POSTED: 12:34 p.m. HST, Jul 11, 2012
Honolulu-based naval architect Navatek Ltd. has received its 29th patent, this time for a boat hull design that improves stability and reduces hydrodynamic drag.
Steven Loui, Navatek founder and president, was one of three inventors listed on the patent. The other inventors are Lorne Campbell and Mealani Parish. The patent is Navatek’s first to be handled by a Honolulu law firm, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel.
According to the patent the design features a main center hull and two smaller outer hulls, or “amas,” configured to form vent ducts that create an area of lift under the vessel.
Navatek. was founded in 1979 and has 47 employees and annual sales of $17 million, according to the company’s website.