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Emissions free: Candela's new C-8 electric foiling boat with a top speed of 30 knots

27 August 2021• Written by Tom McGhie

Described as “absolutely silent”, Candela’s latest 8.5m hydrofoil electric tender, the C-8, will reach rapid top speeds of 30 knots while remaining emissions-free.

The C-8 will push the same electric hydrofoiling technology seen in Candela’s first electric foiling boat, the C-7, to “the next level”, according to founder and chief executive Gustav Hasselskog.

The C-8 will push the same electric hydrofoiling technology seen in Candela’s first electric foiling boat, the C-7, to “the next level”

The model is designed to compete with traditional speedboat models in the same size bracket but with 80% less energy consumption thanks to its hydrofoiling technology, according to the builder.

“We believe we will make several thousand Candela C-8’s over the coming years,” adds Hasselskog. “Once you have tried it, you realise that this is the way boats must look like in the future.”

The interior of the C-8

The tender’s hydrofoil system, which includes the company’s newly developed Candela C-POD direct-drive pod motor, will allow it to cruise for a range of 50 nautical miles on battery power at a speed of 22 knots, with top speeds of 30 knots.

The in-build flight controller meanwhile will automatically adjust the foils to keep the boat steady in adverse weather conditions.

The C-8 can reach a top speed of 30 knots

With a length of 8.5m and a 2.5m beam, the C-8 boasts many of the amenities of traditional speedboats, and features a large cockpit, seating for eight passengers, a sunbed and a front cabin large enough to sleep two adults and two children.

With a charge time of two hours, the C-8 has an asking price of €290 000 excluding VAT.

Production on the first Candela C-8 will begin this autumn in the company’s Stockholm facility, with the first boats in the water by spring 2022.

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