A legendary record hydroplane returns to the water


The late 1930s was a time of enormous advances in maritime engine and hull design, yet the history is strangely obscured and rarely celebrated. So it’s particularly noteworthy when that history does resurface, as is the case with the Blue Bird K3, a 23-foot, single-engine, stepped-hull, Lloyd Unlimited Class hydroplane. After a 22-year family restoration that began in a converted chicken shed, Karl Foulkes-Halbard returned the finished Blue Bird to the water, where it belongs.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2017/12/21/blue-bird-k3-hydroplane