EVENTS
  1. NOV 29 - DEC 1 SEE US IN NEW ORLEANS
    INTERNATIONAL WORK BOAT SHOW
    Scott , Cory and Dave will be at Booth # 3260 on Wednesday - Friday at the Morial Convention Center. Go to www.workboatshow.com for more information.
VISIT ARMSTRONG CONSOLIDATED 
If you are in Port Townsend (and there are lots of reasons to go there) make sure you visit Armstrong Consolidated. Call Dave Franz  to arrange a time.
CONTACT
IN THE NEWS
Dr Hoppe was interviewed for the November 2017 Work Boat News. Here's a sneak preview: 
  
Q: Can you give us a brief history of the foil assist concept?
I began research into hydrofoil assistance at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa four decades ago.  Our early successes in this research led to several patents registered for Hysucat (later known as Hysucraft) which remain the foundation technology  to a whole industry for hydrofoil assisted craft. The system is based on dynamic load sharing between the hulls and the foil system and it is this that creates all the benefits inherent in the system.
Some of our early projects include several Navy and Police vessels for the South African Navy and Police Service, Passenger Ferries in Cape Town as well as high speed luxury yachts. Several vessels for the Royal Thai Navy as well as the Thai Customs Patrol brought the technology onto the world stage in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

Q: And now it's 2017 and you have a new direction. Can you tell us about it?
Traditionally I have worked with different yards and naval architects and often the results were less than optimal as a result of the "many cooks and the broth" model. I have now formed a new company called Foil Assist Cats which we are launching at the 2017 Work Boat Show. It is a collaboration between ourselves (FASTcc), Jutson Marine Design and ACI Boats the purpose of which is to offer a fully integrated approach from preliminary design to build to sea trials and certification. FASTcc will design, certify and supply the foils but the main thing is maintaining close control of the process.

Q: Tell us why someone would want a foil assist catamaran?
FACs are typically a fast boat solution - 30-40 kts. In that range the resistance curve is flat so choose your speed and your range will not change. From that departure point the strengths are superior ride quality, reduced fuel burn (up to 40%) , reduced wake wash (approx 30% over non foil assist cat), reduced scantlings and engine size, and high stability. This is the optimal solution for crew boats, eco tour boats, passenger ferries, and high speed work boats in general. The foil system itself is passive and requires no specific response from the operator - your current crew will be good to go.

Q: Is this technology expensive?
The value far outweighs the cost. Smaller engines and lighter scantlings offset the cost of the foils so, on average, you could expect a 5% increase in build costs. Also consider that there is no secondary maintenance required so the costs are one off.