Candela C-8: a versatile all-electric speedboat with a retractable hydrofoil system


If you go to the beach this summer, you will probably find people doing various activities. It can be sports, swimming, surfing, etc. Those who can afford it take to the seas on their yachts, tenders or motorboats. If you’re considering joining them and prefer a greener alternative, why not opt ​​for the Candela C-8 instead.

This ship also solves another problem when moving. As the hull breaks through the surface, it creates swells that could endanger small watercraft and people. Therefore, you can potentially ruin someone’s day when you’re near shore. Candela overcomes this challenge via a hydrofoil configuration.

Even when cruising at speed, the C-8 weaves effortlessly and barely leaves a wave. Adding to the awesomeness of it all appears as if it is flying above water. Even in rough seas, its streamlined configuration feels like a relaxing ride.

Candela makes the shell out of 100% carbon fiber which is incredibly light for its size. In addition, this material also has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio unlike fiberglass. Add to that the all-electric propulsion of its powerful C-POD engine.

Depending on the situation, the versatile C-FOIL system can retract into the hull. This allows the C-8 to navigate even in shallow water. Depending on the conditions, the top speed should be between 24 and 30 knots. Its batteries give it a maximum autonomy of more than 50 nautical miles.

It is 27.9 meters long and 8.2 wide with enough space for up to 8 passengers including the operator. Intuitive controls on its 15.4-inch touchscreen and proprietary candela user interface even support over-the-air updates. Below deck, the C-8 can accommodate up to two adults and two children.

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