Hydrofoils are typically fast speed watercraft that utilize underwater wings to rise above the surface, decreasing the drag and allowing to reach higher speeds. This technology has been in development since the end of the 19th century, but due to the complexity of construction and high price, its popularity has been on the steady decline since peaking in 1970.
However, we have been noticing a recent trend within the personal water transport, with many manufacturers turning back to the flying design! In this episode of Automotive Territory, let’s explore the newest and most impressive hydrofoil watercraft of today, that might still reshape the future of sea fairing!
Other water-craft related videos that appeared previously on #AutomotiveTerritory:
All-electric boats that already exist today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N616BZrH6SM
Best jet ski models that you can own: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUQ_frAIdBE
All hydrofoils that were shown in this #AT_watercraft video:
A flying yacht by the UAE Enata Marine made its world debut in 2018 and was remembered for the presence of wide hydrofoils anchored in the water. For 2020, the FOILER arrives with significant technical and design developments.
Hydros HY41: hydros.ch/en/hydros-innovation/applications/item/cas-n3-hyx.html
The Swiss boat developer Hydros Innovation has been active since 2010, creating 5 astonishing water-fairing projects that vary from racing catamarans to huge freight carriers. Among them is a 41-foot HY41, that should be capable of developing a max speed of 52 mph, while flying three feet above the surface of water.
At the first glance, the Australian Waveflyer is nothing more than a regular jetski, except for the fact that, it is 100% electric and equipped with hydrofoils.
Kormaran K7: kormaran.online
Claimed to be one of the most technologically advanced boats ever built, the Kormaran K7 has been developed combining stability of a catamaran, exiting driving of a hydrofoil, and comforts of a classic luxury yacht.
The Bubble: seabubbles.fr/en
The Bubble is an-electrically powered water vessel that is equipped with hydrofoils and can cover up to 40 miles of range on a full charge.
Lift eFoil: liftfoils.com
The market of eFoils has recently exploded with many new startups jumping on the hype train, but we still should remember the Puerto Rico-based Lift, who created the original model and remain the premium manufacturer within the segment.
Claimed to be the first 100% electric hydrofoil of its class, the Swedish Candela employs ambitious design approach to compete with hybrid and conventional ICE rivals. Its body is made of carbon fiber, and it has two fully-automated foils, a large inverted T-foil and a smaller one in the aft.
Hydrofoiler XE1: eu.manta5.com
The XE1 by the New Zealand’s Manta 5 is the world’s first Hydrofoil e-Bike that introduces yet another way to experience freedom of riding over lakes, rivers, and oceans.
This two-seater personal watercraft is probably one of the most recognizable hydrofoils in the recent years both for being all electric and futuristically looking. The Quadrofoil uses special C-foil technology to be lifted above the water surface.
Waydoo Flyer: waydoo.io
While Lift’s e-Foil may be the first to appear on the market, this hydrofoil by the Chinese Waydoo positions itself as a more affordable electric surfboard. Called the Flyer, it features a carbon fiber body with a slip-resistant wooden deck.
All American Marine 78′ Reliance: allamericanmarine.com/vessels-gallery/78-ultra-low-wake-reliance/
All American Marine 78′ Reliance is a 78-feet long and 28-feet wide catamaran that incorporates dynamic hydrofoil system into its hull construction and can transport 118 passengers.