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High-speed super composite hydrofoils

News International-French

24 Feb 2016

Company is ready to begin production of advanced composite, twin turbine powered 3600hp multi-purpose craft 

Hydrofoils Incorporated, a sixty year innovator in high-speed marine design and technology has successfully completed testing of a 1/8 scale version of their latest project.

The fifty-foot “INTERCEPTOR” will be powered by twin 1800hp gas turbine/electric hybrid engines built by Turbine Marine Incorporated, a   worldwide leader in turbine power and applications. This combination will provide a total of 3600hp for cruising speeds in excess of 100  knots, and up to 400hp of eco-friendly electronic drive for silent harbor maneuvering. “This collaboration of technologies is a perfect match for  the future of high-speed commercial and pleasure craft” said John Arruda, President of Turbine Marine Inc. 

Compared to other high-performance marine vehicles using existing technology, the Interceptor provides a much more stable ride and is 20-30% more fuel efficient. The main cabin rides above the water and is not subject to wave impact and drag, thus producing a minimal wake. As a result she is very “environmentally friendly” and does not upset wetlands and shorelines with tons of displaced water.  

The double-hulled construction will float fully awash with all hatches open and exceeds all United States Coast Guard safety requirements.  Additionally, this vehicle is much safer than existing marine designs as the engines, fuel, A/C units, batteries and associated noise, heat and
safety concerns are located outside the main hull. The sixty-years of proprietary technology incorporated into the Interceptor provides for a balanced, stable and safe marine platform at extreme speed.

She can be ABS, DNV or HSC certified and can be configured as a pleasure craft, defense, rescue/interdiction or commuter vehicle with various payloads and capacities. Added Ken Cook, CEO of Hydrofoils Incorporated, “This is a real game changer for travel on water. It finally allows marine transportation to be truly competitive with rail and motor vehicle traffic in a comfortable, safe and fuel efficient mode.”