The Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V) is an innovative class of watercraft (both autonomous and manned) using unique suspension technology to radically improve seagoing capabilities. The articulating design uses springs, shocks and ball joints to minimize internal structural loading which allows for the use of thinner materials. The result is an ultralight, modular vessel that can perform in sea conditions that would be too much for an ordinary boat. 


Unlike conventional boats, the WAM-V's flexible structure adapts and conforms to the surface of the water resulting in an exceptionally SMOOTH and LEVEL platform. Inflatable pontoons help absorb motion and force. Two engine pods are hinged to the hulls to keep the propellers in the water, further improving vehicle stability and controllability. The 2:1 length-to-beam ratio, along with the articulating suspension systems, make the WAM-V an exceptionally MANEUVERABLE and STABLE vessel. 

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As sea-states worsen, excessive pitch and roll quickly limits a conventional boat's ability to gather data. Compared to similarly-sized monohulls and rigid cats, a WAM-V experiences REDUCED PITCH and ROLL so sensors and instruments continue to function across a wider range of environments for INCREASED DATA-CAPTURE QUALITY and YIELD

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WAM-V sub-assemblies use STANDARDIZED QUICK CONNECT INTERFACES for rapid assembly, disassembly, component replacement, or reconfiguring and future upgrades. Payload packages and instrument packages can be swapped in minutes. Propulsion systems can be reconfigured by changing engine pods. 


WAM-Vs are easily and economically shipped via land, air, or sea.  The modular design quickly reduces in size for storage or shipment. Optional folding features reduce the footprint by as much as 75%. The 33’ WAM-V (33'x16') hydraulically folds down to 16'x8' to fit in a standard 20’ shipping container. A 20' container can also hold four(4) 16' WAM-Vs (when boxed as pictured below). A conventional 18' RIB (which has less seakeeping abilities) must be deflated to fit in the container. 

20' Shipping Container:  
4 WAM-Vs or 1 RIB?

A conventional 18' RIB cannot fit inside the container unless it is deflated.

A conventional 18' RIB cannot fit inside the container unless it is deflated.


The WAM-V design works on many scales and can be designed and built to match specific applications. Marine Advanced Research, Inc. has designed, tested, manufactured and delivered WAM-V USVs in lengths of 8', 12’, 14’, 16’, and 33’ along with a 50’ POF (proof of feasibility) and the 150' prototype Proteus.

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The biomimetic design was originally inspired by the body structures of insects. The vessel glides along the water surface like a spider. The ultra shallow draft, the minimum wake, the gantry crane style like lifting ability, the low fuel consumption and the other exceptional features benefit the entire system.