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Reversys Boat opens up the sky with retractable hardtop

Reversys Boat opens up the sky...
The Reversys Boat goes from fully enclosed to fully open within a matter of seconds
The Reversys Boat goes from fully enclosed to fully open within a matter of seconds
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The new Ferrari California T at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show
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The new Ferrari California T at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show
A bird's eye view of the open Reversys
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A bird's eye view of the open Reversys
Roofs and windows closed
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Roofs and windows closed
The Reversys is a boat concept designed in Switzerland
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The Reversys is a boat concept designed in Switzerland
In fully open racer mode, the cockpit ceiling serves as a sunbathing deck
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In fully open racer mode, the cockpit ceiling serves as a sunbathing deck
The Reversys design team is hoping to find investment partners to pursue the design
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The Reversys design team is hoping to find investment partners to pursue the design
No price estimate, but nothing about the Reversys looks inexpensive
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No price estimate, but nothing about the Reversys looks inexpensive
Rendering of the Reversys taking to the water
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Rendering of the Reversys taking to the water
The Reversys is envisioned as a 32-foot boat
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The Reversys is envisioned as a 32-foot boat
Still at the early conceptual stages, the Reversys Boat does not have any listed engine specs
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Still at the early conceptual stages, the Reversys Boat does not have any listed engine specs
Reversys rendering
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Reversys rendering
Designers say the boat is inspired by 1920s racers and natural elements, including orcas
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Designers say the boat is inspired by 1920s racers and natural elements, including orcas
Reversys occupants can go from a protected cockpit to open sea air
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Reversys occupants can go from a protected cockpit to open sea air
The rear roof slides into the cockpit roof
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The rear roof slides into the cockpit roof
The front roof rotates back, resting on top of the rear deck
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The front roof rotates back, resting on top of the rear deck
Windows lowered, roofs down
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Windows lowered, roofs down
Reversys Boat rendering
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Reversys Boat rendering
The Reversys Boat goes from fully enclosed to fully open within a matter of seconds
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The Reversys Boat goes from fully enclosed to fully open within a matter of seconds

A retractable hardtop for the open seas, the Reversys Boat is a sleek concept designed to go from closed to open cabin in a matter of seconds. In fact, its electric roof system offers three different configurations, allowing the captain to quickly react to the changing weather and changing moods of the passengers.

"Why couldn’t retractable hardtops equip motor-boating such as they have been successfully used in the automotive industry for several decades?" the Swiss-based team behind the Reversys concept asks. "This issue has been raised time and time again but without any satisfactory achievement so far. A study of the various patents to date demonstrate that none of the proposed solutions solves the issue of the large areas needed for the roof storage once opened which affect the ease of use of [the] boat."

To be fair, it's a question that has been addressed by ship designers in the past, most notably in the Hi-Tech Marine Oronero and, perhaps less convincingly, with sliding shades like the one offered by Alfastreet Marine. However, these systems lack the fluid, natural lines of automotive counterparts like the all-new Ferrari California T.

No price estimate, but nothing about the Reversys looks inexpensive
No price estimate, but nothing about the Reversys looks inexpensive

Reversys designers have created a smoother, more attractive design study using an innovative, multi-panel hardtop system that switches between its three configurations in a matter of seconds. The system includes two roof sections that allow for three separate boat configurations: fully enclosed fast commuter, semi-open sedan, and fully open racer. With the push of a button, occupants can work on their tans under sunny, cloudless skies or batten down the hatches to escape torrential rain.

The fully enclosed commuter configuration wraps both the cockpit and the rear deck in hard sides and roofing. From there, the rear-deck enclosure's tailgate drops and its roof panel slides forward into the cockpit roof. This creates an open sun deck that's sunk into the hull to provide some protection from the wind and elements. The deck also includes two side windows that lower down.

The Reversys is a boat concept designed in Switzerland
The Reversys is a boat concept designed in Switzerland

To create the fully open racer, the cockpit roof swings backward and nests inside the rear hull deck. This opens the driver and passengers up to the blue sky above while creating a large, barrier-free sun deck in back.

The greater design of the 32-foot (9.75 m) Reversys Boat is inspired by American racing boats of the 1920s, with tweaks to accommodate the needs of the automatic hardtop system. A long, swooping foredeck shoots rearward from the creased bow of the V-shaped hull, giving way to the back-set cockpit. The boat's proportions look like a more dramatic visualization of front-engine, hardtop sports convertibles like the aforementioned California T - long, curvy front, rear-slung cabin and short rear deck.

The new Ferrari California T at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show
The new Ferrari California T at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

The Reversys Boat is just a concept for now, but the designers say that feasibility studies, patent filings and initial market studies have been performed. They are seeking investment partners, as well as potential buyers, to pursue the boat's development.

You can watch the Reversys roof system in the rendering video below.

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Reversys Boat - concept

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