Befoil 16 sport expected to take off

Pierre Engel, the new MD of Befoil says his objective ‘is to make Befoil the leading manufacturer of light hydrofoil boats’.

To do that, the French company, based in the Lorient has released its Befoil 16 Sport hydrofoil catamaran. This, the company says, ‘is a high-quality construction thanks to the infusion manufacturing process’.

It’s described as being ‘lighter, stiffer and more canvasy’, and is being marketed at individuals and sailing schools.

The catamaran features self-regulating T-foils and two load-bearing rudders.

“All flying boat enthusiasts – whatever their level – can take off as soon as
the weather is light, combining pleasure and speed,” says Benjamin Magnard, Befoil’s president, citing the boat takes off from 8 knots and can reach up to 20 knots.

Befoil came from an R&D project called Voilavion, imagined by Benjamin Magnard, aiming to create a hydrofoil boat equipped with a tilting mast, which flew from its first sea trials.

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