Too many ideas, not enough time
Lives in: Pompano beach, Florida
Sketch: By 16 he was doing the design work for his father’s boatbuilding business. Harry planned to go to the University of Miami, but his heart was in boats, so that’s where he stayed.
A long time ago, after seeing Back to the Future, I joked that if I were ever stuck in the space-time continuum and needed a Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor that used garbage to power my boat’s flux capacitor, Harry Schoell would probably be able to build me one. That was in 1985, and I’d still call him today. For more years than he likes to admit, Schoell has been boating’s never-ending source of new ideas.
He’s best known for his delta conic hull, which, unless you’re told otherwise, looks like a typical modified-V with its steep deadrise forward gradually flattening aft. But there are nuances. The bow is a section of a cone (the “conic” part), which blends into an aft bottom with lines that spread out in a smooth V (the “delta” part). The more visible feature is the wide down-turned chines, which provide stability and hold down the spray. Larson Boats has used this shape for decades, and others have mimicked it.
There’s also Schoell’s version of the stepped hull, which he calls the Duo Delta Conic (if nothing else, he comes up with cool names). But that’s nothing compared with his Infinity Motoryachts from the 1980s. He called them his “McDonald’s boats” because they had twin arches that supported a giant sail for downwind cruising.
And about building a Mr. Fusion, well, it’s no joke. He’s made one. Or something like it.
“It can run on orange peels, algae and fryer grease, as well as fossil fuels,” he claims. It’s a refinement of what is known as a Rankine engine, used in electric power plants. Schoell calls it Cyclone Power and is making 5 hp to 330 hp models for boats. Or a Delorean. Your pick.
For more innovations check out the Game Changers photo gallery.