9 Awesome Watercraft and Hydrofoil Boats

9 Awesome Watercraft and Hydrofoil Boats

– [Narrator] Whether it’s
out on the local waterways or racing in the America’s Cup, you’re sure to find something
cruising above the water. This is Reacher, and here are nine hydrofoil and watercraft. (techno music) – [Female Voice] Number nine. – [Narrator] If you
were to put the cockpit of a Formula 1 racer on a jet ski, you’d probably end up with a design similar to this one. “Probably” and “similar”
are they key words here, as this looks like neither of those, but I don’t know how else to approach it. This entry-level model from
Quadrofoil is called the Q2A. It has an open-air design
with a modular hull, composed of a glass-reinforced plastic, which gives the vessel a
dry weight of 650 pounds. The vessel sits a little
over four feet high, measuring just over 11.5
feet long and 8.5 feet wide. The steering wheel has an
integrated touch-screen display, which allows control of
all the basic functions, as well as providing key information, such as range, speed, battery
power and route mapping. In addition, it can be removed, allowing it to service as
a unique key to the craft. The all-electric power system on this one is composed of two 5
kilowatt hour batteries, which provide power to a
3.7 kilowatt outboard motor. The estimated range is 31 miles, with a top speed of 18.5 miles per hour. Pricing on this one currently
starts at just over $23,000. – [Female Voice] Number eight. – [Narrator] Beneteau unveiled renderings of the Figaro 3 at the
2016 Paris Boat Show. And, though foiling has yet to become a part of mainstream sailing, the radical design applied
to the contemporary look of this race boat may change all that. The one-designed monohull measures just over 35.5 feet in length
and 11.5 feet in width, with a displacement of 6,400 pounds. This makes it slightly smaller than its predecessor, the Figaro 2. The mast tops out at
just over 45 feet high, with a main sail area of 425 square feet. The manually-controlled
foils serve to replace the ballast tanks that were
included on previous models. They function by creating a side force to supplement the keel,
while reducing leeway. Although they add lift,
they don’t allow the hull to entirely clear the water. When not needed, they can be
retracted within the hull. The first batch of 50
boats will be shipping in early 2019, with a
price of around $180,000. While you’re trying to figure out how to mount hydrofoils on an inner tube, be sure and hit that “subscribe” button and ring that bell to keep up
with all our latest videos. – [Female Voice] Number seven. – [Narrator] This entry is reminiscent of a wooden model of
a World War I seaplane that has been brought to life. But, unlike other boats, this one doesn’t utilize an underwater propeller. It’s actually two boats in one. In its standard configuration, it employs an airplane rotor, powered by a detachable 75
kilowatt Rotax 912 engine. But it can also be powered via sail, which can be swapped
out in about 10 minutes. The two-seater can reach
speeds up to 57 miles per hour, with a top speed of
about 46 miles per hour, while in sailing mode. The craft measures a little
over 18.5 feet in length, with a width of 24 feet. The hull is made from
strips of Mountain Spruce that are mounted onto a plywood frame. The four hydrofoils, which are
in a double-V configuration, are formed from a carbon composite. The Albatross is being marketed for the luxury hydrofoil market, with a limited-edition first
production of only 12 units. The company plans to produce approximately 20 units per year after that. Due to the high-end quality
of each handmade vessel, the pricing has been
estimated to be near $200,000. – [Female Voice] Number six. – [Narrator] This
addition to the Moth class was designed as a vessel for racers, ranging from beginning to advanced, with emphasis on the
shortcomings of other vessels currently in production
for the same class. The bulk of the vessel,
such as the centerboard, rudder box and foils,
is composed of aluminum, with the hull built from an epoxy that hardens into a bulletproof shell. It measures 11 feet long and
a little under 7.5 feed wide, with a weight of 106
pounds when fully rigged. This light weight, along
with the retractable foils, makes launching easier and safer, as the foils can be pushed
down when on the water. In keeping with the ability
for usage by all skill levels, the angles of the wings
are fully adjustable to provide the right amount
of stability for the rider, as well as providing
buoyancy to allow the boat to stay upright when stopped. There are also three sail sizes, ranging from 62.5 square
feet to 88 square feet. The wings can be folded
to a vertical position, creating a space for
the sail, mast and boom to be placed during storage. This reduces the width
to just over 4.5 feet, allowing it to fit easily
inside a home garage. Pricing on this one will run you $10,500. – [Female Voice] Number five. – [Narrator] This trimaran isn’t intended for the beginning sailor, but it definitely gives a beginner something to look forward to. The main hull measures
just over 15 feet long, with two detachable outriggers
that seamlessly connect to bring the total beam
to just under 8 feet. Each one is hand-built using carbon fiber for the hull, mast and boom, which creates a total
weight of 110 pounds. The mast tops out at 20.5 feet, with a main sail just
under 95 square feet. The rider has the option
of using the vessel in one of two ways, depending
on their skill level and the conditions of the water. The standard setup uses the daggerboard and lift-up rudder, which can be replaced with a dual-foil system, which allows it to reach speeds of up
to 29 miles per hour. Pricing currently starts at $49,400. – [Female Voice] Number four. – [Narrator] This model is the smallest of the Looker line of boats, which are marketed for the
commercial sight-seeing industry. The aptly named boats have a glass bottom, which allows passengers to
see into the water below. The unique design has a
passenger area in the front, with an oval-shaped top glass
containing round hatches that can be opened to
allow natural air flow. The pilot area and
steering column are located mid-ship on the starboard side, with extra passenger
seating in the aft area. There’s also an onboard toilet, washstand and ice box, if needed. The 320 is 31 feet in
length, 11.5 feet in width, with a dry weight of 5,400 pounds. Depending on the intended usage, it can be outfitted with
twin 200 horsepower engines, or a single engine up to 300 horsepower, with a capacity for up to 22 passengers. Pricing on this one will
run you about $120,000. – [Female Voice] Number three. – [Narrator] We didn’t feel
like any list would be complete without touching upon the America’s Cup. This concept is the
next generation of yacht intended for use in 2021, and created with the
hopes of making the sport more interesting to the masses. A total of 12 crew will be
needed to man the vessel. The name, AC75, is short
for America’s Cup 75 Class, and denotes an overall
hull length of 75 feet. The design is a fully-flying monohull with two canting ballasted
T-foils replacing the keel. During normal sailing mode,
one is jutting out to the side, aiding in balance, while the other is
underwater providing lift. One of the features is the added ability of the foils to self-right the boat in the event of a capsize. Details on this one are scarce, but a tentative date of
Spring 2019 has been set for the first prototypes to be tested. – [Female Voice] Number two. – [Narrator] If James Bond owned a boat, it would be this one. The carbon fiber hull
has a design reminiscent of the boats of the
1940s, mixed with elements of the vehicles from that same era. Power comes from two 300
horsepower hybrid diesel engines, which can propel the boat to a top speed of 46 miles per hour. When running fully electric, the top speed drops to about 12 miles per hour, which reduces the fuel consumption by 20%. The boat has a length of 32
feet, and a width of 11 feet, which increases to 24 feet when the foils are fully extended. These allow the boat to fly
almost 5 feet above the water, while remaining immune
to wave interference. Seating in the front and
rear areas can accommodate up to eight passengers,
with a total payload of 2,000 pounds. Pricing on this one will run
you about 1.1 million dollars. So yeah, definitely a
James Bond kind of boat. Be sure and let us know in the comments if you’re a fan of hydrofoils, and, if so, which of these vessels you’d
like to take for a ride. – [Female Voice] Number one. – [Narrator] In ever-growing urban areas that have access to lakes, canals, rivers, or even the open sea, it only makes sense to
employ transportation that can take advantage
of these waterways. Although the concept isn’t a new one, the ideas behind the
mode of transportation are ever-improving. This one, called the Bubble, is an all-electric water taxi that offers the efficiency of a car, while having no impact on the environment. It measures just under
16.5 feet in length, and just over 6.5 feed in width, with a dry weight of 2,755 pounds. It can carry up to four
passengers, plus one pilot, at a cruising speed of
13.5 miles per hour, for a range of 25 miles. Power comes from a 21.5
kilowatt hour battery array that feeds two 10 kilowatt engines. When in foiling mode, the craft flies about 1.5 feet above the
water, while employing a fly-by wire system that
measures the position of the boat to provide balance and stability. If your goal is to be in
the water-taxi business, you can get started for
around $165,000 per vessel. – Hey guys!
This is Katsy. I hope you guys enjoyed this video. Tell us in the comments
below what you found to be the most interesting, and why. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, make sure to hit the bell of notification next to the “subscribe” button to stay up to date with
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I’ll see you guys next time. (soft happy music)

92 thoughts on “9 Awesome Watercraft and Hydrofoil Boats

  1. Классные идеи.
    На мой взгляд лучший дизайн у 4, 2, и безусловно 1.

  2. It was nice to see single piloted craft. Bigger boats were nicely designed and deployed the use of hydrofoils in new and unusual ways then what has been seen before. Would like to see a larger number of vessels in a single video for comparison.

  3. While your #1 selection may be a bit less of environmental impact,
    Zero impact is not correct.
    Manufacturing footprint, battery manufacturing footprint, electric power generation footprint, battery disposal footprint, all add up !

  4. Which one do I want to take a test ride on? From the prices, I'll pass! Where is the fun little foil that's not priced out of range for most of us???

  5. A truly astounding hydrofoil is the Boeing 929.
    No longer in production but still in service.
    Considering the speed and efficiency, I'm not sure as to why that is.

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  7. Exceptional narrative delivering the perfect proportions of technical and informative information. A great speaking voice, with a slant toward audience familiarity and subject matter expertise. Thank you for a fun and well paced presentation.

  8. All of these watercraft are made not only for the rich but for the stupid rich. It's a shame that the loco joe can't get there hands on them.

  9. I have been developing designs for an electric hydrofoil boat that integrates solar and wind to capture power and allow essentially infinite range. These designs are brilliant and simply confirm how far advanced foil boats have come

  10. I would not travel on #1 or #10 on the rivers in urban area. The rivers (all that I know) are polluted! not only by industrial waste, but bacteria, parasites etc. And these things are open, close to water and high speed – one would get infected from the water droplets very soon.

  11. The number 7 watercraft has a sailing speed of 46 knots, supposedly. If you leave it in the gulf of Mexico during hurricane season, I bet you it will go a lot faster; might even fly.

  12. I do not see the slightest interest for a mini catamaran to be so unobtrusive … and finally serve only a caste of very well-off people …!

  13. I saw a couple of guys with one of the glass bottom boats in St Croix in July making money giving boat rides. I wish I had gone on it but I was headin somewhere else at the moment. I did look inside while standing on the dock and it looked REALLY cool. They were loadin folks up while I was checkin it out.

  14. i have an old 85 bass tracker 2 and i want to try to put foils on it do see if it would make it go any faster. or at least smoother

  15. I find it laughable every time someone says an electric powered vehicle has no negative impact on the environment. The majority of the population are so ignorant and gullible.

  16. hex just add some solar panel's on it your good to go with out not worrying about running out of power end less power

  17. they look cool but not pratical as you have to watch out for the sea weeds, fishing nets, rocks and any large objects under water. Just like a dead trap at high speed.

  18. This had good insights on where sport & recreational marine boating is heading. Your channel is definitely on the vanguard thanks for sharing.

  19. Leaving a lot out in the sailing world. Foiling catamarans and ocean going trimaran that but that put both the big foiling monohull to shame. Need to show the new 50 ft foiling cats at sailgp.com or type in sailgp in youtube. Or check out the SuperFoiler. These are the foiling sailboats of the future.

  20. Number two but still a little slow for James bond that will slow for me but I like it don’t know whether it’s bulletproof or not but I still like it neat but needs to go faster

  21. Displaying such interesting watercraft is certainly wonderful to behold. That said, it would’ve been nice if you included more information about each craft.

  22. I am reading a novel where one of the main characters has won a hydrofoil race. Did not know what a hydrofoil was at all, so looked it up on Google. He he. Learn something new every day! Amasing crafts. Would love to ride in one. Thanks for the video. 😊

  23. Thanks 1930'$ tech(from the Ashke'nazi) supremacists I'm Palestine(Israel), maybe Argentina, maybe eugenics, maybe politics….? Why would an ideology that is unable to exist in its own, hate the existence of everyone else? Sounds like Zionism/Bolshevism/dual citizen beaurocrats?

  24. National Zionism and Bolshevism are the only debates? Is it legal to be an U.S. citizen governed by an outside force(Satanism) ideology…not represented by anytime anyone anywhere in the usssraccpk backwards r

  25. very kool! i like the first one and i like the very last one best. all the others are not that great imho.

  26. #6 I sailed moths before they started using the hydrofoils, I got sick of crews being unreliable and the other single crew boats (like lasers) were boring AF (we called them grandpa boats) so I bought one of these. Very difficult boat to keep upright and became more so as the hulls became thinner, the race winners weren't the most strategic they were the ones who were able to get the boat around the course with the fewest number of capsizes (and injuries, I destroyed my knee capsizing one after my foot got caught in the rigging). I'm a fan of heavy weather so a boat that needs a good breeze to be stable and skill more than strategy worked for me. Moth was a development class so very few rules unlike other dinghies and attracted a lot of engineers tinkering with different designs in their garage, the foils are an excellent choice for the light hull and single handed crew, my boat was the old foam sandwich and I could literally pick up the entire thing fully rigged and carry it into the water no trolley needed.

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