builders Farrow and Chambers Ltd. of Grimsby built the
craft which began in January 2002, completing the hull
in April. Around twenty companies, local and national,
have supported the Lightning Strike! project, each
offering expertise and hardware.
LS is built from marine ply. She is a three-point
planing hull with outrigged forward sponsons sporting
twin tail fins bridged by an airfoil section. The pilot
sits in an open cockpit at the rear. There
is no roll cage or safety capsule.
Strike is to be powered by electric motors driving through
prop. As with any electric vehicle, it is
the balance of the weight of stored energy to duration
and power that matters. The long foredeck in front of the cockpit
could house up to a ton of batteries. The
batteries may be moved fore and aft within the foredeck to
help adjust trim.