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Hydrofoils are a type of vessel which use foil shaped appendages to generate lift, raising the hull from the water and significantly reducing resistance.


Typically, 1-3 hydrofoil elements are used. The foils may be incidence controlled. They may be fully submerged and connected by struts, or U-shaped. They may be split.

  • Aft foil section(s) larger: 'Canard' configuration
  • Forward foil section(s) larger: 'Airplane' configuration
  • Equal sections fore & aft: 'Tandem' configuration

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