Hydrofoils Inc. Completes Testing on 50-foot High-Speed Boat
RIVIERA BEACH — Hydrofoils Incorporated, a 60-year innovator in high-speed marine design and technology, has successfully completed testing of its prototype for the new 50-foot high-speed super boat.
The 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 percent more fuel efficient. The main cabin rides above the water and is not subject to wave impact and drag, thus producing a minimal wake. 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 60 years of proprietary technology incorporated into the Interceptor provide 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.”