Seair foil­ing RIB

Practical Boat Owner - - New Boats -

The po­ten­tial for foil­ing mo­tor­boats is clearly il­lus­trated by this RIB, based on the Zo­diac 550 Pro – of which there are sev­eral thou­sand in use. Once up on the foils fuel con­sump­tion is re­duced by around 30%, while max­i­mum speed with a 115hp out­board in­creases to 40 knots. Sta­bil­ity also im­proves and the ride be­comes more com­fort­able.

The foils are re­tractable for easy beach­ing and launch­ing/re­cov­ery on a trailer. They can be retro-fit­ted to an ex­ist­ing boat, along with an ex­tra long shaft out­board, of­fer­ing a more cost ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion than buy­ing a new boat.

Seair is in­vest­ing in a ro­botic pro­duc­tion sys­tem to keep costs in check.

‘Power-foil­ing could be­come main­stream’

Price t21,600 (retro­fit­ted to an ex­ist­ing RIB) / t60,000 (com­plete new boat, incl en­gine) / seair.fr

Foils are re­tractable for easy beach­ing Foil­ing re­duces fuel con­sump­tion by up to 30%

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