Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Heckuva Ride

From Tim Oren
The French trimaran foil l'Hydroptère: 500m and 1,000m - faster than 50 knots.

This is bloody amazing. Can't wait to see what happens as the architectural implications of this design work their way into other classes of sailing vessels.

That is amazing.  Might be of limited use where I sail: shallow inland lake bottoms will not be kind to the foils (see a pic of her bottom, here) nor would fickle winds let you get a good head of steam up.

But put a cruiser trimaran on foils on a long reach across the ocean ....

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