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“LOOKER 350” Russian-Built Hydrofoil-Assisted High-Speed Glass-Bottom Boat (appeared in our 2009 3rd Quarter Newsletter), Here is a much-improved photo — The specifications that are readily available at http://www.paritetboat.com/glass_bottom_boat_looker_35_gal.htm. xxx
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ANTARES
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OLYMPUS
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SHIMRIT
– Growth version of
FLAGSTAFF
(Grumman built three for Israel)
More information

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SPARVIERO, Italian version of TUCUMCARI.
More information & more photos
Futher information about this class can be found at http://web.ukonline.co.uk/aj.cashmore/italy/italian-fac.html
Boeing JETFOIL
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Saudi Royal Yacht
Al Azizah is the Saudi Royal Yaucht Ordered in 1984 from Boeing, Seattle via Lockheed; delivered in August 1985. Mostly used as a tender to the Royal Yachts.”Watching the video, you will find the place for the Royal Saudi Shield on the hydrofoil, at the top of both exhaust stacks at the aft end of the boat. Yes, they did this test voyage with the seal not painted yet for reasons of privacy as per their request. Also may have something to do with the fact that the painted emblem is done with 24 carat paint…. The price of the boat was around 70 Million.Click on far right for movie
Saudi Saudi

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H.M.S. Speedy, a modified Jetfoil that was used by the British Navy in the fisheries protection role.
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Russian KATRAN-1 built by Volga Shipyard and operated by Virgin Hydrofoil Services in the Virgin Islands.
Westamarin FOILCAT
Kvaerner-Fjellstrand FOIL CAT
– A “low-flying” catamaran, supported by fully-submerged foils.
KOMETA
More pictures
ADRIATIC JOY
One of two Kolihidas operated on trips from Slovenia and Croatia to Venice by www.topline.si

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METEOR
These Russian hydrofoils operate from Amsterdam to Ijmuiden on a commuter schedule of every half hour. More information

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METEOR-91 & METEOR-75 somewhere on upper Volga in Russia.

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METEOR on Yantze river in China.

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METEOR monument located at the Alekseev’s Square in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia.
More information

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POLESYEThese boats are used on small rivers where bigger hydrofoils cannot navigate. More information
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Russian VOLGA 70 Personal Hydrofoil
More information and pictures of several examples.
Russian DOLPHIN Sea-going hydrofoil boat designed for pleasure and business trips, as well as for water-skiing. This boat is operated at up to 3 miles from the sea coast and up to 20 miles from refuge ports in daytime. Equipped with one Volvo-Penta AQAD 41A/290A, 150 hp engine, and an engine-operated 3-blade water propeller drive (adjustable hinged angular column). The hull is aluminum-magnesium alloy 1561 Volga Shipyard
Russian CYCLONE
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Russian Sarancha
More information
Russian Babochka More Information
Mitsubishi SUPER SHUTTLE 400
Harry T. Larsen’s TALARIA III
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SPORTFOIL website – A Build-It-Yourself one-person hydrofoil that takes an outboard motor of 4 to 10 hp, 12′ length. Plans available from the Back Yard Yacht Club for US$15.00.
PT 50
More information
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Porto Corsini, first of the RHS 70 Hydrofoil 33-ton off-shore drilling platform supply vessels. The craft has been built for ENI, the Italian oil ciompany and is seen operating from one of the company’s drilling platforms. Loads of up to 3 tons can be carried on the open cargo deck aft of the bridge structure. Cruising speed with normal payload is 32 knots. (Information from the 1974/75 issue of Jane’s Surface Skimmers)
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Shearwater 6, an RHS 70
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A Rodriquez RHS-150 waiting for its next trip to Reggio de Calabria. Photos taken by Lorenzo Bonasera in January 1997
More information and 2 photos
The Rodriquez RHS-160 series, of which CERES is an example, is a 101-foot long hydrofoil configured to carry from 160 to 200 passengers. More information
Rodriquez MEC1. The MEC1 hydrofoil was an attempt made by Rodriquez to eliminate the transmission shaft. Power was delivered to the propeller via high pressure hydraulic oil. More information & several photos
Helmut Kock’s Hydrofoiling Experiences Hydrofoil craft designed and built by Helmut Kock in the 1960s are still in service around the world today. Click here to read a brief but fascinating autobiographical summary.
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CAMIGUIN and SEQUIJOR These are a derivative of the PT20 that has been built in a military version. Only two units have been built during 1985 for the Philippines Navy. They have been armed in the Philippines and used as costal patrol vessels.
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PT4 variant Built by Porthleven Shipyard Limited Porthleven Cornwall. In 1966 the model PT4 Hydrofoil was built as a patrol boat, but unlike this hydrofoil only had a small cockpit which would carry only 4 people. This has had a custom top built and can carry 18 people. She is 30 feet long and powered by a 440 Chrysler V8. Running in New Zealand.
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Voshkod

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FLOT 1
This 1983 Russian built Voshkod was for sale in Albania

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Grumman DOLPHIN
More information

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Westfoil, built in Westport, Washington by a group including at least one ex-Boeing Marine Systems engineer (Robert Gornstein). She is now in Honolulu Hawaii, owned by Pacific Marine. These pictures were taken there in December 1997. She is powered by two diesels that run two cut down C-130 propellers, mounted above the cabin.
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Pacific Marine Midfoil, taken in December 1997. She is a hybrid – a partially buoyant hydrofoil, similar in layout to Grunberg’s hydrofoil. Development thought to have been funded by ONR and first flown in about 1998. As built, she had two diesels powering propellers driven by long geared shafts.
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Superfoil 40
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Joint Venture Sought in Fiji

[3 Jul 03] I am looking for a partner to lease me a high powered boat with the following 70~100 passengers and with speed of 30~35 Knots. The service is geared towards the ferrying of tourists between islands . Matt (matai@mrd.gov.fj)
Joint Venture Sought in the Philippines

{23 Jun 03] I intend to operate a hydrofoil to serve the transportation of passengers between the two main islands in the Philippines. I plan to enter into a joint venture/partnership with a vessel/hydrofoil owner wherein the operation, management and manning will come from my side. Some important details to consider: Passenger capacity: 120-150; Speed: 35-40 kts. I am currently operating two fast crafts serving the same place. — Felicito Datinguinoo (luchijane@aol.com)
Hydrofoils — Wanted To Buy or Lease

Messages are posted here as a service to IHS members and visitors to the website. Please be aware that IHS does not recommend products or services. While we know of no serious problems having arisen from messages posted here, we are not able to verify that offers posted here are legitimate or that individuals responding to the offers are sincere. Accordingly, caution should be exercised in initiating and conducting business as a result of messages posted here to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your financial account information.More info on how and where to buy/sell/restore specific categories of hydrofoils can be accessed from our Posted Messages Bulletin Board Page. Please notify the webmaster if you discover a notice that is no longer valid, or if you are unsuccessful in contacting the individual or organization that posted the message.
Fast Ferry Expert to Assist in Procurement of Fleet

[14 Oct 03] My company is looking for a fast ferry expert to assist in the procurement of a small fleet of catamarans or hydrofoil vessels. We will consider purchase, lease, or joint venture partnership. Vessels must carry up to 150 plus passengers and travel at a minimum speed of 35 kts. Please contact me if you are interested and want more information. — Tom Dempsey dempsuryy@aol.com
Historic Hydrofoil(s) Wanted in France

[9 Sep 03] I seek a few old, small Russian hydrofoils in any type of condition (Raketa, Polysie or Belarus hydrofoil). This is to make a houseboats here in Toulouse, the air and space center of France… a few people are interested in this. Also, and in addition to the houseboat project, I want to start a non-profit association to restore one medium or large Russian experimental hydrofoil (Sputnik, Chaika for example)… so I am looking for a good candidate to restore for historical purposes. The hydrofoil for non-profit restoration should be an experimental craft. — Jeff Legendre (a1493@hotmail.com)
Need High-Speed Ferry Boat in Indonesia / Borneo

[12 Jul 03] I am looking for someone to sell, lease or joint venture with me a high powered boat with the following 80~100 passengers and with speed of 30~35 Knots. The service is geared towards the ferrying people between Tarakan Island and Kalimantan. — Villepin (villepin@hotmail.com) Click Here to post a response to this message.
Hydrofoil Vessels For Sale

Following are some of the more recent announcements. More info on how and where to buy/sell/restore hydrofoils can be accessed from our Posted Messages Bulletin Board Page. Please notify the webmaster if you discover a notice that is no longer valid, or if you get no reply when contacting the individual or organization that posted the message (unfortunately, many sellers have been remiss in notifying IHS when the vessel is sold).Messages are posted here as a service to IHS members and visitors to the website. Please be aware that IHS does not recommend products or services. While we know of no serious problems having arisen from messages posted here, we are not able to verify that offers posted here are legitimate or that individuals responding to the offers are sincere. Accordingly, caution should be exercised in initiating and conducting business as a result of messages posted here to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your financial account information..

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Grumman Runabout -1958 Museum Piece

[20 Aug 02, updated 01 Oct 03] For Sale: Sea Wing Hydrofoil-Grumman 1958 14’8″. New Mercury 40 HP, Trailer, Original 35 HP Evenrude Lark (stuck), Morse Controls. Runs great. I am in Georgia USA. Can deliver in Southeast USA. $15,500.00. — Myrel Harner (ireneharner@juno.com)

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Kolkhida Hydrofoil For Sale – DELFIN 1

[22 Sep 03] We have for sale a seagoing hydrofoil with capacity of 124 passengers. Click Here for Technical Specifications and full set of color photos, and details of the offer (Adobe Acrobat file, 400K). Price: 270.000 Euro FOB Kolobrzeg — Miroslaw Balicki, Kolobrzeg Passengers Shipping Company (kzp@pro.onet.pl)

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New METEORS For Sale (Two)

[14 Jul 03] Zelenodolsk Shipyard, Russia announces that two (2) METEOR hydrofoils in production are for sale. Projected date of delivery is April 2004. Choice of Russian engines or Deutz (Germany) engines. Price ranges from 500 000 Euros to 950 000 Euros. Includes all certificates and our guarantee (1.5 year). — Sergey Nikonov (zdsip@nimb.ru)
KATRAN Hydrofoils For Sale

[12 Jul 03] We propose for sale from direct Owners following sea-going hydrofoils:

– Design “Katran” (“Kolkhida”), built by Volga Shipyard, Russia in 1996 (1995 2nd vessel);- The ship was built in compliance with the Rules and under the supervision of the Maritime Register of Shipping of Russia, class KM * 2 A3 Pass. Hydrofoil;- Reclassified by RINA, 100 – A -1.1; Nav S; TP;- USCG approval- Gross tonnage/Net tonnage: 135GT/53NT;- Engines: two MTU-made 12 V 396 TE 74 diesels, each of 1260 kW (1714 h.p.); 2nd vessel – two MTU-made 12 V 396 TC 82 diesels – each of 1050 kW (1430 h.p.);- Engines’ hours: less 3000– Passenger capacity – 140 (150 2nd vessel)Length, m 34,5Breadth, m 10,3Height above water (foil-borne), m 10,8Height above water (floating), m 8,9Floating draught, m 3,5Foil-borne draught, m 1,9Light displacement, t 56Full displacement, t 72Foil-borne sailing range, miles 200Foil-borne speed, kn 34Crew 5Both vessels are equipped with air-condition system.
Seaworthiness:
– The normal operating conditions for cruising foil-borne are sea state with waves up to 2 meters high and winds up to Force 5.
– The most unfavorable conditions for cruising hull-borne are sea state with wave height 3 meters and wind Force 6.

We recently inspected the hydrofoils and confirm that the vessels are well-maintained and are in tip-top condition. Inspectable in N.America by arrangement. Additional information is available upob firm/named interest. — Brgds/Vyacheslav Fyodorov ; Cielo Trading Ltd ; Tel: +38 048 743 80 85 ; Fax: +44 870 125 34 00 (via UK) ; Email: (slava@cielo-trading.net )

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A Gas Turbine Engine For Your PHM

[2 Jun 03] GTE For Sale: proposed as suitable to replace the LM2500 in a surplus PHM or a commercial vessel requiring this kind of power: 20,000 HP. Built by Mashproekt in Ukraine; No operating time accumulated; Model designation D59 (original USSR designation for same model, only with a reversing mechanism: GT16000); Maximum continuous rating (MCR) – 20,000 hp in ISO conditions; Power turbine rated speed : 5200 rpm (A 3000 RPM power section is available from Russia for only $128,000 and it includes exhaust plenum and driveshaft ready to couple up to the PHM gearbox); Direction of rotation: counter-clockwise (looking at the output shaft flange), non-reversible (reversing mechanism not needed to power a water jet) ; Fuel control system operation: stabilized fuel flow rate; MTBO – 10 000 hr: (100% MCR – 300 hr, 80% MCR – 900 hr, 70% MCR and less -10 000 hr). If engine load never exceeds 70% MCR, MTBO can be extended to 20 000 hr.; Total life time – 60 000 hr. Stored in Michigan USA; Asking US$500,000 with 2 water jet drives. I would like to be put in touch with some boat builders around the Mediterranean area who might be interested. — E J Potter email: (potterej@earthlink.net); phone: 1-561-468-3587.

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.[7 Nov 02] Looking for a good home for the H/V ALBATROSS. Hull and cabin are in good condition. However, she’s missing foils, strut, shaft, rudder, and engine. Anyone knowing of a museum, school, conservator, etc. interested in having it donated to them, please let me know. — Robert Miller cbbi@aol.com

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[7 Nov 02] For historical and other information and photos about Bob Miller’s conversion of the ALBATROSS to a houseboat, Click Here. For historical information and photos about the ALBATROSS in its prime, see the Helmut Kock biography on this site.

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Seahawk Ltd. Offers Olympias
[21 Oct 03] Two OLYMPIA type hydrofoil vessels for sale. Both in top condition. Hydrofoil passenger vessel. Built in Russia 1993 & 1994. Hull : alloy. L – 37.54, B – 8.40, Depth – 2.60, Draught 4.60/1.40, GRT – 298 T, NET – 89 T, DW – 82 T, Main engine – MTU 16V 396 T E 74 / 2×2000. Classification : Det Norske Veritas. Renovations : Both vessels are seriously renovated. Last serious renovation : 2000. Sale price US 1.5 MIO each. Location : Trading between Finland and Estonia
Seahawk Ltd. Offers Superfoil Ferry

[30 Sep 02, updated 21 Oct 03] Directly from the Owners can offer for sale the following air conditioned Superfoil passenger ferry. Main particulars: Built at : Almaz Marine Yard JSC, St.Petersburg, Russia in 2002; LOA : 41 m, B : 12.4 m, Draught : fully loaded at speed / 1.2 m, at rest with retracted foils / 1.7 m, at rest with foils in operational position / 3.4 m; Passenger capacity : 286; Main engines : MJP Waterjets (Mercedes) Type 4000 M70 / 4 x 1740 kW MCR / each 1900-2000 RPM / easy and quick dismantling of main and aux. engines; Gensets : TechnoScan TS90 / 2 x 70kW / 87 KV*A; Gearboxes : Four reversing flange-mounted ZF 4650 / electrically operated; Service speed at sea State 3 : 55 knots; Range (34t DW; 55 kn. speed ; 10% margin) 200 nautical miles; Seakeeping : 2.5 sign. wave height at 100% MCR; Foils : Two fully retractable hydraulically controlled forward fully submerged foils made of high-quality titanium alloy; Interceptors : Two hydraulically controlled transom interceptors made of high-quality titanium alloy; Foil & interceptors control system : MTD / AURORA active Foil & Interceptor; Control System. FICS-3 supplied; Rudders : Two hydraulically controlled suspended rudders made of high-quality titanium alloy providing great control improvement; Classification : DNV 1A1 HSLC R3 Passenger E0, IMO HSC Code, Category A; Accommodation : 62 passenger seats in business class with 1000 mm pitch, 224 passenger seats in tourist class with 900 mm pitch, Self-service bar in business class, Large kiosk/bar, 21 sq.m duty free shop, audio/video entertainment system; Deadweight: 34.000 kg.; Crew : 12×75 kg / 900 kg.; Luggage : 286 x 10 kg / 2860 kg.; Fuel oil : 4740 kg.; Fresh water : 1000 kg.; Duty free goods : 3.050 kg; Capacities : Fuel oil : 10.000 L. Fresh water : 2000 kg. Hydraulic oil : 200 L. Lube oil : 250 L. Waste oil : 250 L; Hull / superstructure : High quality marine grade aluminum alloy type 1561; Service life : 20 years; Environmentally friendly : Extremely low wash up to max speed, low noise. Fulfills IMO emission regulations of Year 2000. Sale price : USD 7.0 MIO; Location : Europe. — Y.Eero, Managing Director, Seahawk Ltd. (seahawk@estpak.ee)
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