Thursday 17 February 2022

Candela C-8 performs successful first flight - ushering in a new era of electric foiling powerboats


Candela C-8 performs successful first flight - ushering in a new era of electric foiling powerboats


The world’s most anticipated electric boat has completed its maiden flight. The foiling Candela C-8 promises to disrupt the gas-guzzling powerboat industry, thanks to a unique combination of long all-electric range, high speed, and industry-first features.

After 16 months of intense development, the most ordered electric boat ever took off from the cold waters outside the Swedish tech company’s headquarters at Lidingö, Stockholm.

After reaching its designed take-off speed of 16 knots, the Candela C-8 prototype P-01 lifted off smoothly, and flew noiselessly above the water at a cruise speed of 20 knots.

- Smooth, and very, very silent, said Gustav Hasselskog, Candela’s CEO after piloting the C-8 on its maiden flight.

- This first flight marks a huge moment not only for Candela, but also for the powerboat industry. The C-8 is not only designed to be the best electric boat, it is designed to be a far better experience than conventional powerboats. I hope we can drive the transition to emission-free boating at a very fast pace.

With Candela C-8, the Swedish tech company strives to disrupt waterborne transport by offering an electric boat that is better than ICE competitors, in all respects.

The transition to zero-emission boats has been hampered by the inadequate performance of conventional electric boats. Propelling a planing, conventional speedboat through the water requires enormous amounts of energy, which drains even the biggest lithium-ion batteries after only 30-45 minutes of spirited driving.

Flying above the waves on computer-controlled hydrofoils – underwater wings – Candela’s craft use 80% less energy than conventional boats, which translates into far longer range and higher speeds on pure battery power.

What makes hydrofoils so effective is the dramatic reduction in drag. A typical planing hull has a 4-to-1 lift-to-drag ratio, while the Candela C-8 has a 20-to-1 lift advantage. Cruising at 20 knots, the C-8 can fly for 50 nautical miles on its 44 kWh battery – 2-3 times longer than conventional electric speedboats with 300% bigger batteries.

But the C-8 offers other and new benefits over any other boat.

Actively stabilized hydrofoils allow Candela electric boats to leave no trace; no pollution, no noise, no wake.

The C-8’s digital Flight control system automatically adjusts the foils to keep the boat level and steady, even in adverse weather conditions. The ride is silky smooth in choppy waves and side winds. The low energy usage directly translates into an almost non-existent wake. And the ride is silent, thanks to Candela's newly developed Candela C-POD direct-drive electric pod motor.

In an industry-first for leisure boats, the C-8 is equipped with fly-by-wire steering and has Autopilot features for more relaxed driving over long distances. When the driver lets go of the wheel, the boat will automatically steer the set compass course. More features will follow as the C-8 is upgradeable Over-The-Air.

The Swedish tech company has refined its hydrofoil technology and Flight control software since the open sportsboat Candela C-7 was introduced in 2019. With experience from the C-7, Candela’s 70+ engineers and technicians have designed the C-8 for rapid mass production, targeting a rate of 400 units per year in 2024.

Candela has received more than 100 orders since launching the C-8 concept last fall, which makes it the best-selling electric boat model in Europe, even outselling most other 28-foot ICE boats in the premium (290 000€) category.

- This successful first flight brings us one step closer to serial production. We’ll now perform a rigorous flight test campaign to ensure reliability and maturity. We’re on track to deliver the first C-8 units this summer, says Gustav Hasselskog.

Mercury Marine announces bold new vision with its Avator™ electric outboard concept


Miami Boatshow reveals new Mercury Electric Outboard



MIAMI (Feb. 16, 2022) — Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has announced its Avator™ electric outboard concept, representing Mercury’s next step in marine innovation, advanced technology, and engineering. The electric outboard concept will be on display for the first time during the 2022 Miami International Boat Show and is progressing the company toward the formal release of electric outboard products later in 2022 and 2023. 

Avator creates a new boating experience for Mercury’s global customers combining an investment in electrification with more than 80 years of expertise in the marine industry. Leveraging Mercury's leadership and reputation for hydrodynamics, corrosion resistance, reliability, and industrial design, the Avator concept will deliver a superior user experience for a wide range of vessels and activities.  

“We are excited to formally announce this bold new phase of our vision for the future that only Mercury Marine can deliver,” said Chris Drees, Mercury Marine president. “Electrification is strategically important to us, and this concept provides a first look at how we intend to deliver on our commitment to being the industry leader in both internal combustion products and electric propulsion. We are taking efficiency to a new level, opening up new ways to enjoy the boating experience.” 

Avator advances Mercury’s commitment to sustainability by offering the prospect of boating with zero direct emissions. Mercury is also using electrification to make boating more accessible with features such as swappable batteries and enhanced portability. 

“Mercury has the industry’s strongest and most robust technology and design teams who are shaping a new power for marine that expands the brand into new applications,” said Tim Reid, Mercury Marine vice president of product development & engineering. “We believe features like easily changeable batteries and quiet operation hold great appeal for current and prospective boaters. We expect our breadth of electric offerings to expand over time, and we will continue to listen to consumer feedback and monitor adoption trends.”    

“Our team is taking everything we know about how consumers use our products and incorporating it into Avator, creating an electric propulsion system that will set a new benchmark for the marine industry,” said Drees. 

Learn more about the Mercury Avator concept and our vision for electrification at

Monday 14 February 2022

Suzuki introduces trio of new outboards

 New Suzuki outboards in the Line up DF140B, DF115B and DF100C


Suzuki the Japanese outboard manufacturer is introducing three new models to its range in 2022 – the DF140B, DF115B and the DF100C. The new outboards are mechanically controlled and replace the out-going DF140A, DF115A and DF100B models.

These new additions to the Suzuki outboard range provide an upgraded compression ratio of 10.6:1 for better top speed and quicker acceleration as well as increased fuel economy through improved thermal efficiency. Additionally they include a 40-amp alternator that delivers improved output and battery charging at low idle speeds.

A redesigned cowling incorporates a new air intake structure with improved water separation and a silencer-resonator system to provide a more pleasant boating experience at all engine speeds.

The new DF140B, DF115B and DF100C models are the latest in a long line of Suzuki's innovative, lightweight and fuel-efficient four-stroke outboards that give customers the power, performance and reassurance that they need for a wide variety of boating activities.

To make routine maintenance easier, Suzuki has made it possible to replace the oil filter by removing the upper engine cover. To further increase ease of maintenance, the hole for the oil level gauge has been widened to 15mm which enables the use of a larger oil change hose.


In addition, a new oil spill catcher on the filter mount prevents spillages and a new easy access water detection fuel filter helps protect the engine against contaminated fuel.

The DF140B, DF115B and DF100C provide heavy-duty performance and long-lasting durability in a lightweight, mechanically controlled package and are also the first four-stroke outboards to utilize an oil cooler.



All 3 new Suzuki outboards are also available in white color.



Thursday 3 February 2022

Yamaha introduces new option for 9.9hp - 15hp - 25hp outboard motors


New option for a range of Yamaha outboard motors


New 25hp option

The industry leading Yamaha 25hp is now available with power trim and tilt, even on short shaft models. Ideal for boaters operating in shallow waters or recovering the boat to a trailer regularly; this customer-centric innovation brings the luxury and simplicity of a push button trim adjustment and full power tilt to more customers and smaller vessels. 

Operated by a neat electric switch, ergonomically situated and incredibly simple to use – adjusting the angle and draught of the engine to avoid damaging the skeg or reaching optimal performance and efficiency when on the plane.




New 15hp options

More options are now available in the Yamaha 15hp range, including an electric start model with power tilt, all controlled from an ergonomic tiller handle. Available in short shaft, a newly introduced electric start unit with power tilt controlled from a remote throttle and helm to complement the existing long shaft model. 

This brand-new design is ideal for boaters who want a more traditional, comfortable boat configuration with a helm in the middle of the boat, that is compatible with a much larger range of boats.


New T 9.9hp option

The Yamaha T 9.9hp model now features an electric ignition, power tilt and an extra-long shaft, ideal for keel boats and smaller sailing vessels which require outboard power. 

With an optional remote-control box, the unit can be controlled from the boat’s cockpit, allowing the crew to enjoy the comfort of their boat whether under sail or power. 

When the outboard is not in use, power tilt allows the crew to quickly raise it out of the water to reduce drag and corrosion, all from the comfort of the cockpit.