I have seen a couple design contests around. I love these. WoodenBoat has . It asks for a small power boat with low fuel use, a response to the rising costs of boating. Here are the specs:
- 166 to 186 overall length, stem to stern (transom)
- 25-hp maximum power
- Must burn less than 2 gallons per hour while maintaining a 15-knot cruising speed and carrying 650 lbs (four adults or equivalent)
- Trailerable weight (with engine) must be less than 2,700 lbs
- Must be able to safely (if not comfortably) get home against a steady 15-knot breeze with higher gusts, and a 2′ to 3′ chop
An open contest like this, with a focus on solutions to a noted issue, is incredibly cool. There will definitely be more and better ideas to emerge from this casting of a wide net. It will be exciting to see what innovation comes out of this.