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Beneteau unveils its first foiling motor boat

Jack Haines February 19, 2019

Groupe Beneteau, after a collaboration with DEMS Sarrazin Design, Noval and SEAir, launches a prototype of its first motor folier


The foils fold up for transportation and berthing

The push to make foiling mainstream has been given a major boost with the launch of Group Beneteau’s first foiling motor boat.

The prototype, developed and engineered over a period of nine months with project partners Sarrazin Design, Noval and SEAir, is powered by a pair of 200hp outboard engines mounted on an adjustable trim plate and features four pivoting foils which raise clear of the water for berthing or transportation.

Unlike the SEAir RIB that MBY tested last year, the Beneteau has pair of foils aft as well as forward, not just extended trim planes affixed to the outboard(s).

For now, the project has been designed around outboards but Beneteau says that the technology could eventually be developed to work in conjunction with other propulsion methods.

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