There are some very significant benefits available to commuters, taxpayers and communities from the introduction of a truly effective high-speed marine vehicle into local transit applications, where the origin and destination movement of the people can be accommodated by a water route structure. Any such service must be fully inter-modal to be a success. The marine vehicle must have certain features and these are discussed. Of particular importance is acceptable craft behavior (with regard to speed and ride quality) when the weather deteriorates and the water gets rough, a situation which occurs more often and to a worse degree in protected bodies of water than most people appreciate. Environmental considerations are also covered in some detail. There is currently one vehicle in production for passenger service in the United States, based on proven advanced high-speed technology, the Boeing JETFOIL. The features of this vehicle are discussed and its characteristics compared with other advanced marine vehicles. Finally an excerpt is presented from a report that summarizes the actual experiences of a head-to-head competition between hydrofiols and hovercraft during the summer of 1972 between Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmo, Sweden.

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  • Pagination: p. 409-419

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00052026
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Marine Technology Society
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1981 12:00AM