The first ‘flying yacht’ Foiler was unveiled in 2018. Designed and produced by ENATA Marine, it is able to ride 1.5 meters above the water at 40 knots in complete comfort thanks to a revolutionary retractable foiling system. The 10-meter vessel is equipped with the Wingman software package that manages and optimizes every aspect of its operation, from CO2 emissions and fuel consumption to the angle and loads on the foils.
When we were developing the Foiler there were so many complex systems that we had to develop our own integrated system and management software suit. Before we had a table-full of electronics that went into the boat. Now everything is managed by a computer chip connected to all the actuators and over 200 sensors across the entire boat. – Aloïs Vieujot, ENATA Director
The dashboard interface showcases detailed data on all the main indicators such as speed, engine revs and fuel consumption, as well as the anchor, lighting and tank systems. A carousel controller provides access to more data by simply swiping and clicking on it.
The data from the sensors is constantly monitored to develop diagnostics via a check-up program that also sends notification if there any changes in the day-to-day health of the systems. ENATA Marine can even monitor the boat over the cloud, issue health reports and notify the boat owner when a visit from a technician is due.
The heart of the system is ENATA’s micro-controller, which allows the Wingman system to ‘learn’ from previous conditions. Part of the Wingman is a computer that keeps all the telemetry and sends it to the cloud.
Owners can download over-the-air software updates and choose to share the yacht’s data with us on the cloud, so if there’s an issue we can first try to resolve it ourselves remotely. Our experience is that most of the issues can actually be resolved over the air, which is a lot cheaper and a significantly improved customer experience. A lot of functions can also be operated using a smart phone, such as turning on the engines, changing the speed and heading, and engaging the autopilot.
ENATA Marine is expected to introduce upgrades that further improve stability and provide comfort in rough seas.
For example, the boat is most fuel efficient when foiling at around 27 knots when the consumption used to be 2.5 litres per nautical mile. With all the data we collect, we’ve since managed to tweaked that and it’s now 2 litres per nautical mile, and this is continuously improving. Instead of having a boat that becomes obsolete with time, your Foiler is always benefiting from the latest improvements.
The smart efficiency and user-friendly design of the Wingman system attracts attention by other interests in the marine sector, including boat builders, engine manufacturers, fleet managers in the oil & gas industry, and coast guard services. ENATA Marine plans to make the system available to other boat owners as a standalone package.