Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Boating Press Invited to Test New Hull Design at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Members of the media interested in seeing and experiencing the amazing revolutionary technology in hull and keel design out of Iceland will be able to photograph the boat and go out on the boat during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 1-5.

AffAirAction Corporation is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Rafnar, the Icelandic company that developed the patented OK Hull into seacraft.

A sea trial is available to the press, depending on availability. Please contact Judy Rakowsky ASAP to reserve a spot.

The revoutionary hull and keel design from an Icelandic company that has impressed the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard will be demonstrated at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 1-5.

Iceland's patented OK Hull has fared well in the harshest conditions of the North Atlantic, allowing for a gentler motion of the vessel through the water. Long before the 2017 killer series of hurricanes and cyclones, Össur Kristinsson, who already was a global leader in the prosthetics technology, developed the technology to redefine the fundamentals of sea travel and founded the company Rafnar. Its application vastly improves safety, stability and sea-worthiness. It also significantly improves energy efficiency.

Rafnar's first U.S. distributor is AffAirAction Corporation, a Fort Lauderdale based company that specializes in maritime products, in particular superyachts, and caters to the U.S. and international luxury yachting markets. Rafnar crafts offer customers safety and comfort beyond what is otherwise attainable in the market.

AffAirAction's President Patrick Estebe, said, "This boat is amazing. In a way, that is part of the problem. As Rafnar crafts do not behave like any other boats, convincing people of the benefits they deliver requires having them ride and drive the boat themselves."

Estebe said, the boats "provide exceptional control over one's perimeter and zone of responsibility, but by not slamming they are able to deliver these benefits in absolute comfort and safety for operators, crew and passengers".

Rafnar is currently in talks with a number of possible strategic partners in the US that are likely to eventually become Rafnar representatives, both towards U.S. federal, state and local governments and entities as well as towards the commercial and leisure markets.

The same vessel that fared well in rough seas of the North Atlantic, the Embla, underwent six weeks of sea trials and demonstrations in the Carribean this summer before it was shipped up to Norfolk, VA where it was introduced to Navy, Coast Guard, customs, law enforcement and harbor authorities. From Nov. 1-5 it will be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

In 2011, Rafnar started making crafts for the Icelandic Coast Guard and search and rescue associations, which are among the most demanding end-users of tactical vessels in the North Atlantic. In May 2016, to demonstrate the advantages of the OK Hull, three Rafnar employees and a senior commander of the Icelandic Coast Guard embarked on an extreme voyage: A Reverse Viking Journey from Iceland to the Faroe Islands, Shetland, Norway and Sweden. Sailing on the Embla, a Leiftur 1100 series Rafnar boat, was a record breaking experience, as never before has a vessel of this type and length ventured on this journey. Covering some 1.307 nautical miles, Embla kept up an average speed of 26.4 knots.

Conditions in the North Atlantic can be extreme, a more stable hull/keel design can be a deciding factor when battling the element. See an example of seafaring conditions:

Rafnar has also approached and been approached by a number of US production yards on the East Coast, who have expressed interest in working together to produce crafts from fiberglass and aluminum.

The OK Hull is marketed through Rafnar, a company headed by a senior banker turned boat builder. Björn Jónsson left his job as a senior banker at an Icelandic Bank in Luxembourg to move his family back to Iceland in 2010. A career change came when Ossur Kristinsson tapped him to work on his innovative hull and keel, and OK Hull became Rafnar. Together with a team of highly motivated employees they are commercializing the revolutionary new hull design for boats and ships, now patented worldwide.

Here is their Linkedin page: