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Post by Chad Durren » Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:52 pm

A nice break for those folks like myself who tend to get too wrapped up in today's technology. R&D done "Old School".

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Post by Al Benton » Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:48 pm

Chad,

What's the history here? That looks like something that Naval Architect Van VanBibber may have come up with.

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Post by Don Ayers » Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:39 pm

That is a very interesting story and really interesting is the rumor that the Miss America X engines powered that thing. To bad they were lost when it went down somewhere.

Surely there are some news clippings or something of the sinking?

Anyone?

And is it coming or going????
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Post by Al Benton » Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:50 pm

Well, Don and Chad know the story but I'm still guessing.

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Post by Don Ayers » Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:56 pm

Experimental design built by Wood late in life, sunk somewhere.

That's all I know. The Gar Wood book did not have a lot to say about it. I'll have to go back and look now.
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Post by Chad Durren » Fri Jul 24, 2009 5:00 pm

It's yet another Gar Wood invention - a 188ft racing catamaran, powered by 4/1200 HP diesels. He built it after "retiring" in Miami in the forties. After he split from Gar Wood Industries. The later (45-47) GW boats were designed by Norman Bel Geddes, an industrial designer. These pics were taken in '49 in front of his island home in Miami (Biscayne Bay?.

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Post by Al Benton » Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:19 pm

Thanks,

That's amazing.

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Post by steve bunda » Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:13 pm

WoW, I just spilled beer on computer, we have got to look into this!! steve

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Post by Chad Durren » Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:50 pm

1949 article from Modern Mechanix
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Post by Bill Basler » Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:15 pm

Chad's got all the bases covered. The experimental boat was known as Venturi. It was multihull boat that was designed to have the actual air pressure raise the boat up out of the water. Not a foil hull, and not a hydro, yet kind of similar in principle to modern tunnel hull boats, in the that shape of the inner hull surfaces actually compresses the air that runs under it. Notice in the photo of Gar in the pool that Chad posted, the actual curved sides of the hull face inward, with the flat sliced sides of the hull outward. The curved hull sides created a venturi. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venturi_effect

I read somewhere what Venturi was powered by. I cannot remember where I read. It seems like it might have been powered by Liberty's.

We actually have a 16mm film of this boat in action, and quite a feature film of Gar Wood himself. The film has been digitized, and will someday be released as our Archive Film Series DVD 2.

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Post by Al Schinnerer » Sat Jul 25, 2009 3:27 pm

The "Venturi" was certainly a different-looking boat, but it wasn't a Gar Wood invention. It's a scaled-up version of Albert Hickman's Sea Sleds that were popular in the 1920s-30s. A 35' Hickman Sea Sled set a speed record of 58 mph in 1921 (see Bob Speltz' Real Runabouts Vol. III, page 29).
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Post by Chad Durren » Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:13 pm

Thanks for setting me straight Al. They definitely are the same concept, and looks like Hickman patented it long before Gar's experiment.
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