SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - M Ship Co. today (May 9, 2006) announced the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research has awarded the firm a $750,000 contract, including options, to validate the potential of the innovative M-hull technology.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - Following a better-than-expected sea trial, the Pentagon’s Office of Force Transformation (OFT) has ordered additional equipment for the M80 Stiletto so the experimental vessel can participate in special forces training exercises beginning this month.
M Ship Co., an award winning maritime design firm, launches the first sport fishing boat featuring the patented M-hull into the recreational market. The remarkable Wave Eater M 40, built at Knight & Carver YachtCenter in San Diego, California, combines sleek styling and phenomenal ride quality for unparalleled performance over conventional boats on the market today.
M Ship Co. has been awarded a $6 million contract to build the M80 Stiletto, an advanced technology demonstration craft. It will be used by the Department of Defense to validate high speed, smooth ride quality and stealth characteristics of the company’s patented M-hull design and explore the scalability of dynamic lift technology. The lightweight carbon fiber composite craft will demonstrate special operation capabilities by launching and retrieving an 11-meter RIB, a 36-foot auxiliary craft for Navy Special Forces. It also will launch and operate unmanned vehicles. With a length of 80 feet and a width of 40 feet, the M80 Stiletto will provide accommodations for 15 persons and a large open area for installation of alternative weapon systems.
Because of an exciting period of growth for M Ship Co., the company has relocated from its 1,000 square-foot office in the First National Bank building in downtown San Diego, CA, into Suite 2125, a 3,031 square-foot office in the same building. The company also has nearly doubled its number of employees, specifically to address the needs of two recently awarded contracts.
Mangia Onda Company, now called M SHIP CO, has secured a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award to develop and evaluate the M-hull design for future U.S. Navy ships.
Mangia Onda, a division of M SHIP CO, and Siewert Design were recently honored with the Bronze Award in the 2003 Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition for their collaboration designing the Wahoo Sailing Dinghy. The innovative sailboat design won the award based on judging criteria including design innovation, benefit to the user and business, ecological responsibility and aesthetic appeal. The Wahoo shared the spotlight with the best and hottest designers of products such as the BMW Mini Cooper and Palm PDA.
Mangia Onda Company, which has been gaining publicity as makers of “wave-eating” fast and smooth-riding motorboats, has now branched off into sailboats. The new dinghy is colorful and fun, yet safe and easy to handle. Although it differs from its parent boats at Mangia Onda in that it is not motor-driven, the dinghy retains the same basic hull design to ensure stability and a smooth ride. While the Wahoo will hold adults, it is geared mainly for use by children, so safety and stability were two of our key concerns.
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