I'll gladly assemble a photo essay for others who like myself, might also follow in Harry Larsen's footsteps. -- Barry Steele ( email@example.com)
I would be pleased to hear of your progress and to respond to any further questions you may have. -- Harry Larsen ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are interested in converting a regular planing hull craft, take a look at Harry Larsen's
site to see what is involved, including parts breakout and detailed estimated cost: http://mysite.verizon.net/res6pe7p/index.htm
In some cases, historically, even successful. -- Harry Larsen ( email@example.com)
[7 Jan 99] When I was last in Seattle I had the pleasure of not only meeting Harry Larsen
but actually getting to ride in his
hydrofoil TALARIA III . This is the first time I have been able to ride one foilborne and I can tell you it is amazing!
is sitting in the water it is not obvious that she
is very different from any other cabin cruiser.
The fully submerged foil system is controlled with a custom build analog computer using an inclinometer (pendulum type device) for roll control and a front mounted ski type of mechanical height control.
tells me it was an important design criteria not to use expensive aerospace equipment like gyros.
Propulsion is provided by an extended I.O.
I was most amazed at the stability and feel of control, after becoming comfortable there is no doubt that you could cruise at speed right through most traffic with confidence which Mr. Larsen
demonstrated at he
back into the harbor.
tells me that while it is safe and there is less wake than at all but idle speed hull borne the problem with such a maneuver is that it will scare the wits out of others in the harbor to see this big cabin cruiser moving at 25 knots so close.
It would result in someone immediately calling the coast guard or harbor master!
Fortunately for us this was a cool fall day and there was no one else around.
This would be the perfect answer to big lakes like The Lake of the Ozarks that are nearly unbearable due to the rough conditions from so much traffic.
I simply find it ridiculous that there are so few hydrofoils out there.
This is a gold mine I swear.
For no more than it would cost to have a conversion done, after riding Mr. Larsen's boat there is no way I would spend the kind of money a cruiser of that size cost without having it fit with foils! -- Elliot S. James ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
It may be useful to builders for their better understanding of the cost of the various subsystems. -- Harry Larsen ( email@example.com)
[29 May 99, updated 19 Mar 00] The one person I know of who has done this is Harry Larsen
, a Boeing employee, who modified his
Bayliner named TALARIA III
is willing to correspond with others interested in doing the same.