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Foiler "flying yacht" is a sleek, hybrid-powered hydrofoil

Foiler "flying yacht" is a sle...
The Foiler is the latest hybrid electric luxury yacht / hydrofoil fusion incorporates an interesting diesel-electric propulsion system
The Foiler is the latest hybrid electric luxury yacht / hydrofoil fusion incorporates an interesting diesel-electric propulsion system
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The retractable hydrofoils promise stability in waves up to 1.5 meters high
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The retractable hydrofoils promise stability in waves up to 1.5 meters high
The Foiler can reach up to 40 kts in flight mode
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The Foiler can reach up to 40 kts in flight mode
The foils are fully retractable
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The foils are fully retractable
The foils are fully retractable
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The foils are fully retractable
The Foiler is the latest hybrid electric luxury yacht / hydrofoil fusion incorporates an interesting diesel-electric propulsion system
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The Foiler is the latest hybrid electric luxury yacht / hydrofoil fusion incorporates an interesting diesel-electric propulsion system
The Foiler is manufactured from carbon fiber with high grade stainless steel, aluminium and titanium mechanical parts
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The Foiler is manufactured from carbon fiber with high grade stainless steel, aluminium and titanium mechanical parts
The Foiler is certified to carry eight passengers
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The Foiler is certified to carry eight passengers
The Foiler can reach up to 40 kts in flight mode
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The Foiler can reach up to 40 kts in flight mode
The Foiler has a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system
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The Foiler has a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system
Anchored in the water by four powerful foils
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Anchored in the water by four powerful foils
Anchored in the water by four powerful foils
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Anchored in the water by four powerful foils
The foils are fully retractable
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The foils are fully retractable
The Foiler has a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system
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The Foiler has a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system
The foils are fully retractable
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The foils are fully retractable
These images suggest a certain type of target market
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These images suggest a certain type of target market
The retractable hydrofoils promise stability in waves up to 1.5 m high
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The retractable hydrofoils promise stability in waves up to 1.5 m high
The Foiler can reach up to 40 kts in flight mode
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The Foiler can reach up to 40 kts in flight mode
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These images suggest a certain type of target market
The Foiler is manufactured from carbon fiber with high grade stainless steel, aluminium and titanium mechanical parts
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The Foiler is manufactured from carbon fiber with high grade stainless steel, aluminium and titanium mechanical parts
The Foiler is manufactured from carbon fiber with high grade stainless steel, aluminium and titanium mechanical parts
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The Foiler is manufactured from carbon fiber with high grade stainless steel, aluminium and titanium mechanical parts
The retractable hydrofoils promise stability in waves up to 1.5 m high
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The retractable hydrofoils promise stability in waves up to 1.5 m high
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These images suggest a certain type of target market
The Foiler is manufactured from carbon fiber with high grade stainless steel, aluminium and titanium mechanical parts
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The Foiler is manufactured from carbon fiber with high grade stainless steel, aluminium and titanium mechanical parts

The Foiler from Enata Marine is an impressively styled blend of hybrid diesel-electric propulsion with a retractable hydrofoil system that, quite literally, elevates the luxury yacht. In hydrofoil mode the yacht can purportedly cruise comfortably through waves up to 1.5 m (4.9 ft) high while maintaining stability for passengers who don't want to spill their champagne.

Hydrofoil technology has been around for years, but it is only recently that we have started to see it infiltrate the private high-end powerboat market. The impressive stability of hydrofoiling, in combination with advances in electric engine technology, is leading to some truly exceptional personal watercraft designs.

The Foiler is the latest hybrid-electric luxury yacht/hydrofoil fusion, incorporating an interesting diesel-electric propulsion system. The yacht combines two 320-hp (239-kW) BMW engines that power two generators feeding two electric-power torpedo engines from Enata Marine.

The Foiler can reach up to 40 kts in flight mode
The Foiler can reach up to 40 kts in flight mode

The yacht has a maximum speed of 40 knots (74 km/h, 46 mph) in full hydrofoil flight mode and the foils deploy to lift the boat above the water at speeds exceeding 17 knots (31 km/h, 19 mph). The Foiler can also operate in a full electric-only mode, cruising in near-silence at a speeds up to 10 knots (18.5 km/h, 11.5 mph).

The Foiler can reach up to 40 kts in flight mode
The Foiler can reach up to 40 kts in flight mode

Certified to carry eight passengers, the Foiler is stylishly built from carbon fiber and looks pretty sleek with its black, futuristic lines. No official price has been announced for the vessel, which usually means super expensive – promotional images showing a James Bond type standing defiantly on the yacht do nothing to discourage such assumptions.

Take a look at how the hydrofoil action creates a smooth ride in choppy seas in the video below, or for a closer look at the Foiler from all angles click through to our gallery.

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Grumpyrelic
Although not given, I estimate a 27 ft length. With 640 HP? Only 46 MPH on foils? Is he dragging his anchor? My neighbour's 32 ft Sea Ray does 63 MPH without foils.on 660 HP 2 cabins, a head and galley. Perhaps the captain should ditch the Armani suit in favour of a good personal flotation device. Hitting flotsam at speed on foils will put him out of the boat. While I'm at it, I may as well complain about the absence of a high transom. I, for one, am not impressed...