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Old 07-08-2018, 01:44 AM   #5801
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Its seems weird to have an outboard powered hydro foil. With the wing so far forward I guess only the front lifts up......but then the glass bottom is useless.
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Old 07-08-2018, 01:47 AM   #5802
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A foiler as well
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Old 07-08-2018, 02:27 AM   #5803
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Here's a picture of the glass bottom boat underway...
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Old 07-08-2018, 03:37 AM   #5804
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Its an interesting device.
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:29 AM   #5805
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Does it turn a tourist dollar? If yes, it`s a boat for sure.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:15 AM   #5806
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The glass area probably give it a crap hull shape - the hydrofoils at the front lift that out of the water and allow it to get to the coral (or whatever ) quickly thus allowing more trips in a day and more $$$$$s for the operator PLUS if could give it a point of difference over conventional boats - more appeal to sightseers and you guessed it - more $$$$s
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:16 AM   #5807
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LOL Perhaps an example when one designs a boat while doing LSD?
Anything is possible.
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:11 PM   #5808
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:26 PM   #5809
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Here's a picture of the glass bottom boat underway...


Looks like OK ride on 6" waves. Now imagine that craft in seas of 2'... How bout 4'... then 8' seas!!! Not my cup O' tea!
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:05 PM   #5810
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Quite large in real life. More glass than expected as well. Pretty stricking.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:05 PM   #5811
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Well, it’s 97’ so yeah. Large. [emoji23]

Bad ass boat!
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:51 AM   #5812
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I get the whole rationale, engineering and all. The objective side of me appreciates it. But deep down, I can’t love it. I just can’t. I feel terrible now.
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Old 07-09-2018, 01:19 AM   #5813
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I get the whole rationale, engineering and all. The objective side of me appreciates it. But deep down, I can’t love it. I just can’t. I feel terrible now.
Don't feel bad... I don't!

For 97' - I can dream a better boat than that - IMO!!
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Old 07-13-2018, 04:25 PM   #5814
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Don't know if this one has been posted here.
The video unfortunately only with music. No information. And I have so far not found anything in English about it.

Edit: Well, anyway. Jorma Ponkala is the person behind it. He and his wife built it. It's of course filled with different ideas, concepts being tested and so on. Not a fast boat, but he's in no hurry.
He also made a smaller version earlier. That one is called Aton.


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Based on the shape of the boat, I see this more of a test platform.
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:49 PM   #5816
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Benford designed steeler built in the UK. Twin 43 HP Beta’s, serious freeboard. Wish I could see the bottom.

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Old 07-14-2018, 12:38 AM   #5817
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I like the Benford. The exterior asthetics remind me of Great Harbor, but the interior is unique. The simplicity, versatility, and price point are appealing.
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I love that Benford. As long as I'm dreaming, how much is it going to cost to have it shipped from the UK to New Orleans? And, I assume, there are import duties and fees to bring it to the US.
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I love that Benford. As long as I'm dreaming, how much is it going to cost to have it shipped from the UK to New Orleans? And, I assume, there are import duties and fees to bring it to the US.
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Based on my experience out of Northern Europe I am going to estimate your cost to the Gulf to be around 35K to move this boat over. I was around 70K going thru the canal and up the West Coast to BC. I used Raven Offshore and I expect for them you might have to get the boat moved across the channel to Belgium.
The duties were surprisingly moderate in my case two years ago at around 1%. That may have changed...
I think Raven sails at least once a month out of Antwerp, Belgium and your boat would go on the deck or in the hold of a freighter.
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Buy the boat, tour Europe then when you import the boat, it will be a used boat.
That's how it used to be with cars bought over seas.
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