TF20 was designed and built in 1987 as a proof-of-concept vehicle. It was made of garden variety wood and fiberglass. It used a Hobie 16 mast and a Hobie 18 main. I transported it on top of a van and was able to take it out solo.
The ultimate goal was to break the world speed record for sailboats, for which Icarus had the "B" Class record at 28 knots and Crossbow had the outright record 36 knots. TF20 had the potential to get the "B" Class record, but 36 knots might have been a little too fast.
The amas and main foils were able to rotate about the main beam for beaching.
This is one of the first days out at Cabrillo Beach CA.
This was a good, cold, winter day at Lake Perris.
In late 1988 I took it to Lake Buchanan TX to participate in speed trials organized by Ned Snead. It had some problems, but it managed one official run of about 26 knots. Ned Snead was a great host and we had a great time.
Cabrillo Beach CA
Dave Culp with his kite-powered planing cat and Mike Zuteck with his T^2 were at Lake Buchanan TX.