"Around Rugged Rockall the Ragged Rascals Ran".
~ Mike Townshend
World Record Wave Piercer
What is a VSV? The acronym stands for Very Slender Vessel, the needle-like Maryslim, a 72 feet wave-piercing, tide ripping yacht designed, created, and crafted by Multimarine Composites Ltd.
"Not everything in life has to be a compromise. Not all boats have to be the same". Despite the dramatic growth in pleasure boat manufacture around the world in recent years, many of the modern powerboats produced look much the same as the next. Now this truly revolutionary boat has turned heads around the globe by setting a new world record (confirmed by the Union Internationale Motonautique & Royal Yachting Association).
On Monday 16th June 2014, Maryslim completed a 53 hour, 29 minute, 52 second run from Portland Bill to the remote island of Rockall (located 162 nautical miles due west of St. Kilda, Scotland). This mammoth run was achieved in relative comfort by a crew of dedicated sailors lead by the Maryslim's skipper 'The Hoff'.
The 72 feet VSV (Very Slender Vessel), named Maryslim, enables bold and intrepid explorers to travel quickly, safely and with the maximum fun-factor to boot. This pioneering powerboat features wave-piercing technology that allows it to plough through storms no other vessel would dare to tackle. Her revolutionary design makes the Maryslim ideal for cruising the globe and adventuring in the most adverse of conditions with minimal crew.
The stylish and ultra-sleek boat can cut through waves in any conditions thanks to the extremely sharp line of her bow. The hull and windscreen have been constructed to submerge several feet and withstand a pressure of 10,231 lbs (5 tonnes) of water – so when bad weather is turning regular powerboats back to port, the Maryslim heads confidently out to sea. Yeah!
Rockall Run Crew
Richard Reddyhoff - Skipper
Ed Gilliver - Chief Engineer
Jan Falkowski - Powerboat Champion & Expedition Psychologist
Mike Townshend - Expedition Photographer
Seb Coulthard - Jack of All Trades
Powerplant & Steering
Propulsion is provided by a 1750 hp V12 8.45 gal twin turbocharged Caterpillar engine combined with a Rolls Royce Kamewa water jet. Stability is maintained by Mercury K-Plane trim tabs.
Chief Engineer Ed Gilliver, Managing Partner of Mechanical Services Ltd based in Portland, Dorset accepted the challenge of looking after all machinery onboard Maryslim. After various inspections at sea and upon completion of the run at Portland Marina, Ed said: "The engine did not miss a beat, it's an amazing piece of kit".