New Candela P-8 Voyager Electric Hydrofoil Takes Flight
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Candela Voyager Takes Flight

The new Candela P-8 Voyager electric hydrofoil adds cabin cruiser comfort to its low-altitude flight plan.

Making its debut at the Salone Nautico show in Venice, the new Candela P-8 Voyager cabin cruiser measures 28 feet long by just over 8 wide with an ultra lightweight carbon fiber hull fitted with a pair of retracting foils– the rear one paired with a whisper-quiet 50-kW Candela C-POD electric motor, good for a cruising speed of 20 knots and bursts up to 30 knots (approx. 35 mph– which, on water, is moving!).

Even with all the fancy engineering and stealthy, go-fast goodness on display here, you’re probably repeating that old bromide about boat ownership to yourself as you read this. The one that goes, “The two best days of boat ownership are the day you buy your boat, and the day you sell your boat.” Not so with the Candela— at least, that’s the promise made by a line in the press release that reads, “freed from gears and with very few moving parts, the Candela C-POD will last several thousand hours without any maintenance whatsoever,” (emphasis theirs).

We’ll be in Miami for the Electrify Expo later this year and, hopefully, get a chance to experience the Candela for ourselves while we’re there. In the meantime, the best we can do is stare at the official renderings, below, and start counting our pennies. With a price tag set to start north of $475,000 US, we’ll need a lot of them!

 

SOURCE | IMAGES: CANDELA, VIA NEW ATLAS.

AUTHOR: 

JO BORRAS (EIC)

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