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10 Oct 2009

"The Hydrofoil Resource Site"

All Hydrofoils, All the Time!


The International Hydrofoil Society (IHS) is an all volunteer, not-for-profit organization of and for people who design, build, operate, or simply are interested in commercial, military, research, or recreational hydrofoils of any size... power (including human power!) or sail. Other sites are beautiful, but this site is fast, lean, and totally devoted to hydrofoils. Every page, every word, on the IHS site has been created by hand through the contributions of our members and the people who correspond with us. You too can participate, whether you are a member or not.

To navigate the IHS site, simply click on any topic listed below in the Site Directory. The date of last revision is shown in red after each topic. ( July 19, 2008 ) This site is free and open to all.

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Announcements and Current Events


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Sustaining Members are corporations, companies institutions and other organizations who wish to support the work of the Society.

Island Engineering, formed in 1999, is dedicated to design and engineering support of high performance marine vehicles- primarily for the development of advanced ride control systems.

Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) provides a mix of scientists, engineers, naval architects and technicians who are motivated to move ideas from concept through design and prototype.
HYDROSAIL Sailing Hydrofoils (HSH) HYDROSAIL Ltd Liability Corporation (LLC) has over 50 years of experience designing, engineering, fabricating, and sailing hydrofoil boats and hydrofoil control systems.

Recent Items

The next JOINT MEETING of the SNAME SD-5 PANEL AND  the INTERNATIONAL HYDROFOIL SOCIETY will be on, 18 June 2008 at the Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA. from 5:30 to 6:30 Cash Bar  -  6:30 to 7:30 Dinner  -  7:30 to 8:30 Program

The Presentation will be on Destriero by Donald L. Blount
President, Donald L. Blount and Associates, Inc. Chesapeake, VA ..... Click here for Details.

The IHS Subject Archives have been all updated to include all 2005 discussions from the IHS Bulletin Board as of 20 Aug 2006. The Discussion Forums On-Line (BBS) should be used for all current Discussions.


New!!! Even More Advanced Marine Vehicles (AMVs) CD Data Available. Nov 2007 IHS announces the Fourth Advanced Marine Vehicle (AMV) CD-ROM in its series of reference and historical AMV document releases. The new CD has 74 documents:

Click Here to download a Table of Contents.

  • Thirtyfive Documents on Hydrofoils
  • Twent one Documents Applicable to Multiple AMV Types
  • Ten Documents on Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) and Surface Effect Ships (SESes)
  • Three on SWATHs
  • Six Documents on Planing Mono and Multi-Hulls

Want details? Click Here to view a Table of Contents and abstracts for each document on the CD. Cost is only US$12.00 for IHS members; US$15.00 for nonmembers. This includes postage worldwide. IHS accepts payment by personal check, bank check, money order or cash (all in US dollars only).We have also arranged for payment by credit card (online only!).

Note: AMV CD-ROM #1, #2 and #3 the first three CDs in this series, are still available for sale.

Click Here for ordering instructions.

ALSO New!!! ALL Back-issues of IHS NEWSLETTERS (1978-2007) Available. IHS announces the consolidation and indexing of all IHS NEWSLETTERS onto a CD.

  • 1852+ articles on all the hydrofoil news for the last twenty five years

Want details? Click Here for an Index and abstracts for each document on the CD. Cost is only US$12.00 for IHS members; US$15.00 for nonmembers. This includes postage worldwide. IHS accepts payment by personal check, bank check, money order or cash (all in US dollars only).We have also arranged for payment by credit card (online only!).

Note: The current and just past issues are always available to IHS Memebers for immediate download at this page.

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Second Quarter 2008 Newsletter

Electronic Copy in Adobe Acrobat format available NOW to members in good standing. Click Here.

  • Free Sample Newsletter -- Electronic Copy (400K)... The Password is shipofthefuture. Read it on screen or print it out with free Adobe Acrobat Reader Software available below (Acrobat Reader version 6.0 or higher required) Hint: zoom to 130% for easier reading!
  • Free Sample Newsletter -- Hard Copy By Mail... Include POSTAL address with your request!
  • For an index of past newsletter articles, Click here (This is a Microsoft Excel file)
  • Past IHS Newsletters CD -- A new CD with all past IHS Newsletters since 1978 through to 2007, has been collected into one convienient CD with 1852+ seperate news articles is now available for $12.00 IHS Member Price, postpaid price or $15.00 Non-Member Price, postpaid price, postpaid worldwide.

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