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Candela C-8 flies on computer-guided hydrofoils. With a top speed of 30 knots and a cruise speed of 24 knots, it rivals fossil fuel powerboats in terms of performance while offering a whisper quiet ride and far better comfort.
The Swedish tech company Candela has racked up more than 60 orders for its revolutionary, €290,000 electric boat, the Candela C-8. That makes the flying C-8 one of the fastest-selling 28-foot boats on the market. The Candela C-8 is the…
Artemis Technologies has revealed concept artwork of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) propelled by its transformative eFoilerTM. A study led by the high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company has been awarded £533,000 from the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK to investigate how the technology will decarbonise operations in the offshore wind sector.
A study, led by high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company Artemis Technologies based on Belfast Lough has been awarded £533,000 to investigate transformative solutions to decarbonise crew transfer vessel (CTV) operations in the offshore wind sector. The grant, announced…
Gerry Salmon (right) from MGM Boats signed the contract for the first of five Eopen ribs ordered today at Cannes boat show with Gabriele Ferlazzo from Zodiac.
The new Zodiac all-electric rib will be in Ireland for the start of next year and in time for the 2022 Irish boating season. That's the news from the Cannes Boat Show where Irish Zodiac agents MGM Boats of Dun…
The C8 is absolutely silent, 95% cheaper to drive and sporting the longest electric range of any boat in history says builder Candela
Candela the Swedish electric boat maker is aiming to bring electric boats to high-volume production but for now the cost of the new electric range remains high with the costs of its new C8 range estimated to be €295,000 for…
During the 45-day passage from Bellingham to Glacier Bay to Juneau, the pair were underway for 38 days. We averaged 32 nautical miles per day at an average speed of 3.7 knots
American Father and son team David and Alex Borton have completed what they believe to be the first-ever solar-electric voyage from Bellingham, Washington, to Juneau, Alaska. The duo undertook the journey in their 27ft wooden hull solar-powered boat, Wayward Sun.…
Pequod, a restored 28-ft steel-hull sailboat during the fossil free voyage from Buenos Aires to Antarctica
Manuel Pardi recently returned to his home port of Buenos Aires in Argentina after a three-month 4,000-mile voyage in Pequod, a restored 28-ft steel-hull sailboat, to the continent of Antarctica. And he did it sustainably with no fossil-fueled engine or…
Candela C-7 claims to be the world's first electric hydrofoil boat in serial production. Flying above the surface using very little energy, it has both long endurance and high speed.
The flying Candela C-7 has won the most prestigious electric speedboat race in Monaco. By beating conventional electric boats that pack ten times more power, the ultra-efficient C-7 showed why future boats will be foiling, its makers claim. Candela C-7…
The electric hydrofoil Candela C-7 skims through Venice. See video below
Swedish tech company Candela has showcased its electric hydrofoiling Candela C-7 through the waterways of Venice and says its wake-free design could save Venice from moto ondoso or wake damage. As Afloat reported previously, waves caused by speedboats have become…
RS are claiming this is the world's first electric RIB with a fully integrated electric drive
RS Electric Boats will present their latest generation of electric RIB, the Pulse 63, for the first time at The Green Tech Boat Show 2021 hosted by MDL Marinas at Queen Anne's Battery, Plymouth, 19-20 June 2021. The world's first…
Volvo Penta is expanding its capabilities, experience, and range by becoming the majority shareholder of Norwegian marine battery and electric driveline solutions supplier ZEM AS. Volvo Penta has announced an exciting new acquisition of ZEM – a company with 12…
Simon Locke, the former Head of Manufacturing at Dyson, has been appointed by Artemis Technologies as the company’s new Director of Manufacturing
Artemis Technologies, based in Belfast Harbour, has appointed Simon Locke, the former Head of Manufacturing at Dyson, as the company’s new Director of Manufacturing. Simon was a founding member of the team that created Dyson’s revolutionary digital motor and will…
The Candela P-30 is an electric ferry that builds on Candela's technology developed for the leisure boats model C-7
Candela P-30 is an electric ferry that builds on Candela's technology developed for the leisure boats model C-7. “Moto Ondoso” - wake damage - from thousands of motorboats is slowly eroding the iconic buildings of Venice. A Swedish-designed electric boat…
The first year’s electric boat awards featured 50 boats from 19 countries
Nominations are now being accepted for The Gustave Trouvé Awards for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating, the international electric boat awards started last year by electric boat website Plugboats.com Nominations are being accepted in four categories: Electric Boats Under…
The direct drive means that the electric motors are incredibly efficient compared to conventional marine combustion motors, operating with considerably higher torque whilst using less power. Without any need for gears, cooling systems and moving parts the motors are maintenance free, highly efficient and economic to run. Built in hydro-generation provides alternative recharging options whilst under sail.
Electic outboard engine company ePropulsion UK is experiencing significant growth in 2021 and have recently signed up 15 new dealers. As the United Kingdom distributors for ePropulsion, the innovative, eco-friendly brand of electric marine motors, the company has a new…
The boat cruises above the water, its weight rested on two hydrofoils
Billed as the world’s first electric hydrofoil speedboat, the Candela Seven has been brought to market by Swedish startup, Candela Speed Boat. Propelled by the Torqeedo Deep Blue 50i electric outboard engine the boat cruises above the water, its weight…

About Electric outboard engines

The direct-drive component in electric outboard engines means that the electric motors are incredibly efficient compared to conventional marine combustion motors, operating with considerably higher torque whilst using less power.

Without any need for gears, cooling systems and moving parts the motors are maintenance free, highly efficient and economic to run.

As a result, electric boat engines are becoming more popular on Irish waters as the world transitions from fossil fuels to green energy.

To date, popular electric engine sizes have been trolling engines typically used by fishermen on lakes.

These marine engines are available in models that can be used in fresh water and sea water, for your boat or kayak.

Electric motors are Ideal for fishermen because they are quiet and create little in the way of disturbance 

Popular electric trolling models range from 30lb thrust to 55lb thrust in a range of shaft lengths.

But use is becoming broader now in 2021 and electric outboard engines are being used on small runabouts and RIBS where electric outboard engine sizes are getting bigger.

Outboard electric engines are economical and environmentally friendly. Battery technology is also improving at a rapid rate meaning they are becoming smaller and lighter and run for longer.

Built in hydro-generation provides alternative recharging options whilst under sail are also options meaning the electric outboard now has a home on the stern on small yachts and dayboats too.

As far back as 2014, Torqeedo owner Jack O'Keefe from Cork Harbour told Afloat readers of his sailing adventures in a Drascombe Coaster dinghy and how after swapping from a petrol version the rewards from his new electric outboard engine are less noise, no smells, more stowage, better sailing performance and a motor that can be started by a small child. But it's still not silent, there's a whine he says here 

Popular brands in Ireland are Torqeedo, ePropulsion, Pulsar and Minn Kota but there are more arriving all the time as the technology advances

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