support vessel used to verify data and provide photography of test session
PURSUE PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMY WITH ARMUS HULL PRO
Brief to TIDE Media Limited / tom Montgomery-Swan:
TIDE, Europe’s premier Marine Creative Agency and esteemed technical consultants for performance boats, spearheaded by Champion Racer Tom Montgomery-Swan, undertook a comprehensive series of technical tests.
The objective was to asses the practical disparities in performance between standard and treated hull surfaces using the cutting-edge Armus Hull Pro coating.
The very latest motorsport data recorders to be used to gain accurate figures and thus be able to make informed decisions on any potential benefits.
2022 BRABUS SHADOW 300,
BASED UPON THE AXOPAR 25 PLATFORM
HULL: Brabus SH300 / Axopar 25
ENGINE: Mercury Racing 300R
FUEL ONBOARD: 150L
NO. OF CREW: 1-100kgs
WEATHER @ TEST LOCATION: 500
REPORT: Armus had no negative impact on speed performance. In mid-range cruising, the vessel saw a 0.5-2 knot speed increase at the same RPM range, showing engine working less to achieve higher speeds.
INSIGHTS: Mid-range Cruising Performance Increase. No negative impact like traditional ant-foul paints.
NOTE: Traditionally this hull performs -5mph with anti-foul coatings.
REPORT: Armus had no negative impact on fuel consumption. In mid-range cruising to top RPM, the single 300 enginge improved fuel consumption by 8 liters an hour. Considerable considering this is one engine on a small family vessel.
2 GALLONS PER HOUR SAVING
INSIGHTS: Mid-range fuel savings up to full speed show fuel savings. Fuel savings between 1-2 US gallons per hour.
During extensive tests in a variety of conditions, we saw no negative or marginal improved performance. A big win verses traditional hull protective coatings.
With passengers or as one test pilot, in a variety of conditions, the team saw consistent fuel savings. When this is scaled to larger craft, the savings for the Captain potentially can be considerable.
New technology is emerging with transparent coatings, however most do not last or endure dry-stack or repeated launching. We found the coating to be harder wearing and give a great finish, not diminishing from the beautify of the main hull structure.
“FINALLY, A HULL PROTECTION THAT DOESN’T IMPACT PERFORMANCE.”
- Tom Montgomery-Swan, Powerboat Champion