The boat is learning to fly on water—here’s how
The boating industry focuses on developing various new technologies and designs to make boats faster, more efficient, and provide the smoothest ride on the roughest seas. The two new boats are the real standouts, and here’s why.
What are these ships and how do they work?
First, there are Candela C-8 hydrofoil speedboat Manufactured by the Swedish company Candela. It’s an impressive 28-foot boat that uses hydrofoils to surface and fly above the waves. Viewing it at top speed alone looks almost like a Photoshopped image.
Don’t worry, it’s true. The boat is also unique in that it significantly reduces the amount of gasoline that normal speedboats burn. The typical internal combustion engine is replaced by a 69kWh Polestar battery and a small torpedo-shaped direct-drive electric motor that remains completely submerged.
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This means that when the engines start, the boat will use the same amount of energy as when it reaches the main body of water and is flying at top speed. It sells for a whopping $390,000 and has a 100% carbon fiber hull.
the second ship was called WaveFlyer Volare Manufactured by French boating company Electro Nautic. The boat is smaller than some jet skis, however, it hovers so smoothly over the water that you can barely feel it move while riding. It seats 2 people side-by-side and features a 7-inch digital instrument panel and control joystick.
It sits less than 27.6 inches above the water. It uses a combination of electric propulsion and an active stability control system on the back of its retractable hydrofoils, using up to 75 percent less power than conventional hulls.
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Why are these ships being built?
One of the best reasons for building these ships is to reduce the amount of pollution in our oceans. We’ve all heard how dangerous our environment is, so any level of reduction in pollution and carbon emissions is a good thing, in my opinion. Additionally, these boats run much more smoothly than normal boats, even in rough water.
Of course, there is always a downside to every good thing, and in this case, these boats are often more expensive than normal boats due to the materials used. As I mentioned earlier, the Candela C-8 hydrofoil speedboat costs about $390,000, while the base model of the WaveFlyer Volaré starts at about $49,990. Other models cost as much as $59,990, so it’s no secret that these boats are pricier.
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If you’re considering whether to buy one of these boats, there are a few things to consider. Remember the safety and smoothness of your ride. And let’s not forget how much fun it is to fly even a few feet above the water.
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