Y - Kotaro Horiuchi
. The following was submitted a couple of years ago by Carl Allison (allison1@llnl.gov): "Yamaha demonstrated an OU-32, which was a fully enclosed two-man hydrofoil and it appeared on, I believe, "Beyond 2000" [Discovery Channel TV show]. That was the epitome of the personal hydrofoil, lacking only automated height control. This the market where hydrofoils might best be pushed for adoption. Price/performance in this area in more nearly comparable with other personal water craft vs. military vessels and large fast transports. I just wish that Yamaha had really released the OU-32. There were rumors out of Australia, then silence." To my knowledge this never went into production, at least not in the USA. If you wish to pursue this further, you might find someone in the Yamaha company that would steer you to the people who worked on the project. I have searched the web (though not recently) without finding anything on this.

From Ray Vellinga: Most of the questions one might have about Kotaro and his amazing boats will be found in his book , "Locus of a Boat Designer 2". For example, OU-32 was in the advanced prototyped testing stage when the economy descended into world-wide recession, and the project was suspended indefinitely.

I made a Youtube video of the boat, and the video went viral. I was seen more than 3,000,000 times as of 2013.

The Model shown of the OU-32 was created by Yoichi Takahashi.



Posted by RV. 6/16/2013
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