From Silicon Valley, California, comes a new electric foil boat. It is called the Navier 27 and is the project of an American start-up that, equipped with foils and 100% electric, promises up to 30 knots of speed. After Candela Seven, comes another project that proposes a foil system (click here) and electric motor, but with the possibility of choosing between an open and closed boat. The debut is scheduled for 2022.
Navier’s CEO is called Sampriti Bhattacharyya and she is co-founder with Reo Baird as CTO. Bhattacharyya has a PhD from MIT in mechanical engineering with original contributions in the field of hydrodynamic design. He also has previous experience as an aerospace engineer building flight control systems at NASA.
Baird holds degrees in aerospace, electrical and computer engineering and specialises in autonomous systems. His experience and knowledge of advanced autonomous systems will play a key role in the design of the Navier 27.
A new all-electric retractable foil boat was unveiled at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. This boat will be equipped with an advanced assisted autopilot system. This system, according to the shipyard, allows for simple and intuitive foil handling suitable for both beginner and experienced boaters.
This boat comes in two versions, one closed pilot-style and one open walk-around. A 27-footer, just over 8 metres, can reach a maximum speed of 30 knots with 20 knots of cruising speed and 75 miles of range.
Navier 27 – Main features
- Assisted ATTRACTION
Precise sensor-assisted joystick docking
- Advanced Autopilot
Speed and course control, whether virtual anchoring, trolling or cruising
- VARIABLE FISHING
With foils all down you can sail over waves of even more than a metre. But what if you want to get closer to the coast? How much do you catch? The retractable foils can be pulled up. In this way, you can sail even where the seabed is shallower, without any problems.
Integrated and under control. You can always have the boat “insight” with a remote control system.
Navier 27 – Advantages
The advantages of a motorboat designed in this way relate in particular to navigation in waves of around one metre in height. By sailing above the water, the boat does not suffer from the impact of the waves, thus ensuring a very high level of comfort.
Specification boat: Navier 27
- LOA: 8.2m
- B.Max: 2.6m
- Top speed: >30 knots
- Cruising speed:20 knots
- Range: >75nm
- Power: 2x 50kw electric motors
- Draft: 0.6m / 1.7m
- Capacity: 10 passengers
- Starting price: €250,000 (approx)