Questions & Answers

How does it fly?

The Foils (red on the pictures) are like the wings on a plane but under water.
As the water is 840 times denser than the air, the foils can be much smaller than the wings of an airplane and still lift the boat.
As the boat speed increases, the foils start to lift the FOILER, like an airplane on a runway.
At 18 knots, the lift created by the foils fully lifts the FOILER and the hull flies at 1.5m above the water.

If I order a FOILER now, when will it be delivered ?

The lead time between a confirmed order and delivery is 12 months.

How many people can it carry ?

The FOILER can carry 1 metric ton and is certified for 8 passengers.

What size of waves can the FOILER sail through?

The FOILER can handle waves up to 1.5m in foiling mode, while still providing complete comfort.
This represent conditions with 30 to 35 knots of winds.
In more extreme conditions, you can retract the foils and use it as a classical boat.
You will see a video on the technology page showing the FOILER sailing in approximatively 1.2m waves.

What is the maximum speed?

The FOILER can reach up to 40kts (74 km/h) in flight mode.
This is both the maximum speed and also a very comfortable cruising speed.

What is the take off speed?

The hull is fully out of the water at 18kts, but you start to feel the effects of the foils from 12kts as it starts to lift out the water.

Is it easy to drive?

The FOILER is very easy to drive. In fact, it’s easier to drive than a regular yacht as there is no lag between the steering wheel and the FOILER turning.
The handling is very similar to a comfortable sports car.

How do you deploy the foils?

Simply press the FLY MODE button. The foils and rudders are deployed very easily by a hydraulic ram.
If you want to revert to the classical configuration, press the FLOAT MODE button.

Is it stable?

Unbelievably stable. The foils have been designed to provide autostability. It ensures a very comfortable ride, by removing the movement generated by the waves’ impact on the hull.
You’ll get used to it very quickly. The real shock is when you go back on a regular boat, which will really feel like going back in time.

How does it behave in turns?

Like a super-car. The foils and rudders provide an amazing grip in the water, which enables you to turn as no other boat.
The FOILER doesn't drift out of the turn.
We even limited the turning radius for safety.

How does the propulsion system drive the FOILER?

The FOILER is powered by a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system adapted from the automotive industry.
The two BMW engines drive electric generators, which give power to the two electric torpedoes.
A battery acts as a buffer and allows the boat to sail in full electric mode up to 10kts to manoeuvre and cruise without any noise.

How is it built?

The FOILER is fully manufactured from carbon fiber with high grade stainless steel, aluminium and titanium mechanical parts.
The foils and rudders are also manufactured from carbon fiber in an autoclave, to ensure high rigidity and robustness.