Ever seen a yacht fly? The game-changing Foiler from Enata Marine does just that, allowing her to reach speeds of up to 40 knots!
Built in the United Arab Emirates by the Dubai-based company, this ground-breaking new 9.5 metre/31 foot vessel has just made its world debut at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show. In collaboration with Hydros Innovation engineering firm, Enata previously released their first ever flying motoryacht, the Foiler 41, to the market back in 2016.
So how does it work? Well, the Foiler has streamlined red foils which protrude into the water and act much like the wings on an airplane. Since water is some 840 times more dense than air, this flying yacht only needs relatively small wings or foils to take off. As the boat gathers speed and reaches 12 knots, the foils start to lift the yacht out of the water.
Enata Marine’s use of carbon fibre allows the foils to be both lightweight and strong enough to support the entire weight of the boat when she’s in the air. Amazingly, when she reaches 18 knots Foiler is fully lifted out of the water and glides at 1.5 metres above the surface of the sea!
Using the foils couldn’t be easier as Enata have installed a straightforward push-button system to deploy both the foils and rudder. Press FLY MODE to engage the hydraulic ram that controls the foils and rudders or FLOAT MODE when you wish to retract the foils and handle her like a classic motor yacht.
Her unique, aerodynamic design and sleek carbon fibre hull not only make Foiler easy to look at, but also help to increase fuel efficiency. Her overall fuel use comes in at around 20% less than an average motor yacht of her length and weight.
The flying yacht runs on hybrid power is provided by two 320hp BMW engines, two electric generators and two electric torpedoes and she is incredibly easy to drive. Those familiar with driving sports cars will find her remarkably similar to handle thanks to the minimal response time between the steering wheel and the yacht turning. Cruising at 30 knots the yacht has an estimated range of 130 nautical miles based on her 300-litre fuel tank.
An invaluable feature of this hybrid propulsion system is that she can also cruise silently using her batteries at to 10 knots for up to 10 minutes. This makes her the ideal vessel for wildlife-watching excursions, travelling in marinas and ports or even night-time fishing.
As well as these impressive performance features, Foiler has capacity for up to 8 passengers and can carry up to a metric ton in total weight. There’s no need to worry about stability since her foils have been specifically designed to maximise autostability when she is in the air. In fact, she’s so stable that passengers can easily move around her while she is flying.
Another added benefit of the hydrofoils is that sea sickness is almost unheard of while she is in glide mode. Her design completely transforms the passenger experience as the vessel flies quietly over the waves, avoiding the chop and swell that normally rock traditional motor yachts. The result is an incredibly smooth and silent ride which makes her the ideal choice for families as well as thrill-seekers.
Her hydrofoils can capably handle waves of up to 1.5 metres and wind speeds of 30 to 35 knots without any drop in her performance and stability. When not in use, the foils are stored out of the water which helps to minimise her maintenance needs and also reduces the storage space required. She can also be used as a traditional motor yacht when the foils are in their retracted mode in the event of more extreme weather conditions.
With seductive movie star looks and exhilarating performance potential, Foiler is the perfect addition to any superyacht tender garage. Enata Marine are currently taking orders and estimate a lead time of 12 months between receiving an order and delivery.