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Monitor

The 1950's hydrofoil, using a mechanical computer they sailed at 30 knots.


#@hanno; june 1995 View »

Monitor Video's

Video's taken from an old VHS cassette from the original movie. The resolution is coarse the action very interesting.


#@hanno; sept 1999 View »

Monitor 3d Model

Both the original design and the real Monitor were modelled in 3D. The dual wingmasted original design is amazing.


#@hanno; oct 2001 View »


Baker mfg.co. sailing hydrofoil. Video's

The video's below is from the digitized version of the original footage from the fifties. Thanks to Neil Lien I acquired a copy in the European system, with some loss in quality, but still very exiting.

Monitor passing at speed

Monitor arriving at speed and sailing closeby the motor launch. Notice the little nose-diving action as she approaches. Her speed is not the fastest on the video but her sailing this close is very nice.
Personally I am impressed by the apparent lack of wave induced motion in Monitor. The ladder foils combined with the mechanical force balancing computer obviuosly dampens the motion. Waveheight 30cm, Beaufort 5?
Mr Baker and mr Lien clearly recognisable (in te original footage).

Monitor at speed

This is the fastest footage on the video. The camera rocks as the film was obviuosly shot by hand from the motoboat. Look at how steady and fast Monitor sails. When shown this film in the 1970/1980 resurgence of speesailing, James Grogono concludes Monitor might have sailed 30kn in 1955.
It should be possible to calculate the speed, by timing how long the spray takes to cover the distance from frontfoils to rear foils.

Monitor gybing almost foilborn

Monitor doing an almost foilborn gybe. To me it seems that a faster gybe might have left her on the foils. There seems to be a too long pause in change of tack just after the boom has passed. Consequnetly it takes a little long before the sail is filled and Monitor starts again. I presume much better gybes were performed, but as always the best is never on film.
Nice to see Monitor take-off. It looks like she first gets up vertically and then accelerate s

Monitor predecessor

Monitor arriving at speed and sailing closeby the motor launch. Notice the little nose-diving action as she approaches. Her speed is not the fastest on the video but het sailing this close is very nice.
Personally I am impressed by the apparent lack of wave induced motion in Monitor. The ladder foils combined with the mechanical force balancing computer obviuosly dampens the motion. Waveheight 30cm, Beaufort 5?

Monitor predecessor 2

The towboat fitted with the sail overtakes a yacht. Imagine what everyone present thought of this difference in speed, how exhilirating it must have been. It also give a good impression of both windspeed and sailing speed. How about Beaufort 3/4, yacht at 5 kn, mr Baker doing triple that? 15 kn?
No heeling on the hydrofoil, and the waves don't seem to bother the little hydrofoil.

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