The design of a hydrofoil is a combination of two widely different technologies. The hull of course must be seaworthy in any sea conditions expected to be encountered. The foil system and the controls must be capable of raising that hull above the water level and maintaining a safe, stable and comfortable ride. Added to the foregoing challenges, the Jetfoil designer selected a number of additional requirements which needed to be satisfied to provide the kind of a boat that was felt to be necessary at this time. These requirements were numerous, but among the more important were the following three considerations. First, a concept that the Jetfoil should be a vehicle which would provide the kind of a ride the hydrofoil basically is intended to provide in ocean waters. Second, it should avoid the conventional power-driven propulsion system with the attendant difficulties which would be encountered on a boat designed to endure ocean surface conditions. As a third consideration it would be necessary to provide a boat that would be very versatile in passenger carrying arrangements so that a varied number of passengers could be accommodated in various types of seating arrangements. The article reviews the structural design and development of the hull, struts and foils, propulsion system, automatic control system, outfitting and furnishings and finally the classification and certification.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Kalerghi Publications

    51 Welbeck Street
    London W1,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Jones, D C
    • Kenny, L D
  • Publication Date: 1977-10

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  • Accession Number: 00172391
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Hovering Craft & Hydrofoil /UK
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM