A high-speed craft (HSC) is a high speed water vessel for civilian use, also called a fastcraft or fast ferry. The first high-speed craft were often hydrofoils or hovercraft, but in the 1990s catamaran and even monohull designs have become popular. Most high-speed craft serve as passenger ferries, but the largest catamarans and monohulls also carry cars and even buses and freight (e.g. Stena's HSS). Hulled designs are often powered by pump-jets coupled to medium speed diesel engines. Hovercraft are usually powered by gas turbines or diesel engines driving propellors and impellors.
In accordance with SOLAS Chapter X Reg. 1.3, High Speed Crafts are crafts capable of a maximum speed, in metres per second (m/s), equal to or exceeding:
where: = volume of displacement in cubic metres corresponding to the design waterline, excluding craft of which the hull is supported clear above the water surface in non-displacement mode by aerodynamic forces generated by ground effect.
- HSC Benchijigua Express world´s largest civilian trimaran.
- Fincantieri MDV1200 Super SeaCat
- PacifiCat Series
- Auto Express 86
- Passenger-Only Fast Ferry Class ferry
- Meteor (hydrofoil)
- High-speed Sea Service, Finnyards HSS 1500 and Westamarin HSS 900 developed and operated by Stena Line
- Hawaii Superferry
- Lake Express (Lake Michigan)
- Leonora Christina
- HSC Silvia Ana L
- Tanger Jet II
- Tarifa Jet
- HSV-2 Swift
- HMAS Jervis Bay (AKR 45)
- SSTH Ocean Arrow
- Villum Clausen
- HSC Jonathan Swift
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