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Foiling is adopted by small commercial crafts

by  Jamey Bergman – Yachting & Boating World.

The electric, zero-emission vehicle will float 70cm above the river on "marine wings"

The electric, zero-emission vehicle will float 70cm above the river on “marine wings”

A new electric water taxi is set to be tested on stretches of the Seine River in Paris this summer and its designer wants to use driverless technology to operate the “pods”.

Known as the Sea Bubble, the craft is a quadrofoil and floats above the water on four “marine wings.”

The Sea Bubble is a creation of French sailor Alain Thébault who has set a number of world speed records for sailboats. He is perhaps best known as one of the designers of l’Hydroptère, the double hydrofoil yacht that broke 50 knots in a test in 2009.

The Sea Bubble, on the other hand, will putter along at a mere 18 kilometres per hour, using two electric motors.

Thébault told French website The Local that, in addition to the mayor of Paris and the phone app ride share company Uber, London Mayor Boris Johnson had already called him to inquire about the potentially driverless boats: “Initially, there will be drivers, but quickly, our vehicle can become autonomous.”

Thébault reportedly has the backing of several investors and 100 people have already registered interest in owning one of the boats, expected to cost €30,000.
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The future of water toys : The Quadrofoil

From windward-islands.net

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No kidding, forget about your old Donuts, Banana, Seabob, Kayak and Jetski ! The future of water toys is here : The Quadrofoil Watercraft. This electric hydrofoiling watercraft will take your yacht charter vacations to the next level, and will provide you with a brand new thrilling water experience. The luxury water toy Quadrofoil, comes with a futuristic aerodynamic design plus a hydrofoil steering system. And is capable of reaching a cruising speed of 21 knots.

The Quadrofoil Watercraft will be available in two versions :

1The Q2S Electric Limited Edition
(Available only for the first 100 requests, so act fast !)
From 22.500 €, shipping March 201

*Specs :

Height 1213 mm
Seats 2
Length 2990 mm
Speed up to 40 km/h (21 knots)
Width (without foils) 1500 mm
Range up to 100 km
Total width 2500 mm
Batteries 10 KWh
Weight 100 kg
Motor QE 5,5 KW

The Q2A Electric
From 15.000 €, shipping in the second quarter of 2015

Specs :

Height 1213 mm
Seats 2
Length 2990 mm
Speed up to 30 km/h (16 knots)
Width (without foils) 1500 mm
Range up to 50 km
Total width 2500 mm
Batteries 4,5 KWh
Weight 100 kg
Motor QE 3,7 KW

Quadrofoil hydrofoil electric watercraft Q2

Quadrofoil is an electric hydrofoiling personal watercraft (PWC), which provides the most economically efficient and completely environmentally friendly mode of recreational marine transportation. Due to hydrofoiling and patented steering technology, riding feels like flying onwater and provides an entirely new and thrilling water experience.
The watercraft operates quietly and doesn’t produce any waves or emissions, which makes it suitable for lakes, rivers, seas as well as marine protected areas, where most motor boats and personal watercrafts are prohibited. It has a top speed up to 40 km/h (21 knots) and a range of up to 100 km (54 nautical miles) and can be fully charged in under 2 hours.