Ever wondered about Santa's yacht technology? The engineers of Lateral Naval Architects bring some insights into the new Project Sleigh Rider.

Santa’s yacht needs a new generation of propulsion systems to complete a circumnavigation in 24 hours. The lower deck contains the primary power unit with Dancer, Prancer, Donner, Blitzen, Dasher, and Vixen. Superconducting fairy lights connect the pixie dust converters to the gingerbread switchboards — the Christmas pudding engines power a twin configuration of Star of Bethlehem propellors.

Simon Brealey, principal mechanical engineer comments“We spent a significant amount of research and development time investigating radical options, and our final choice came down to a system powered either by Reindeers or Unicorns. It was a tough call, but we concluded that the Technology Readiness Level of Unicorns is very limited, and the choice of Reindeers offering the greatest flexibility. The advanced system incorporates future technology Pixie Dust power converters driving pudding motors via super-conducting fairy-light cabling.”

Rendering © Lateral Naval Architects

Andy Douglas, principal structural engineer explains, “The yacht has some unusual functional requirements in relation to loading and unloading large quantities of toys and other luxurious gifts. The large shell opening and high deck loads have demanded Lateral research new structural materials, and following extensive laboratory testing a new high tensile form of Norwegian Spruce has been created. “

Instead of a pool, Santa’s yacht features an ice rink on the foredeck area. Unfortunately, the interior of the project is confidential.

The circumnavigation starts directly after the delivery on the 24th of December.