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all-electric candela C-8 production 'flying' boat debuts at CES 2023

production model of candela C-8 debuts at CES 2023

 

Whether flying or sailing, Candela brings the production version of its electric hydrofoil C-8 watercraft to CES 2023 in Las Vegas. The design envisions the future of sustainable waterborne travel as it silently flies above the waves with maximum efficiency. The debut brings this future another step closer to reality, after significant investment in the Swedish manufacturers in 2021.

all-electric candela C-8 production 'flying' boat debuts at CES 2023
The production model of the Candela C-8 debuts at CES 2023

All images courtesy of Candela

 

 

first production with electric hydrofoils

 

The Candela C-8 debuts its high speed yet efficient performance at CES 2023. The watercraft, 28 foot long and made with a 100% carbon fiber hull, offers sailors long range at sea using electric. It can reach a top speed of 30 knots, and can cruise for over two hours at 20 knots.

 

To achieve this, the boat is the Swedish brand’s first production day cruiser equipped with their electric hydrofoil system. The hydrofoils enable the craft to fly above the waves, reducing water friction by 80%. The fins can be retracted for entering shallow harbors or for ease when trailering. It can also be driven as a traditional planing hull, although with less efficiency.

all-electric candela C-8 production 'flying' boat debuts at CES 2023
The design envisions the future of sustainable waterborne travel as it silently and efficiently flies above the waves

 

 

Taking two years of development, the engineers and designers at Candela created C-Controller, an onboard computer that balances the craft in the water. It uses a variety of sensors to adjust the hydrofoils in real time to counteract the waves, wind and different loads. The craft itself is powered by the electric C-POD motor with 55kW.

 

With the C-8, we set out to make the first no-compromise electric boat with maximum range and speed, but we’ve ended up with a new and improved class of craft, which also happens to be electric,‘ said Gustav Hasselskog, Candela’s founder and CEO. ‘It’s a far superior experience to old-school hulls with combustion engines. Boaters no longer must contend with vomit-inducing pitching and slamming, or the deafening roar from revving outboard engines. Once you’ve experienced flying above the surface in absolute silence, it’s hard to go back.

all-electric candela C-8 production 'flying' boat debuts at CES 2023
It can reach a top speed of 30 knots, and can cruise for over two hours at 20 knots

 

 

Capable of being configured with a hard top or open cockpit, the C-8 seats eight passengers in the large, comfortable cockpit. The spacious front cabin is equipped with beds for two adults and two children, and features a marine toilet. All settings onboard, from turning on the cooler to the navigation, is controlled by the boat’s 15.4.-inch touchscreen or remotely via an app.

all-electric candela C-8 production 'flying' boat debuts at CES 2023
The electric hydrofoil system enables the craft to fly above the waves with 80% less water friction than normal

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The C-Controller computer adjusts the hydrofoils in real time to counteract the waves, wind and different loads

all-electric candela C-8 production 'flying' boat debuts at CES 2023
With seats for eight guests up top, the front cabin is equipped with beds for two adults and two children

 

 

product info:

 

brand: Candela

model: C-8

price: starting at $390,000 USD

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