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    Want a hydrofoil?

    These things are way cool.

    For a short time they had one between Pelee Island and Leamington Ontario On Lake Erie.

    I ran beside it leaving Pelee one time, while it raised up onto its foils.
    An amazing site!

    There were recent stories of current recreational attempts.

    To that end, I canít get past the needed draft for a small boat, and trying to dock one w/the foils sticking 4í outside your boat!
    As in, between dock posts!

    But, I think, like hovercrafts, thereís an application for them...




    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1986-Hydrofoil-/154454358410?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286
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    Some have "retractable" foils.

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    Can get them cheaper from Nigerian traders.............

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    Well.... I trust the Russkies more.........

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evkk1WwnpXg

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    Back for Y2K we went over to Freeport for a little respite. We traveled from West Palm Beach FL on a Boeing Hydrofoil. I was pretty sure we wouldn't be able to make the crossing because the seas were 3 to 5 on the inside, which means inside 20 NM here in FL.

    The vessel was amazing. As wide as a jumbo jet inside. I think 4 or 5 seats in the center rows, and 4 on each outer set. There were less than 20 people on board.

    I took along my Garmin handheld and the foil climbed up on top of the slop and ran 55 knots and it felt like a jumbo jet! Smooth as silk. Way cool!
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    Great story.
    Thanks.

    Never been on one but yeah, ride in slop has to be incredible.

    Quote Originally Posted by TraceF3 View Post
    Back for Y2K we went over to Freeport for a little respite. We traveled from West Palm Beach FL on a Boeing Hydrofoil. I was pretty sure we wouldn't be able to make the crossing because the seas were 3 to 5 on the inside, which means inside 20 NM here in FL.

    The vessel was amazing. As wide as a jumbo jet inside. I think 4 or 5 seats in the center rows, and 4 on each outer set. There were less than 20 people on board.

    I took along my Garmin handheld and the foil climbed up on top of the slop and ran 55 knots and it felt like a jumbo jet! Smooth as silk. Way cool!
    I'd rather be competitive w/junk I built in my garage than win w/stuff I bought.


    I refuse to allow common sense to interfere w/my boat buying decisions.


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    24' Sonic w/twin 250 Johnsons
    24' Sonic w/twin 250 HO Johnsons
    19' STV River Rocket w/FrankenRude II
    Allison XR 2002 w/Frankenrude II
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    Twin Allison gas turbines driving jet pumps.

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