Iguana Foiler first look: French yard launches world’s first amphibious electric boat

Iguana Yachts has launched the world’s first battery-powered amphibious boat, called the Iguana Foiler. As if that weren’t enough, it also features folding foils and retractable caterpillar tracks.

The electric Iguana is capable of three knots on the land and 30 knots at sea

The all-new 33ft Iguana Foiler is powered by a specially adapted version of Evoy’s new prototype 300hp electric outboard motor fed by a 120kWh lithium-ion battery bank.

To reduce drag and increase range, it rides on a pair of curved surface-piercing foils that fold down from each side and a third T-shaped foil at the rear fitted to a specially extended lower leg of the outboard.

This set-up tends to be more forgiving than retractable foils, which require active controls to maintain a constant ride height.

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On the water, the Iguana Foiler should deliver a top speed of up to 30 knots and a practical range of around 50nm at foiling speeds of around 22 knots. Pretty impressive for a craft weighing in at just over four tonnes.

The rest of the boat follows a more conventional pattern with a C-shaped seating area and table aft, a couple of helm seats forward and a walkthrough windscreen leading to a bow lounge forward.

Iguana Foiler specifications

Length: 32.8′ / 10m
Beam (min): 10′ / 3.1m
Engine: Single 300hp EVOY electric outboard
Top speed: 30 knots
Range: 50 miles
Capacity: 8 people
Price: TBC

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