Discover the Foiler, a yacht that flies
Is there a flying yacht? In a way. Meet the Foiler.
4 carbon fiber hydrofoils lift the 31-foot Foiler from Enata Marine 5 feet off the water, making it more efficient than a traditional yacht, which is designed to achieve higher speeds. Furthermore, the builder claims that the car rides more smoothly and quietly. A world premiere of the Foiler took place at the 2018 Dubai International Boat Show, which is also known as the "flying yacht."
Using the "Fly Mode" button on the yacht's dashboard, the helmsman launches the yacht's hydrofoils hydraulically. Yachts can reach speeds of 40 knots, according to reports. Guests will feel lift at 12 knots when hydro foiling, but Enata says 18 knots is the maximum speed with 7 guests aboard plus the pilot.
With the Foiler, guests experience virtually no seasickness even in choppy waters, according to the United Arab Emirates-based builder. As high as 6.5 feet of waves can be cruised over by the yacht with foils deployed. It only takes a press of the "Float Mode" button to return her to a standard configuration (without foils).
In addition, the Foiler is capable of operating solely on batteries for 10 minutes thanks to its hybrid propulsion system. In other words, the yacht cruises in silence for a long period of time, which is helpful to your neighbors when leaving a harbor early or returning late. In addition to twin 320-hp BMW diesel engines, she has two electric generators and two Enata torpedoes that are propelled by electric motors. Enata explains how the hybrid system works by explaining how two BMW inboard engines drive two generators. “Two electrical torpedoes drive the boat due to the power delivered to them.”
Hybrid propulsion of the yacht reduces its environmental impact and, at hydro-foiling speeds, improves its fuel efficiency by 20%. Adding to that number is the fact that she has less drag than a traditional yacht.
According to reports, the Foiler can cruise at 30 knots and reach 130 nautical miles on a single tank of 300 liters (79 gallons). A 20-knot speed will get her 260 nautical miles, Enata says. A Foiler is easier to maneuver than a regular yacht, the builder says, since there is no lag between the steering wheel and the turning of the vessel. As a sports car, it is very comfortable to drive.
Having the ability to raise her foils and propellers when not in use allows the Foiler to fit quite nicely into a superyacht garage. When in "garage mode" (all foils raised and stern foils slightly folded inward), the yacht has an additional 10 feet 10 inches of the beam and is 7 feet 6 inches high.
According to the builder, a Foiler will be delivered to the owner about 12 months after the order is placed. Visit the yacht's website for more information.