The Concept

The Argoknot is a Trimaran hydrofoil sailboat concept powered by trade winds that can travel autonomously at speeds in excess of 50 knots.


The Background

A few months ago, Sebastian Houle contacted me to discuss plans for a new Trimaran concept he had started to design in Solidworks. The idea was to create a sailboat capable of piloting itself and designed for adventurers who are less experienced with navigation, but who still want to live a full-fledged sailing experience.


How It Works

The Argoknot is basically a medium-sized trimaran that would feature all the new technology and innovation of new sail ships. The Argoknot would feature a retractable electric propulsion system and a cabin large enough to fit one adult for a week-long expedition.

The first thing I wanted to add was a navigational artificial intelligence (AI) program that would control the Argoknot and be in charge of sailing operations. It would follow orders from its owner, who would focus instead on the basic experience and learning to sail at the same time. In fact the Argoknot’s AI would talk and teach it’s owner how to sail.

The Argoknot would be able to raise its hull above the water like a racing trimaran. It would use hydrofoils controlled by hydraulic (or electric) actuators that would raise the ship above the waves based on speed and other factors. This would allow the boat to achieve speeds up to 60 mph. The ship’s body would be made of reinforced Kevlar, and all the sails and control equipment would be automated with manual back-up.


What’s It’s Used For

The Argoknot would be fitted with a small cabin comfortable enough one person. It would be able to observe and transmit weather data, collect sea samples, and record images and videos during its trips. But its real purpose would be to take its novice passenger on real solo or tandem adventure in high seas.

Most of us know how to sail a small dinghy, but multihulls the size of the Argoknot are more complex to handle. For that you need to invest time, energy, and resources, and it’s always tricky since the ocean changes constantly. The Argoknot would allow you to get on board for a 7-day solo adventure with only basic training.



The Argoknot concept was developed in October 2016 by Charles Bombardier in collaboration with Sébastien Houle, and Adolfo Esquivel, an Industrial Designer from Montreal, Canada. Adolfo Esquivel created the 3D renderings of the Argoknot based on Sebastien’s CAD model. Adolfo holds a degree in industrial design and currently works as a freelance industrial designer based in Montreal. Adolfo is also the author of the Motowalk people mover concept.