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A few years back there was a french built foiled trimaran that clocked mid 50's,in the SF bay, it was later clocked in the low 60's but flipped somewhere off France.
One of the Hydropter varients ?



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It had a funny nickname but I forget what it was. (Found it "The Caspian Sea Monster')
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One of the Hydropter varients ?
Yes, I just looked it up and read they were in SF this past weekend doing 37.5 kts (45mph) with a new 74 footer
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Re: AC72 - On Foils

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What's interesting to me about these large racing multis is that they are reaching speeds that compete with and surpass most motor vessels. This is especially true when the sea states are up enough that smaller, faster motor vessels have to slow way down to stay stable.

It's crazy to think that the sailboat is becoming the fastest all-round means of sea travel.
I bet for the $10M price tag of an AC72 you could get a pretty fast power boat... and you wouldn't need a crew of world class sailors to get it up to speed either.
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I bet for the $10M price tag of an AC72 you could get a pretty fast power boat... and you wouldn't need a crew of world class sailors to get it up to speed either.
No doubt. But I'm talking about the technology itself...which always gets cheaper over time (Moore's Law anyone?).

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Smack .... I doubt very much if that baby is ever going to cross an ocean ...
The AC72 maybe. But this one did a fine job of it...hitting 40+ a couple of times...
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GD mentions how the chase boats couldn't keep up in the sea-state...

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The AC72 maybe. But this one did a fine job of it...hitting 40+ a couple of times...

What was that Smack .... I'm thinking non foiler ? I was more of mind that foils long distance offshore would be a problem when it came to ultimate strength.
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Re: AC72 - On Foils

That's Loick on his Banque Populaire V. And you're right - a non-foiler.

Agreed - I have no idea what foils would do to the offshore scenario. I was thinking more the multi.

I can't wait to see top speed on the foilers though. Just crazy that they can balance all that load against a single foil.
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Re: AC72 - On Foils

Peyron did his loop at an average speed of 26knots. If you could hold a foiler together for long enough .... wheeeeeee ......
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Re: AC72 - On Foils

L'hydroptere is in Frisco now. and will be going for the Transpacific record LA to Honolulu some time soon. that sounds pretty ocean going to me.
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Re: AC72 - On Foils

I interviewed Jim Brown recently and he gave me a quick lesson on hydrofoils being the next big thing. I found a video of the AC72 up on it's foils. Can't post here yet but it is on the website at - thesailingpodcast.com/jimbrown
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