VIDEO: Groupe Beneteau tests foiling powerboat

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The 32-foot monohull is powered by twin 200-hp outboards.

The 32-foot monohull is powered by twin 200-hp outboards.

Groupe Beneteau launched a prototype foiling powerboat. The 32-foot stepped vee-bottom hull has foils that pivot so the boat can be run without them. When the foils are not in use, they fold out of the way, so they don’t require additional space when the boat is docked or trailered.

The powerboat comes on the heels of Beneteau’s new foiling sailboat, the Figaro Beneteau 3.

The foiling powerboat took nine months to develop, from concept to prototype. Groupe Beneteau worked with DEMS Group and Sarrazin Design on the styling and with SEAir on the boat’s foiling capabilities. Noval handled the electronics for lifting and locking the foils, as well as the hydraulic engine bracket.

The boat was built using resin infusion at Groupe Beneteau’s Vendee facility. It was tested at Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie in early February.

Check out the video here.

“Following the Figaro Beneteau 3 for sailing, Groupe Beneteau is once again demonstrating its capacity for innovation with this first motor foiler,” Hervé Gastinel, Groupe Beneteau CEO, said in a statement. “I would like to congratulate the teams who have successfully delivered on the challenge to design and build this boat.”