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Cool boat videos 19 Aug 2016 23:11 #65087

That looks crazy. Being a spectator there looks almost as risky as being in the race. It would be cool to see though.

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Cool boat videos 19 Aug 2016 23:03 #65083

Ski racing is crazy, I was in Seattle when they had the Unlimited Hydro's two weeks ago and they had ski races, 6 racers, a 15 min. long race around the same oval the Hydro's raced on averaged 90+ MPH, they all made the distance, a skinny 19 year old kid won the race.

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Cool boat videos 19 Aug 2016 22:07 #65079

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Cool boat videos 10 Aug 2016 23:42 #64634

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Ray i think you need to try that on the harley
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Cool boat videos 10 Aug 2016 23:29 #64632

Not a boat but it don't get any cooler than this B)

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Cool boat videos 18 Feb 2016 00:54 #57195

That's a great video of the John Hacker designed Thunderbird. That boat is an icon in the mahogany boat circles. The operator must have known what he was doing but I thought he brought it into the boat house fast. Too fast for me any way!!

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Cool boat videos 17 Feb 2016 01:59 #57162

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sgower wrote: When I was a kid I built a hydrofoil from plans that I got from Popular Mechanics Magazine.

I no longer have the boat or videos of it, just a couple still photos of it in operation. It was way before the cell phone era that I had it out and about. It ran great in choppy water.

Below is a video of one just like it...



I still have the plans, maybe I could build a riveted version of this boat.


Very cool Steve.

I hope we see a Feather Craft of foils in the next five years.

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Cool boat videos 17 Feb 2016 00:59 #57158

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alanbiltz wrote: I remember something like the Dynafoil in the 80's called a Wetbike that was on the lakes around here. Different brand and Im not sure who the exact maker was but basically the same design principal. Like you, I'm not sure why it didn't take off and become more popular.


The Wet Bike was made by Kawasaki, heir 1st venture into PWCs. Although similar appearing, they were quite different. They were jet powered vs prop and weren't true hydrofoils. I remember comparing my Dynafoil with one in person. The bottom of the Wet Bike looked like a shovel vs a strut with movable wings on the Dynafoil. Also, unlike the DF, the WB would slide out in hard turns.
I think the DF didn't succeed in the market because of their hefty price tag and insanely small dealership network. I visited the company HQ in Huntington Beach, IIRC. It was a very small operation. Too bad.

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When I was a kid I built a hydrofoil from plans that I got from Popular Mechanics Magazine.

I no longer have the boat or videos of it, just a couple still photos of it in operation. It was way before the cell phone era that I had it out and about. It ran great in choppy water.

Below is a video of one just like it...



I still have the plans, maybe I could build a riveted version of this boat.

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