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The Swedish Candela C-7, the first flying electric boat, wins the race

The Candela C7, the very first electric foiling outboard boat from the Swedish shipyard Candela, won last week the most prestigious electric outboard race in the world, which took place in Monaco. By beating conventional electric boats ten times more powerful, the highly efficient C-7 demonstrates by example why the boats of the future will be hydrofoil powered.

The Swedish Candela C-7, the first flying electric boat, wins the race

The Candela C-7 is a small revolution in itself, a mixture of a Nordic boat (a classic bowrider), with a touch of the airplane (for its flight computer and foils), and environmental anticipation (a really usable electric boat).

A product that could only be born in Sweden, and that presents itself de facto as the very first mass-produced electric foil boat.

Clearly positioned by its designers as the Tesla of the seas, the Candela C7 is, due to its price, a high luxury boat, but without any ostentation - its Nordic character - in the manner of a Volvo T8.

Since its launch in 2019, it has also been the best-selling luxury electric boat in Europev and the most awarded, with an astonishing consumption record: nearly 80% less energy than conventional electric boats.

Competing on Friday in the YCM International Speed Record race at the Monaco Energy Challenge, the world's largest electric and new energy boat competition organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco, the Candela C-7 beat 14 other electric boats in the 1/8 nautical mile sprint race. Averaging 27.055 knots, the Candela C-7 crossed the finish line at a speed of over 31 knots, despite the bad weather and big waves.

Even more impressive, the Candela C-7 beat conventional hull electric motor boats with motors ten times more powerful, demonstrating that hydrofoils are the future of motor boats.

In fact, the 25-foot Candela C-7 needs only 25 horsepower to reach a cruising speed of 20 knots. With a maximum power output of 87 hp at takeoff, its electric motor is tiny compared to the motors found in conventional gliding powerboats of the same size. Due to high hydrodynamic drag, gliding boats usually need several hundred horsepower to reach high speeds.

Mikael Mahlberg CEO of Candela said on Yachting Art: "This is a great day for electric boating. We wanted to show that instead of installing bigger motors and more batteries in conventional and inefficient hulls, hydrofoils allow you to use less power to reach higher speeds and get more range. This is how we can make boating truly sustainable. Flying over the water also gives you a smoother ride in rough weather."

The Swedish Candela C-7, the first flying electric boat, wins the race

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