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  5. Design and Engineering Sources (Rev 051102 wnw)
  6. Educational Info (Rev 010318wnw)
  7. Human Powered Hydrofoils (Rev 051102 wnw)
  8. History (Rev 051102 wnw)
  9. Magazines, Newsletters, Directories, Books, Videos, Lectures (Rev 030807 wnw)
  10. Bibliographies and Reference Lists (Rev 051102 wnw)
  11. Hydrofoil Ships/Craft and Their Designers (Note: specific notices of used hydrofoil vessels for sale are normally posted on the announcements page). (Rev 051102 wnw)
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  13. Propulsion and Other Shipboard Machinery – Sales, Parts, Service, etc. (Rev 030331 wnw)
  14. Organizations, Societies, Gov’t Agencies(Rev 051102 wnw)
  15. Legislation, Codes, and Conferences (Rev 051102 wnw)
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  17. Hydrofoil Stabilizers (Rev 051102wnw)
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Websites of IHS Members

  • Mark van RijzenDutch Commercial Hydrofoil Ferry Operation and The Dutch Hydrofoil Pages will try to show you all the hydrofoils we have in the Netherlands including models, but mostly, big real ones as well. (Add 020318wnw)
  • Dr. Dale E. Calkins (deceased 7/29/99) Prof. of Mech. Eng., Univ. of Washington., Dale Calkins Design Fund established in his honor (Rev 030330wnw)
  • Doug LordMicroSAIL High Performance Systems for R/C Sailing – New “F3” Hydrofoil Trimaran
  • Mihail Chatziapostolou (Comeract, Ltd) – source of engine parts for Russian hydrofoils like Kometa, also Russian ships of the types “Alexander Green” and “Efpatoria.”
  • John F. Rodrigues YachtBoutique
  • Book by IHS Member Dr. Frans van Walree, “Computational Methods for Hydrofoil Craft in Steady and Unsteady Flow,” available at a cost of NLG 100 (approx. US$50), by sending a request to Maritime Research Institute Netherlands, Attn: Ms. R. Jurriens, Librarian; PO Box 28; 6700 AA Wageningen, Netherlands. Tel: +31-317-493417, Fax: +31-317-493245, email: Rjurriens@marin.nl.
  • Mac Stevens Sailing Home Page
  • Glenn S. Nesbitt (American Hydrofoils)
  • Fred Rodolf (Quick Tow Rescue & Salvage), specializing in tow boat services and repairs throughout the Prince William Sound area of Alaska)
  • Mark Rice (Maritime Applied Physics Corp.)
  • Tom Speer’s homepage: Here you’ll find information on aerodynamics, landyacht and multihull sailboat design, and Sailing Hydrofoil Design Approaches and Typical Results. (Rev 011107wnw)
  • Cliff Sojourner (TRIFOILER) Hobie TRIFOILER photos, videos, advice, technical information, bibliography (Rev 030331wnw)
  • Tom Schneider (InterMar) Project consulting, vessel management, compliance services (Rev 011107wnw)
  • Malin Dixon R/C model hydrofoil design… fully submerged foils (Del 051101WNW)
  • David A. Keiper (DAK Hydrofoils) — died in 1998
  • Ken Cook (Hydrofoils Inc.) 100-knot ferry and oil rig service boat designs
  • Harry T. Larsen’s Bayliner With Foils (TALARIA III) and (TALARIA IV) Rev 040325wnw)
  • Dr. Sam Bradfield (Hydrosail, Inc.)
  • Hanno B. Smits, ir. Hydrofoil Sailboats: MONITOR, ICARUS, FLYING DUTCHMAN
  • Erling Lunde (Dynamica a/s) Computer assisted dynamic simulations, controls, instrumentation, and optimization for the marine and offshore industries
  • Konstantin Matveev IHS member Konstantin Matveev is a widely recognized authority on hydrofoils and their design. His web site, http://www.hydrofoils.org/rh_left.htm, is an excellent source of information on hydrofoils and various other high-performance ship types and technologies.

    He has recently co-authored, with V. Dubrovsky and S. Sutulo, the book Small Waterplane Area Ships. In particular, he wrote a section on hydrofoils that provides simplified engineering methods for calculating lift and drag of low and high aspect ratio foils (including free surface effects), cavitation onset, vortex wash and wake behind a foil, and unsteady effects. More information about this book and ordering information can be found at the Backbone Publishing web-site http://www.backbonepublishing.com/DreamHC/Page1.html.

    (Hydrofoil tutorial, formulas for lift calculations, and awesome photos of Russian Hydrofoils, WIGs and shipwrecked hydrofoils and Technical Paper on hydrofoil maintenance. Konstantin graduated from Caltech with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Although most work is not related to ships, he continues to publish papers on advanced marine vehicles and to do a little consulting in that field. (Rev 070518wnw)

  • Barney C. Black US Coast Guard Deepwater Project
  • Thomas Wuhrmann
  • Simon Lewis a life-long motor sport enthusiasts is a native of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England formed the company in 1985. He met Wendy, from Nuneaton near Coventry  in 1997 and they were married on June 26th 1999 at Attleborough in Warwickshire. (Rev 030330wnw)
  • Joe Tyler and the company is Visionary Software Solutions (Add 010101wnw)
  • Bill White IHS Associate Web Site Editor and Head of Searider Inc. dedicated to the advancement of high performance marine vehicles. (Rev 030807wnw)
  • Ken Plyler, American Marine Consultants, LLC. email: kfppfk@aol.com; Ph: 704-568-8389; Fax: 704-568-8389 (Add 010505wnw)
  • Chris Plaas is from Kiel. For the last six years Chris has been working as a freelance journalist and representative for multi-hull magazines in France, Australia, the UK and the USA. (Rev 020130wnw)
  • Richard Akers Ship Motion Associates, 10 Danforth Street, Portland, Maine 04101-4567, USA Manufacturers of POWERSEA, a time-domain simulator for high-speed planing craft. (Add 020819 wnw)
  • Dr. Günther Migeotte Art Anderson Associates 202 Pacific Avenue Bremerton, WA 98337-1932 (Add 020819wnw)
  • Arthur Hagar III of Northwest hydrofoils (Add 020819wnw)
  • John Ilett head of Fasta Craft Carbon Fibre Products Providing quality carbon fibre products especially Foils (with a custom foil any sectional shape or profile) for all types of watercraft and racing yachts. (Add 030331wnw)
  • John Meyer President IHS and author of Ships That Fly http://themeyers.org/ShipsThatFly/index.html.  You can check out the Table of Contents, List of Illustrations, and the Introduction from the site. (Add 040727wnw)
  • Nic de Waal: Managing director of Teknicraft Design Ltd, a New Zealand registered company based in Auckland, where they supply designs to owners and boatyards worldwide. Teknicraft specialises in the design of medium and high-speed catamarans as well as Foilcats. In applications where speed is of essence, a hydrofoil is fitted to the hull. It consists of an underwater wing profile spanning the tunnel at approximately midships position. www.teknicraft.com (Add 040831wnw)
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Small, Fun Hydrofoils That You Can Buy

  • TRIAK sailing kayak with hydrofoil option AN ADVANCED HYDROFOIL SYSTEM facilitates sailing in winds of 15 knots or more and supplies more lift from the floats the faster the boat goes. (Rev 030331wnw)
  • American Hydrofoils SeaShark High Speed Personal Hydrofoil
  • Latvian Catri Foiler Sail Boats by Aldis Eglajs
  • MULTICASCOS Ltda. (means Multihulls in spanish and portuguese) is dedicated to the construction of small to medium sized craft, sail and motor powered, including high technology multihulls and hovercrafts especially the CATRI, a vacuum bagged folding trimaran assisted by hydrofoils. A combination of space age materials and state of the art construction methods (Add 051101wnw)
  • The RAVE, Hydrofoil Trimaran by WindRider; Dr. Sam Bradfield, Designer (Rev 030331wnw)
  • Hydrosail, Inc. – Dr. Sam Bradfield – sailing hydrofoil designers
  • Cliff Sojourner’s TRIFOILER Facts and Many Photos
  • Hydrofoil Supported Catamarans (HYSUCAT), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hoppe, HydroSpeed, Inc (Rev 001209wnw)
  • TRAMPOFOIL® Human Powered Hydrofoil — Unfortunately, the Trampofoil company in Sweden failed after having sold only about 100 units, and the company website is closed. However, please visit Bob Hodgen’s TRAMPOFOIL® Page for good information and photos. (Rev051101wnw)
  • The STINGRAY Personal Watersport Vehicle (inactive since Apr 97)
  • Hydrofoil Waterski, USHA United States Hydrofoil Association
  • Hydrofoil Windsurfers
    • SFBA Newsletter May 97 – Detailed description of Miller Hydrofoil (Mod 010211wnw)
  • Slatts 16: John Slattebo’s 16′ Foil Stabilized Outrigger Sailing Canoe (Rev 051102wnw)
  • Slatts 22, a hydrofoil-stabilized outrigger – a one-way proa by John Slattebo. The foil is very large (45″ span) and most effective at 4 to 10 knots of boatspeed (Add 030807 wnw)
  • The Raptor a high performance cartoppable sailing outrigger with a manually adjustable hydrofoil for stability by John Slattebo. Raptor is based on the Micronesian proa, a highly-evolved, exceptionally efficient and versatile watercraft whose speed and weatherly performance astonished Western sailors when they first encountered the proa nearly 500 years ago. Hydrovisions has taken this time-tested design and updated it with modern materials that are light and strong and added the unique Dualift Foil Truss™ (Add 051102wnw)
  • By Dave Carlson: The Foilcat “Kangalope”, a Hobie 18 fitted with surface-piercing foils, has been tested extensively in Florida since late 1997. The Foilcat “Jackalope”, built on a Hobie 16, was first in the water at the Miami Boatshow in February 1999 from the heratige of Cheetalope an A-Class wooden Catnip design built by Cal Fuller about 1988 (Mod 051216wnw)
  • Spitfire 12m is the latest and most radical product of BDG’s Marine division and Windrush yachts. The 12 metre (40 feet) catamaran features twin rigs, sleek hulls and most notably, three hydrofoils which lift the hulls completely clear of the water, allowing Spitfire to accelerate to30+kts.(Rev 020818wnw)
  • Northwest Hydrofoils New Start up company with Hydrofoil cabin cruiser. (Add 020819wnw)
  • The Hobie TriFoiler is no longer in production as of 2005. It goes 35 MPH or more on it’s foils The pilot’s seat is in the center cockpit with all the sail and foil adjustments on the control panel in front of you. All it takes is 12 knots of wind for the three self-adjusting hydrofoils to lift off and it’s flying! The TriFoiler is a hydrofoil trimaran sailboat that began as a small model back in 1981. Dan Ketterman, and Greg Ketterman, built 5 prototypes in all. (Mod 051102wnw)

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Propulsion and Other Shipboard Machinery

  • Mihail Hatziapostolou (Comeract, Ltd) – source of engine parts for Russian hydrofoils like Kometa, also Russian ships of the types “Alexander Green” and “Efpatoria.”
  • S&S Turbine Services, LTD — Gas turbine engine sales, overhauls, maintenance, parts, and technical data for GE LM2500, LM1500, and others
  • MTU Friedrichshafen
  • Two MAN B&W Diesel Ltd, 18VP185 engines each rated at 4000 kWb at 1950 r/min have been specified for the repowering that is to occur to the USN IX 515 (formerly Surface Effect Ship SES 200 into a Hybrid hydrofoil (Rev 030330wnw)

 


Human Powered Hydrofoils

 


History

You will note that Chapter 6, The US Navy Fleet Hydrofoil-PHM, ends with a very optimistic view of PHMs in the current US Navy, and larger hydrofoils in its future. However, this was not to be. Several years following the completion of my book, Ships That Fly, there were events surrounding the US Navy PHM program that are described in an Addendum to Chapter 6. All six PHM ships were decommissioned on July 30, 1993. This was the only time the US Navy has decommissioned an entire class of ships on the same day. This addendum describes some of the events leading to this sad day for the US Navy and the hydrofoil community. Also, documented are the many attempts to save the Ship, the day of the ceremony, attempts to save the ships even after the decommissioning, and finally the subsequent disposal of the ships and their status today.

John also collected a series of over 140 hydrofoil pictures and illustrations, and created a Hydrofoil Slide Show, entitled: A Century of Hydrofoil Development.

All three of these files are on the CD. To find out more, log onto: http://themeyers.org/ShipsThatFly/index.html John Meyer jr8meyer@comcast.net (Add040328wnw)

 

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Magazines, Newsletters, Directories, Books, Videos, Lectures, etc.

You will note that Chapter 6, The US Navy Fleet Hydrofoil-PHM, ends with a very optimistic view of PHMs in the current US Navy, and larger hydrofoils in its future. However, this was not to be. Several years following the completion of my book, Ships That Fly, there were events surrounding the US Navy PHM program that are described in an Addendum to Chapter 6. All six PHM ships were decommissioned on July 30, 1993. This was the only time the US Navy has decommissioned an entire class of ships on the same day. This addendum describes some of the events leading to this sad day for the US Navy and the hydrofoil community. Also, documented are the many attempts to save the Ship, the day of the ceremony, attempts to save the ships even after the decommissioning, and finally the subsequent disposal of the ships and their status today.

John also collected a series of over 140 hydrofoil pictures and illustrations, and created a Hydrofoil Slide Show, entitled: A Century of Hydrofoil Development.

All three of these files are on the CD. To find out more, log onto: http://themeyers.org/ShipsThatFly/index.html

John Meyer jr8meyer@comcast.net (Add040328wnw)

  • Author, Bruno De Michelis: “The Russian Aero-Marine”
    The illustrated encyclopedia of Russian flying boats, seaplanes, amphibians, ground-effect craft and ekranoplans (including foreign imports) from the origins (1910) to the year 2000. The Russian Aero-Marine; Russian and Soviet seaplanes, flying boats, amphibians and ground-effect craft (foreign imports included) from the Origins (1910) to the Year 2000. The first such compilation available in English, this book chronicles, year by year and aircraft by aircraft, all Russian and Soviet water-based airplanes and ground-effect machines (ekranoplans) through the last year of the old millenium. Loaded with photos, tables and 2- and 3-view drawings, a treasure for modelers and aviation-history buffs.

This work, which the author, Bruno De Michelis, completed after three years of extensive research, is written in English (a world first on this subject) and is divided in five chapters. It contains the full history of over 210 craft and their designers, with complete specifications, 266 rare photos and 131 three views drawings and illustrations, ranging from early experimental machines and imports to the latest flying boats and ground-effect craft of any size and manufacture. A chronological and alphabetic dual index is included for easy reference.

The book (324 pages) is available on CD (Adobe PDF and MS Word versions on each disc) * and in conventional format (A4 Folio, hard cover Deluxe Edition) at the Authors web site along with considerable on-line photos and history http://www.brunodemichelis.com/. (Add 01218wnw)

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Bibliographies and Lists of References

  • Fiona Sinclair’s Index of Amateur Yacht Research Society Publications See Chapter 7) Hydrofoils – theory, types, experience for a bibliogrphy of many technical Foil articles (Rev 020230wnw)
  • Mac Stevens Sailing Page Books and References
  • International Hydrofoil Society
  • Wing-in-Ground Effect (WIG) Bibliography THE EKRANOPLAN MAN (Rev 011107wnw)
  • Wing-in-Surface Effect (WISE) (Rev 020318wnw) Wing-in-Surface Effect vehicles achieve lift aerodynamically, and rise entirely out of the water while flying in surface-effect. Pictures of prototypes Bibliography (Rev 020318wnw)
  • AYRS INDEX: This index covers all past published issues of the Amateur Yacht Research Society by Fiona Sinclair (Add 010101wnw) (Rev 030331wnw)
  • Jim Sonnenmeier 10/22/94: Short List of References for Airfoil Aerodynamic Data. The list is by no means exhaustive. It represents a cross-section of the available data mostly for the low Reynolds number airfoil regime.(Add 011130wnw) (Rev 030331wnw)
  • `Airfoil Database’ would help you choose or design airfoils. This database includes airfoil specification(contour,thickness ratio etc.) and performance (lift,drag and moment) data widely. (Add 011130wnw) Rev 030408wnw)
  • Naval ships crew photo album offers pictures provided by those that come here, and the site installs them so they can be shared. With 20,000 ships here (Add 020318)
  • DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY — NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER 805 KIDDER BREESE SE — WASHINGTON NAVY YARD WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060 Basic Information On The Availability Of Photographs Of U.S. Navy Subjects. Online Library (Add 020506wnw)
  • One Design Airfoil Analysis by Russ Erb a “specially designed symmetrical airfoil, 16% thick, conical nose and flat sides.” compared to a NACA 0016 airfoil from article dated May 1994. (Add 030321wnw)
  • The world of radical marine designs, these pages are extensive.including lots of Hydrofoils (Add 030331wnw)

 


Hydrofoil Ships/Craft & Their Designers

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Hydrofoil Builders/Brokers

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Travel & Hydrofoil Operators

  • West Palm Beach FL to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas – SeaJets, Inc. Company appears to be defunct. Here is their history halfway down the website under “Travel to the Bahamas just got faster” from a spring 2000 article. (Rev 020819wnw)
  • Lake Ontario Toronto/Niagra Falls/US ports – Seaflight 2000 Transportation Company “at speeds of over 65 Km/H, above the waves on full foil” (Rev 040226wnw)
  • Greece: Island Hopping by Hydrofoil by deTraci Regula, Greece for Visitors Guide, (email: gogreece.guide@about.com)
  • SAMOS Hydrofoils
  • Greece: Ceres Dolphin Ferries in Greece
  • Dodecanese Hydrofoil Fleet of six KOMETA-type hydrofoils (Rev 001209wnw)
  • Vienna/Bratislava Hydrofoil River Tours: Blue Danube Tours (Rev 001209wnw)
  • CRILLON TOURS complete infrastructure of 14 buses, 7 hydrofoils, 2 hotels on Lake Titicaca: (5*) Inca Utama Hotel & SPA in Huatajata and (5*) Hostal Posada de los Incas on the Sun Island, as well as, a modern office with more than 120 professionals and 24 guides in seven languages. Some of their 7 hydrofoils were designed by Helmut Kock, a pioneer Hydrofoil Designer and Builder. (Add 010621wnw)
  • Cruises and Lines Corfu-Paxos-Antipaxos-Parga-Lefkada-Kefalonia-Albania Petrakis Lines & Cruises In 1998 the flying dolphins, high speed catamarans arrived to serve our new lines. Phone 0030-661-31649,38690,25155 Fax 0030-661-38787,26555El Venizeleou New Port 491 00 Corfu Greece

 


Hydrofoil Stabilizers

 


Miscellaneous

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