Russian Hydro-Foils for filling in commute bottle-necks?

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Squidly-Diddly, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. Squidly-Diddly
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    Squidly-Diddly Senior Member

    How about someone writing up some contingency contracts to get a bunch of those cool Buck Rodgers style Russian Hydro-Foils lined up to alleviate various commuter bottle-necks here in the San Francisco Bay or elsewhere?

    Not only do we have a BART(that is our little train that goes under the bay and elsewhere) strike looming, but all the bridges are questionable and we got earthquakes.

    What sort of logistics would be involved?

    We have some ferry service but it is pretty lame and limited, and slow.

    They have "ocean going" hydro-foils so I figure they could show up reasonably quickly under their own power.
  2. rwatson
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    rwatson Senior Member

    Them and fast cats would also be very useful. Often harbour speed limits make fast water transport useless unfortunately.

    Had a fast cat taking commuters to the CBD in Melbourne at one time - but it had to put them off 45 minutes away from the offices, as the speed limits up the river was only five knots - even buses move faster.
  3. RHP
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    RHP Senior Member

    Russian hydrofoils litter the world, the vast majority being well past their service date, lefting rotting in every abandoned dock worldwide.
  4. kach22i
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    Fast speed rivercraft worked in the USSR so well because of the river system and long distances.

    Hovercraft immune to submerged logs and able to operate on ice were even more useful in that climate.

    With short distances speed may add cost. You need a long route where the speed saves real time and money on gas (if non-turbine powered).

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  5. yipster
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    yipster designer

    where? okay, they occasionaly crash but i think they are cool :D

  6. RHP
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    RHP Senior Member

    Thessaloniki and Buenos Aires immediately spring to mind. If I have to actually think I´ll come up with a few more places.
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