The "Cloud X" is a one of kind passenger ferry that incorpoated the design concept developed by Swath International. SWATH is an acronym meaning Small-Waterplane-Area Twin-Hull. A SWATH ship’s key advantages are its' ability to deliver big-ship platform steadiness and ride quality in a smaller vessel and the ability to sustain a high proportion of its normal cruising speed in rough head seas. The concept for this vessel was developed for Swath Europe on a federal MARITECH Program cost-sharing grant to investigate a novel optimization approach to developing light-weight structures for SWATH ferries. The MARITECH study focused on SI's Super 4000 ferry design. After losses that were close to 100 Million in research and development, the program ran out of money and the vessel was saved by entepenuer/ inventor who was interested in the design concept. He used personal money finish the vessel as well as develop systems and software that had never been used before. An example is that the vessel has a stabilization system that controls pitch as well as yaw. The vessel was completed and put into operation as a fast ferry between West Palm Beach, Florida and Freeport, Bahamas. The vessel ran flawlessly but was plagued by the lack of passengers and very high overhead cost due to management.
The "Cloud X" is well suited as a ferry carrying passengers and luggage for short distances across rough water. It needs to be moving to take advantage of it's unbelieavable ride so it is not well suited as Gaming vessel. It also has limited weight carring abilities so it cannot handle excess amounts of cargo. Passengers are accommodated in seating on the Main and Upper Decks, with the Bridge situated above the Upper Deck to ensure all round visibility. An Amusement Area is positioned on the Main Deck aft of amidships with bar/food service areas available on both decks. The vessel’s maximum predicted speed at full payload is 27.5 knots in calm water and zero wind with an endurance of 200 nautical miles. The vessel is currently flagged as a US vessel and would be well suited as a ferry between St. Croix and St. Thomas. If used outside of the US, it is easy to re- flag the vessel to keep down manning and operational cost.