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Appears that Hydroptère, which had been sailed from HNL to SFO, has been dismantled and is being shipped back to Nantes, in France.

https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/lhydroptere-va-renaitre-sur-la-loire

Seems that Airbus is somehow involved, making it more likely that she'll fly again at some point.  The article suggests that they plan to get all the pieces back in Nantes in the next few months, put them together and get them all working again. The object is for Hydroptère to serve as a test vehicle for new applications, materials and ideas.

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Great news! Looking forward to seeing her fly again. The article states that hopefully it may happen before the end of the year!

Regarding the involvement of Airbus, apparently Airbus and other French aerospace indutries were very involved with the original development of the boat way back when, hence the current interest in getting her back on the water

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11 hours ago, Somebody Else said:

Seriously, though... what are you going to do with 27-year-old technology?

If the technology is 30 years ahead of the game, then it’s still ahead

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I can see the future. On Lake Union we have the Center for Wooden Boats (an absolute gem). In Nantes, we will have the Centre des Hydrofoils à Voiles. A replica of MONITOR by Baker Mfg., a replica of WILLIWAW, and perhaps the original MAYFLY and ICARUS...and the first hydrofoil windsurfer...and the UFO prototype, and the first foiling moth...and wouldn't it be grand if, like the Center for Wooden Boats, you could put $20 or something in the box and go sail one?!  Haha. Dreams.

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On 3/21/2021 at 3:54 AM, madboutcats said:

If the technology is 30 years ahead of the game, then it’s still ahead

And she did sail reliably in the ocean, offshore.  Wiiliwaw did that too.....half a century ago....    Maybe they will race one of the new semi foiling Figaro 3’s, Open 60’s & Hydoptere offshore & we’ll see which is out of date..... :)

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23 hours ago, fastyacht said:

I can see the future. On Lake Union we have the Center for Wooden Boats (an absolute gem). In Nantes, we will have the Centre des Hydrofoils à Voiles. A replica of MONITOR by Baker Mfg., a replica of WILLIWAW, and perhaps the original MAYFLY and ICARUS...and the first hydrofoil windsurfer...and the UFO prototype, and the first foiling moth...and wouldn't it be grand if, like the Center for Wooden Boats, you could put $20 or something in the box and go sail one?!  Haha. Dreams.

Using the Center or Wooden Boats as a judge, actually taking anything out will be a major accomplishment.  But it was worth the effort to qualify & take one of the Beetle Cats out on Lake Union.

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5 hours ago, Amati said:

Using the Center or Wooden Boats as a judge, actually taking anything out will be a major accomplishment.  But it was worth the effort to qualify & take one of the Beetle Cats out on Lake Union.

I always went rowing there on every businesstrip to Lake Union.

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