Boeing 929-115-018 Cacilhas at Hong Kong harbour.
|Class and type||Passenger hydrofoil|
|Tonnage||115 metric tons|
|Draft||4 feet 6 inches to 6 feet 6 inches (foilborne)|
|Propulsion||2x Rolls-Royce Allison 501KF Gas Turbine engines|
|Speed||40 to 45 knots (46 to 51.8 mph)|
|Capacity||250 to 350 passengers|
|Crew||4 to 8 crew|
|Notes||2150 L gas oil/h (consider the cruising distance per hour)|
Boeing began adapting many systems used in jet airplanes for hydrofoils. Robert Bateman led development. Boeing launched its first passenger-carrying waterjet-propelled hydrofoil in April 1974. It could carry from 167 to 400 passengers. It was based on the same technology pioneered by the patrol hydrofoil Tucumcari, and used some of the same technology used in the Pegasus class military patrol hydrofoils. The product line was licensed to the Japanese company Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
Design and development
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Boeing launched three Jetfoil 929-100 hydrofoils that were acquired in 1975 for service in the Hawaiian Islands, which was operated by a Honolulu-based operator Seaflight Inc. Seaflight operated 3 Boeing Jetfoils between 1975 and the company's demise in 1979. When the service ended the three hydrofoils were acquired by Far East Hydrofoil (now TurboJET) for service between Hong Kong and Macau. About two dozen Boeing Jetfoils saw service in Hong Kong-Macau, Japan, South Korea, the English Channel, the Canary Islands, the Korea Strait, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
In 1979, the Royal Navy purchased a Boeing Jetfoil, HMS Speedy, to provide the Royal Navy with an opportunity to gain practical experience in the operation and support of a modern hydrofoil, to establish technical and performance characteristics, and to assess the capability of a hydrofoil in the Fishery Protection Squadron.
In 1980 B&I shipping lines opened a Jetfoil service from Dublin to Liverpool with the jetfoil Cú Na Mara (Hound of the Sea). The service was not a success and was discontinued at the end of the 1981 season.
In North America, the Boeing Jetfoil saw regularly scheduled service between Seattle, Washington, and Victoria, British Columbia, during the summer tourist season of 1980. Leased from Boeing, a single Jetfoil, the Flying Princess, was operated by the non-profit Flying Princess Transportation Corp., with the close co-operation and assistance of the B.C. Steamship Company. Regularly scheduled service ran from Seattle to Victoria to Vancouver from April to September, 1985, by Island Jetfoil. Boeing reclaimed the Island Jetfoil boat and sold it for service in Japan.
Built by Boeing Marine Systems in Renton, Washington
|Hull||Type||Original name||Original operator||Delivery||Disposition||2nd name||2nd operator||3rd name||3rd operator||4th name||4th operator||5th name||5th operator|
|No. 1||929-100||Jetfoil One||Boeing Marine Systems||Jul 1974||Retired (spare parts)||1975 Kalakaua||Seaflite Pacific Sea Trsp.||1978 Flores||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong|
|No. 2||929-100||Madeira||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong||Feb 1975||Retired after accident in 2013|
|No. 3||929-100||Kamehameha||Seaflite Pacific Sea Trsp.||Mar 1975||Inactive||1978 Corvo||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong||Hijet||Hijet Ferry / Miraejet Co. Ltd.|
|No. 4||929-100||Kuhio||Seaflite Pacific Sea Trsp.||Sep 1975||Retired in 2018||1978 Pico||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong|
|No. 5||929-100||Santa Maria||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong||Jun 1975||Scrapped in 2021 (Retired in 2019)|
|No. 6||929-100||Anita Dan||J.Lauritzen Seaflight||Oct 1976||Active||1977 Jet Caribe||Turismo Margarita||1979 Sao Jorge||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong|
|No. 7||929-100||Flying Princess||P&O Jet Ferries||Sep 1976||Scrapped in 2021||1980 Princesa Voladora||Trasmediterranea||1981 Urzela||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong|
|No. 8||929-100||Jet Oriente||Turismo Margarita||Feb 1977||Active||1978 Jet Caribe II||-||1979 Acores||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong||Kobee II||Miraejet Co. Ltd.||Kobee III||-|
|No. 9||929-100||Okesa||Sado Steam Ship||Feb 1977||Scrapped in 2021 (Retired in 2018)||Guia||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong|
|No. 10||929-100||Flying Princess II||P&O Jet Ferries||Jul 1978||Active||Ponta Delgada||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong||Kobee V||Miraejet Co. Ltd.|
|No. 11||929-115||Mikado||Sado Steam Ship||1979||Active||2003 Toppy 4||Tane Yaku Jetfoils||Toppy 7||-|
|No. 12||929-115||Normandy Princess||Jetlink Ferries Ltd.||Feb 1979||Active||1980 Terceira||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong|
|No. 13||929-115||Jet Ferry One||P&O Jet Ferries||Sep 1979||Active||1982 Funchal||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong|
|No. 14||929-115||HMS Speedy||Royal Navy||Jan 1979||Retired||1982 Speedy Princess||-||Lilau||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong|
|No. 15||929-115||Cú Na Mara||B&I Line||1980||Active||1982 Ginga||Sado Steam Ship|
|No. 16||929-115||Jet Ferry Two||P&O Jet Ferries||Apr 1980||Active||1982 Horta||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong|
|No. 17||929-115||Montevideo Jet||Alimar S.A. Argentinia||Oct 1980||Active||1981 Aries||Boeing Marine Systems||1985 Spirit Of Friendship||Island Jetfoil Co. Canada||1987 Jet 7||Jet Line Kansai Kisen||2000 Seven Island Ai||Tōkai Kisen Co.|
|No. 18||929-115||Princesa Guayarmina||Trasmediterranea||Feb 1981||Active||1991 Cacilhas||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong|
|No. 19||929-115||Princesse Clementine||RMT Belgium||Apr 1981||Active||1998 Adler Blizzard||Adler Schiffe GmbH & Co||2001 Seajet Kara||Seajets.com||2002 Seven Island Niji||Tōkai Kisen Co.|
|No. 20||929-115||Prinses Stephanie||RMT Belgium||Jun 1981||Inactive as of Dec. 2014||1998 Adler Wizzard||Adler Schiffe GmbH & Co||2001 Seajet Kristen||Seajets.com||2002 Seven Island Yume||Tōkai Kisen Co.|
|No. 21||929-115||Princesa Guacimara||Trasmediterranea||Sep 1981||Active||1990 Taipa||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong|
|No. 22||929-115||Bima Samudera I||PT Pelni Indonesia||Nov 1981||2001 Laid-up in Surabaya|
|No. 23||929-115||Prince Abdul Aziz II||Saudi Royal Yacht||1984||Active||Rocket 2||Cosmo Line||-||Tane Yaku Jetfoils|
|No. 24||929-119||Bima Samudera II||Indonesian Marine||Jul 1984||1984 Laid-up in Surabaya|
|No. 25||929-119||Bima Samudera III||Indonesian Marine||1985||1985 Laid-up in Surabaya|
|No. 26||929-117||Jet 8||Jet Line Kansai Kisen||1985||Active||1996 Falcon||Sado Steam Ship||2000 Venus 2||Kyushu Yusen|
|No. 27||929-120||Bima Samudera IV||Indonesian Marine||uncompleted||1985 Laid-up in Surabaya shipyard|
|No. 28||929-120||Bima Samudera V||Indonesian Marine||uncompleted||1985 Laid-up in Surabaya shipyard|
Built under license by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. in Kobe, Japan
|Hull||Type||Original Name||Original Operator||Delivery||Disposition (2012)||2nd name||2nd operator||3rd Name||3rd operator|
|No. 1||929-117||Tsubasa||Sado Steam Ship||Mar 1998||Active|
|No. 2||929-117||Pegasus||Kyusyu Shosen Co. Ltd.||Jun 1989||Active||Toppy 1||Tane Yaku Jetfoils||2013 Seven Island Tomo||Tōkai Kisen Co.|
|No. 3||929-117||Toppy 1||Tane Yaku Jetfoils||Sep 1989||Active||Beetle 3||JR Kyushu Jet Ferries|
|No. 4||929-117||Princess Dacil||Trasmediterranea||Mar 1990||Active||Pegasus||Kyusyu Shosen Co. Ltd.|
|No. 5||929-117||Nagasaki||JR Kyushu Jet Ferries||Apr 1990||Active||Beetle 1||JR Kyushu Jet Ferries|
|No. 6||929-117||Beetle||JR Kyushu Jet Ferries||Jul 1990||Active||Rocket||Cosmo Line||Rocket 3||Tane Yaku Jetfoils|
|No. 7||929-117||Unicorn||Kyusyu Shosen Co. Ltd.||Oct 1990||Active||Pegasus 2||Kyusyu Shosen Co. Ltd.|
|No. 8||929-117||Beetle 2||JR Kyushu Jet Ferries||Feb 1991||Active|
|No. 9||929-117||Venus||Kyushu Yusen||Mar 1991||Active|
|No. 10||929-117||Suisei||Sado Steam Ship||Apr 1991||Active|
|No. 11||929-117||Princess Teguise||Trasmediterranea||Jun 1991||Active||2007 Toppy 5||Tane Yaku Jetfoils|
|No. 12||929-117||Toppy 2||Tane Yaku Jetfoils||Apr 1992||Active|
|No. 13||929-117||Toppy 3||Tane Yaku Jetfoils||Mar 1995||Active|
|No. 14||929-117||Crystal Wing||Kaijo Access Co.||Jun 1994||Active||2002 Beetle 5||JR Kyushu Jet Ferries||2014 Seven Island Tairyo||Tōkai Kisen Co.|
|No. 15||929-117||Emerald Wing||Kaijo Access Co.||Jun 1994||Active||2004 Rocket 1||Cosmo Line||-||Tane Yaku Jetfoil|
|No. 16||929-117||Seven Island Yui||Tōkai Kisen Co.||July 2020||Active|
Built under license by Shanghai Simno Marine Ltd. CSSC, China
|Hull||Type||Original name||Original operator||Delivery||Disposition (2012)||2nd name||2nd operator|
|101||PS-30||Balsa||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong||1994||Scrapped in Sep 2020||-||-|
|102||PS-30||Praia||Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong||1995||Active||KobeE||Miraejet Co. Ltd.|
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- Seattle times October 22, 1997 "Boeing decided to get out of the hydrofoil business after building 32. It sold a license to build the hydrofoils to Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries".
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HMS SPEEDY was procured in 1979 to provide the Royal Navy with an opportunity to gain practical experience in the operation and support of a modern hydrofoil, to establish technical and performance characteristics, and to assess the capability of a hydrofoil in the UK 'Offshore Tapestry' role. The present paper describes the operational and technical evaluation of HMS SPEEDY undertaken in 1980-82, and outlines the results obtained.
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- Lane, Polly (October 22, 1997). "Hydrofoil Comeback Proposed". The Seattle Times.
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