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Foiler "flying yacht" is a sleek, hybrid-powered hydrofoil

•, Rich Haridy

 In hydrofoil mode the yacht can purportedly cruise comfortably through waves up to 1.5 m (4.9 ft) high while maintaining stability for passengers who don't want to spill their champagne.

Hydrofoil technology has been around for years, but it is only recently that we have started to see it infiltrate the private high-end powerboat market. The impressive stability of hydrofoiling, in combination with advances in electric engine technology, is leading to some truly exceptional personal watercraft designs.

The Foiler is the latest hybrid-electric luxury yacht/hydrofoil fusion, incorporating an interesting diesel-electric propulsion system. The yacht combines two 320-hp (239-kW) BMW engines that power two generators feeding two electric-power torpedo engines from Enata Marine.

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