Navier, a boating startup, is introducing a new business model to the yachting industry through its 2021 Pioneer Program.
Announced at the Palm Beach International Boat Show last month, its first product Navier 27 is a 27-foot foiling performance boat that boasts a range exceeding 75 nautical miles at 20kt under electric propulsion and includes advanced autonomy features.
Since its announcement, the Silicon Valley startup received many interests in the high-tech boat. As a result of high demand, Navier developed the “Pioneer Program” that allows customers to reserve an early build slot for Navier 27 and become the first few people in the world to own the flying, electric boat.
The goal is to bring together a small group of early adopters and start building a community that is eager to push new innovations in the boating industry. While we are working hard to make Navier 27 available to everyone, our build slots for 2023 are very limited. This program is our way of prioritizing our earliest supporters and enthusiasts ahead of full release to the broader market. These lighthouse customers will be looped into our early development, experience early sea trials, and able to provide Navier with direct feedback. – Sampriti Bhattacharyya, Co-Founder and CEO
The Pioneer Program will keep customers updated throughout the entire build process and follows Navier’s long-term goal of bringing clean, efficient waterborne transportation to the general public. The high-tech startup works with experts from the America’s Cup. An early adopter program is expected to stimulate the electric revolution in boating and deliver broader awareness to the possibilities created by efficient craft the industry as a whole.
The Navier 27 is still in the build process with an expected delivery date of 2023 (while the first demo will be on water for Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2022); the earliest slots are available only via application for the Pioneer Program.