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It was Canadian whalers, the Norwegians tell us, who ? rst noticed that a dead whale does not bob in the waves. The carcass didn’t pitch or roll, either, and it was somehow “self-propelled” — its ? ns giv- ing it forward motion and acting as stabilizers, or foils. The story still inspires Trondheim company

Wavefoil, maker of scalable, retractable foils that offer ship owners and designers fuel savings and passenger comfort. In Norway, high-speed ferries, cruise ships and ? shing vessels are the ? rst customers for retro? ts and newbuilds.

By William Stoichevski

Rough Opening:

The making of a foil’s “moonpool” (and ? nished).

Photos: Wavefoil 29

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