Bruce Barsumian has had a lifelong love affair with boating. He has built and modified boats since childhood, having owned 11 watercraft of all shapes and sizes throughout his lifetime. More than a decade ago, he got the itch to design and develop a yacht that would meet his own exacting needs and demands. â€œI developed this boat because there wasnâ€™t anything that could do it all,â€ he says pragmatically.
An electronics engineer by trade and owner/partner of a highly successful company manufacturing counter surveillance detection equipment, Barsumian set out with the sole driving goal to create a luxury yacht that would go fast with smaller than normal engines, at maximum efficiency and comfort. Tapping a team of highly experienced yacht designers, naval engineers, yacht builders and industry experts, he is exceptionally proud to launch the yacht of his dreams 14 years later â€¦ the AXCELL 650.
â€œHistorically, most manufacturers have increased a vesselâ€™s speed by simply installing larger, more expensive engines which results in greater weight and larger fuel requirements,â€ said Barsumian. â€œAll of this inevitably leads to the requirement for a stronger, heavier structure, along with increased draft for bigger props that sit deeper under the boat â€¦ and all for only a few knots of benefit.â€
â€œWith the right mix of technology, I found that a reversed design spiral could achieve the same goal by actually using less horsepower, smaller fuel tanks and a lighter structure,â€ he explained. â€œBorrowing from the highly successful Hovercraft industry, we developed a new High Efficiency Surface Effect Hull form and created large, open air chambers in the bottom of each of the catamaranâ€™s hulls, and injected them with pressurized air. The result? More than 50 percent of the vesselâ€™s weight is now supported on an air cushion that eliminates most of the hullâ€™s water induced drag, creating an absolutely amazing ride!
Dubbed HybridAirâ„¢ by Barsumian, this revolutionary new technology creates a whole new benchmark in yacht design, coupled with all the liveaboard comfort and great styling befitting a new industry niche trendsetter.