The Navarte Wing Tower Control Position is totally unique and obviously the direction for the future of sport fishing.
The Wing Tower Control POsition (WTCP) was developed by Elia Paraskevopoulos for sport/fishing. Controlling the boat from the Wing Tower Cockpit enables the captain to direct the action more easily. It allows a 360 degree view around the boat and also a clear view directly down into the water at the ster, thus increasing the chancing of catching the fish.
Conventional tuna/marlin towers do not allow the captain a good view into the water when the fish are close to the stern of the boat.
The control position takes form in two wing-like limbs leaning aft and upwards. There are stairs on either side of these limbs leading to the control position cockpit with another wing overhead which joins at the top of the limbs and acts as a base for radar, antennas and satellite navigation equipment.
The design formula would provide proportionate WTCP structures to be built for vessels from 7 to 70+ metres.
A valid question is, how does the WTCP affect the stability of the boat? In short, the hull form affects a boat's pitch and roll. In the case of the Navarte M.V. SMS 23, pitch and roll were minimal, underway the forward motion was reduced by 50% against conventional tuna/marlin towers due to the control position being so far back.
In addition, the WTCP, being part of the superstructure, overcomes normal cracking problems experienced with conventional towers.
The Wing Tower Control Position Vs Conventional Tuna/Marlin Towers
Tuna/Marlin towers have been around a long time and are the standard fixture for any mondern sports fishing boat.
The Wing Tower Control Position is a new approach in sports fishing, with visual benefits and structural superiority superceding existing towers.
The WTCP limbs are constructed similarly to a conventional wing on an aircraft. These limbs are fixed to the superstructure of the boat in such a way that stress is evenly distrubuted, thereby alleviating fractures.
Conventional towers are affected by bad design, boat flex and improper mounting and fixing to the boat structure. Forward motion and rapid maneuvering creates stress cracks in the tubular structure. Incorrect welds allow water to penetrate into the frame and weld joints, as the water freezes, cracked pipes result. These problems do not exist with the WTCP.