Silicon Valley high-tech startup Navier introduces a 27-foot foiling performance-craft that is capable of a range beating 75 nautical miles all under electric propulsion. Announced at the 2021 Palm Beach International Boat Show, the Navier 27 is the US first foiling electric powerboat.
The vessel’s highly advanced autopilot will be capable of both speed and course control. The Navier 27 will be fitted with an aerospace-grade foil control system and assistive docking technology, making it the most technologically advanced recreational boat on—or above—the water. Its foils will ensure a smooth ride over chop and the minimal wetted surface reduces drag.
The Navier team led by Sampriti Bhattacharyya, the co-founder and CEO of the new U.S.-based company, includes world-renowned experts involved in the development of America’s Cup foiling race boats. No wonder that at speeds exceeding 18 knots, the boat flies on foils that are similar in design to high-performance America’s Cup sailing vessels.
Navier’s electrically-propelled foiling powerboats will be initially built just for the recreational market.
Sampriti Bhattacharyya is an MIT PhD in mechanical engineering. With extensive experience in ocean technology and prior experience as an aerospace engineer building flight control systems at NASA, Sampriti brings an impressive wealth of knowledge to the company. Navier’s other co-founder and CTO is Reo Baird. Reo holds degrees in aerospace, electrical and computer engineering and specializes in autonomous systems. A lifelong boater who has logged over 10,000 ocean miles, he has extensive professional experience in the marine industry. His experience and knowledge of advanced autonomous systems will play a key role in the design of the powerboat.