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Epoch Launches Electric Hydrofoil Skiff

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Startup builder Epoch Boats is introducing an electric hydrofoiling skiff aimed at the entry-level market.

“Most electric boats are either too slow or too expensive for the average boater,” Tom Ward, Epoch co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. “Epoch’s boats are designed to work efficiently with an electric motor and relatively small battery pack for higher performance, range and speed at a cost comparable to many similarly optioned gas boats.”

The foils deploy to a draft of 15 inches but stow at a 4-inch draft for low speeds, shallow water and trailering. The propulsion system is a 10- to 15-hp electric motor and 5kWh battery, enabling speeds of 30-plus mph.

The skiffs will be available in models from 14 to 18 feet, and all ride aluminum hulls. They are being built at Epoch’s facility in Philadelphia, Diane Seltzer, co-founder and chief marketing officer, told Trade Only Today.

Skiff series pricing starts at $35,000, according to Epoch. The company said it is taking orders and will start delivering boats this summer.

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