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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyodo View Post
    I think you're referring to a hovercraft
    No, they're called Ekranoplans

    I'd prefer a J Class

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyodo View Post
    I think you're referring to a hovercraft
    The Caspian Sea Monster was not a hovercraft : it was a 1960s Russian-designed ground effect aircraft that took advantage of the lift generated by the cushion of air that exists between the wings of a very low flying aircraft and the ground.
    Obviously the sea is predominantly flat so the effect is most valuable over water.

    The Russians produced a whole series of these craft known as "Ekranoplans" using the principal. The military sea monster was the largest with a wingspan of 37m and a length of 92m.
    It was designed to carry 250,000kg of cargo and troops at an altitude of 5m-10m at a speed in excess of 250knots !

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    The Caspian Sea Monster crashed and sunk in the 1980s through pilot error and as the dry weight was 240,000kg it was too heavy to be recovered.

    Some years ago James May tried a small twin engined four-seater passenger version the size of a Cessna on a frozen lake and was very impressed with it.
    The U Tube video below shows both the original Sea Monster in flight and his flight in the smaller version.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch2zs-7je_s
    A proper car has a V12 engine in the front

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    There was a really good documentary on wing-in-ground-effect craft a few years ago. It must be on you tube.....

    On topic....is it just me who thinks these AC 45 (and 72's) are dangerous when hydrofoiling?

    With the speeds involved if they 'catch an edge' it can only end in disaster...

    An absolutely unreal spectator sport though.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike01606 View Post
    There was a really good documentary on wing-in-ground-effect craft a few years ago. It must be on you tube.....

    On topic....is it just me who thinks these AC 45 (and 72's) are dangerous when hydrofoiling?

    With the speeds involved if they 'catch an edge' it can only end in disaster...

    An absolutely unreal spectator sport though.....
    I still prefer the J class yachts. e.g. Bill Stephenson's Valsheda, a proper boat and built in Gosport www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x_VD78VeAI

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    Well the weather wasn't great ...for spectators anyway. It absolutely chucked it down.
    This was the best of the weather before visibility deteriorated sending me off to the beer tent 🍺🍺
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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffpfc View Post
    I still prefer the J class yachts
    I have to agree. These modern Cats are technically fascinating but nothing like as elegant as the J's

    It's the same with Formula 1 though, isn't it ?

    Compare the current Mercedes with unsightly winglets and other aerodynamic devices plastered all over it with simple elegance of a Lotus 33, a W196 or my favourite, the Ferrari 312b.

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    But even a J Class Yacht pales into insignificance compared with the most beautiful creation ever designed by a man ...................


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    A proper car has a V12 engine in the front

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    Default E type v 360

    For me the wheels and wheelbase detract from the looks of the E type, the raodster is better, but the 360 is far better proprtioned and sexier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffpfc View Post
    For me the wheels and wheelbase detract from the looks of the E type, the roadster is better, but the 360 is far better proprtioned and sexier.
    Mr Ferrari would not have agreed with you !

    And it's an E Type, not a Ferrari in the New York Museum of Modern Art..............
    A proper car has a V12 engine in the front

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chriss View Post
    Mr Ferrari would not have agreed with you !

    And it's an E Type, not a Ferrari in the New York Museum of Modern Art..............
    You almost had me there Chris until you mentioned the US of A and Art , Mr Ferrari may have said that about the E-type and I agree that the body is very elegant, it's just that, to me, it's like purchasing a Saville Row suit and then buying your shoes in Primark

    As this is a thread about the Americas Cup and boats, perhaps we can leave the discussion about beautiful cars for another thread.

    FWIW I'm a Pre-Raphaelite fan and think that one of the most beautiful paintings of all time is Ophelia by Millais, whereas you're probably a Van Gogh fan and prefer Sunflowers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chriss View Post
    The Caspian Sea Monster was not a hovercraft
    I was joking

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