Dedication ceremonies were held in Honolulu today marking introduction of high-speed hydrofoil service in Hawaiian waters.
Dedication ceremonies were held in Honolulu today marking introduction of high-speed hydrofoil service in Hawaiian waters. It also marks the introduction of hydrofoil service in the United States.
The first Hawaiian boat is named the Kamehameha (KA-MAYA-MAYA) after the famed island king. The boat was tested on Washington's Puget Sound before being delivered to Hawaii. This hydrofoil is built by the Boeing Aerospace Company and is called a Jetfoil. Many aircraft features are designed into the 90-foot long boat to give passengers a smooth ride at speeds of almost fifty miles an hour-even over tall waves. Training to be the new pilots of the Jetfoil were employees of Pacific Sea Transportation of Hawaii, operators of the boat. They were trained by Boeing's test pilot, Gene Parsons.
runs 11 secs. Outcue: "come up to about five feet."
The smooth ride is due to the design of fully submerged foils that are computer-controlled to adjust to wave height.
runs 48 secs. Outcue: "go ahead and manoeuvre the turns."
The airplanes-like controls used to steer Jetfoil allow it to bank like an airplane. Power comes from waterjets, thus eliminating propellers and any wake.
runs 48 secs. Outcue: "boat comes through turn."
Kamehameha will be the first of three Jetfoils to go into service in Hawaii. This marks the return of scheduled water transportation to the islands. Regular ferry service had been stopped in the late forties because conventional vessels could not comfortably navigate the rough pacific waters. Jetfoils can.
Dedication ceremonies were held in Honolulu today marking introduction of high-speed hydrofoil service in Hawaiian waters. It also marks the introduction of hydrofoil service in the United States. The boat, the Kamehameha (KA-MAYA-MAYA), is the first of three which will be operated in Hawaii by SeaFlite. It was built by Boeing Aerospace company of Seattle and is one of the firm's new line of Jetfoils.
Foilborne, off Hawaii's famed Diamond head, the Kamehameha, travelling at 50 miles an hour, seems as natural as the surfers off Walk.
Several hundred Hawaiians already have ridden the boat during the test and trial period in inter-island waters.
These include George Ariyoshi (ARE-E-OH-SHE), the Governor of Hawaii, and his wife.
It's just a few minutes ride out of the terminal at the Aloha Tower and the waves already are eight feet high. In a conventional boat you begin rocking. While in the Jetfoil, the skippers adjust controls to have the boat ride above the waves. The ride is smooth as passengers relax and drink coffee.
Jetfoil, the new, crossed paths with the old. This sailing ship is the Esmeralda, the training vessel for the Chilean Navy.
The Kamehameha has made trips between the islands, including the difficult Molaki Channel. On this trip, to the community of Hawaii Kai, the foils were raised briefly and one had an idea of what it is like on la regular boat...and glad when the boat again was foilborne.
The Governor and other state officials were part of a demonstration program. The state is considering the purchase of more Jetfoils. And governor Ariyoshi was impressed.