The reality of it is that you’ll likely want some sort of proper boat hull type design on your float so that it is easier to sail (operate on water while taxiing, etc.). Otherwise it’ll be a bear to maneuver, me thinks.
Yeah, floats like Full Lotus are closer to the model floats than a more traditional hull design. But I think I’d rather be able to maneuver my plane more easily.
Experimenting may reveal suitable results, though.
Probably a lot easier on a tube frame where load paths are simple. Trying to add one to an existing aluminum hull sounds like a nightmare unless it can be attached closely to the landing gear assembly.Lake tried hydrofoils. It works, but structurally and other issues.
"...hydrofoils don't float."
`Greed, Speed. They would have to have flotation of some form; Hull as in
Or some other method. Would like to know how the Lake `foil worked.
I have it on good authority that a tunnel hull is the best thing to use.Imho a major reason hyrofoils are not common on aircraft floats is they are easily damaged by debris. Lots of sticks branches & logs lurking just under the surface that a float hull may run over with various amounts of damage. But a hydrofoil would be destroyed.