THE FLYING YACHT
A NEW ERA
A revolution has started and it’s happening on the sea. Well, not as much on it as above it. You often see flying cars in science fiction movies, but you never see a flying motor yacht on the big screen!
Enata, a shipyard based in the UAE, has transformed this futuristic vision into a present-day reality bringing an innovative and revolutionary concept to life. Discover Foiler: the high-tech motor yacht that cruises 1.5 meters above sea level.
I just received a call making me all the more excited about this project taking place in Dubai. “It is an incredible project,” they said. “We cannot tell you much now as it is still confidential, but you will be flying over the sea with a yacht!”
Such a tease! I had to see it for myself. A few days later, I arrive in Dubai. It was time to sail the Foiler! Pulling up to the harbor, I discover a really modern looking tender with a few special features I have never seen before.
CLEAN & SHARP
The lines of the boat are super clean, with a great balance between round shapes and sharp angles. The ink-black exterior looks like something out of a James Bond film, with just the right amount of red on the foiling system. Apart from the very sleek and futuristic hydrofoils, the boat is docked like a traditional tender, easy to steer with its hull fully immersed in the water.
The Foiler can hold eight people comfortably and carry up to one ton. Talking performance, the tender has two 320hp hybrid engines allowing for great power and the ability to sail in full electric mode up to 10 knots, reducing fuel consumption by 20% compared to a traditional motor boat. I enjoy that eco-friendly aspect and I must say that sailing without the noise of a motor when pulling out of the harbor feels amazing.
SLEEK & FUTURISTIC
I am now sailing as I would with a normal tender, with the exception that our tender looks radically different and futuristic with foils on the sides of the full carbon fiber hull.
I think it is time to deploy the foils under the water. I press the FLY MODE button for the ultimate experience: a fully automatic, effortless and quick process. Within just a few seconds, the two hydrofoils are gliding under the water on either side of the boat.
I am now going to increase the speed to reach 17 knots, a speed at which makes the yacht literally takes off. As I push down on the acceleration, I feel the boat elevating and the hull completely leaves the surface of the sea as the four powerful hydrofoils take over. It’s the first time I’ve ever experienced such a feeling and, for a moment, I wonder whether we are still sailing or flying.
17 Knots - THE YACHT LITERALLY
Right now, we are cruising at a speed of around 40 knots and the ride isn’t even a bumpy one, thanks to the fact that the carbon hull is elevated completely above the sea. I take a few sharp turns as I would if driving a car on the road, and the boat stays anchored in the water with the underwater foils feeling as if we’re riding on rails.
Such an incredible way to sail, not only for the driver, but for all the guests on board! Even one of the women I am with mentions how much more comfortable this is than sailing on a traditional tender, especially as we cross over some of the stronger waves in the sea.
SOMETHING OUT OF
A JAMES BOND FILM
We all decide it’s time to stop for a swim, so as I slowly decelerate, the carbon fiber hull dips down until it touches the sea and we’re once again sailing as naturally as a normal tender boat. A quick dive in and we’re back on board, climbing up the ladder in the stern.
The Foiler is not only one of the coolest ways to sail, it is a legendary engineering feat that allows for the smoothest of sailing experiences. I can’t wait to drive it in Monaco during its visit this summer, and when the first one arrives next year! Until then, I’ll leave you with these futuristic visions to dream about.
Visit Foiler website for any further information or inquiry about the most innovative tender of the moment : foiler.com
Photographer & Art DirectorGuillaume Plisson
Video Directed byArnaud Moro
Written byTom Claeren
ModelsJulia White & Tom Claeren