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Old 07 April 2003, 11:13   #1
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Boat Design and Hydrofoils

I have just spent a fascinating day here in Cape Town with Malan Conradie at the Hysucat (Hydrofoil Boats International) factory. Mike G, you would be drooling..... just being finished is a 42ft Hysucat hard boat for a buyer in America. There is an unbelievable attention to detail, the likes I have never seen from any SA builder (makes me proud). I am talking about the sort of finish you would expect in a Fairline or Princess. We spoke about a large 12m+ Cabin rib, cat and hydrofoil of course and this is something already being designed. Take a look at this site, http://www.hydrofoildesign.com/media...cation2Web.htm for the serious techie stuff - interesting reading. I will post pictures when I am back in the UK because this dial-up is way too slow.
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Old 07 April 2003, 11:29   #2
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Nice one, Charles. I didn't get round to sending you the sketch of my idea simply because the further I got into it the more questions I asked myself. Think I'll sit on the whole thing for a while as I'm juggling too many balls as it is.

Nonetheless I remain mentally committed to the concept and am glad to hear that your Malan is continuing to move the whole thing forward.

Had a look at the site you flagged and I am a little confused. Malan is shown as part designer of the new craft for the US customer but I get the impression that FAST is owned by Dr Hoppe. Is it FAST that actually builds the boats or is that just the design company?
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Old 27 April 2003, 05:17   #3
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Hello Mike
Just arrived back from an amazing holiday!
Malan Conradie is a boat designer, first and foremost. He works very closely with Professor Hoppe from Stellenbosch University Engineering faculty on the hydrofoil technology and testing. FAST is just a trading company.
Here are some photos around the factory.
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Imagine this as a rib.....
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Tim/Gavin, check out these foils.......
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Beastly prop!
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Massive static aft foil tabs for dynamic stern lift.
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The cat design affords a massively beamy boat with huge amounts of space.
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At the back of the factory is the plug for a 52 footer.
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Nice stuff, Charles. Something new I might get involved with is starting to tick away in the background. It could lead to an ocean-going two-boat deal if the figures work out! Could be cool!
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