• Posts Tagged ‘Hydrofoil’

    Poland’s Sunreef Yachts is developing two versions of its 40 Open multihull, a standard configuration and one with retractable foils. The craft combines luxury, speed and stability. The most powerful of the inboard and outboard propulsion options offers speeds up to 60 knots. The hydrofoil model rises above the water...

    Hydrofoil, which lifts the hull out of the water, was popular in the ’60s and ’70s, mostly with successful military and commercial passenger boats. Although hydrofoil can reduce both the effect of waves and the drag at high speed, hydrofoils are vulnerable to objects in the water and expensive to build. Foilborne...

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    When you put Guillaume Verdier, a seasoned America’s Cup boat designer, and Jean-Pierre Dick, who is going to race his 5th Vendee Globe, on the same project, you end up with Easy to Fly, an intriguing foiler catamaran. Recommended for three crewmembers, this boat requires only 8 knots of wind to take off thanks to its...

    Naval architect Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec takes stock of hydrofoils. NauticExpo e-Magazine: How do hydrofoil work ? Sergio Cutolo: How hydrofoils work is simple in theory: Basically, the hydrofoil consists of a wing-like structure mounted on struts below the hull. At low speeds the hull still glides through the...

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016, on the outskirts of Marseille, at Port Corbières, Voilavion was preparing its latest prototype (Class A). Our team, invited for a test run, geared up and gathered in the Zodiac that would pull the foiling boat from the port to the Frioul islands, confirming the foiler’s extremely...

    French sailor Alain Thébault, 54, nicknamed “the flying madman,” is co-creator of the Hydroptère. In 2008, this foiling multihull was the first sailboat to exceed 50 knots. The following year it set the World Sailing Speed Record Council nautical mile record, proving that “a boat that flies is capable of high speeds.”...

    It’s still a competition between sailing yachts, but the America’s Cup may soon belong to the flying contest category. In 2017, in Bermuda, it is expected that the participating yachts in the next edition of the America’s Cup will be able to race 100% foilborne. “It’s a new world,” explained Ken Read to the America’s...

    As one of Italy’s professional hydrofoil collectors, lac de Garde once again found its waters breezed over by international competitors during the Foiling Week (TFW) in July 2016. A full week dedicated to the latest technologies, the event brought together the world’s top racers and most influential designers in order...