FOR SALE: The Navy’s First Operational Hydrofoil
For the low-low price of a loaded Chevy Tahoe Premier, you could be the proud owner of the Navy’s first operational hydrofoil — the former USS High Point (PCH-1).
The 115-foot High Point comes with a 450 horsepower Detroit Diesel in need of new hydraulics and three hydrofoils reportedly neatly tucked away under the ship which is sitting pier side in Astoria, Ore. Hal Palmer, the broker handling the sale, told USNI News High Point needs a lot of work before once again appearing to fly across the water.
Launched in 1962, Hight Point is not for the faint of heart (or wallet) but potential owners would be in possession of a unique piece of Navy anti-submarine warfare history.
“High Point is the first of a series of hydrofoil craft designed to evaluate the performance of this kind of propulsion in the modern Navy,” according to the Naval History and Heritage Command’s history of the vessel.
Built by J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp. and Boeing, High Point could speed at more than 50 knots sailing on its three submerged foils containing propulsion nacelles and propellers. High Point could also ride on its hull like a conventional ship.