by Jeni Bone
For the gadget mad, the Quadrofoil is the method of transport and on-water fun for you!
This state of the art, electric-powered water scooter with underwater wings was designed by Ermin Kosovel in Slovenia.
quadrofoil sketches (2)
The wings allow the craft to raise the hull out of the water at speeds above 12km/h. The reduced water resistance allows the rider to achieve higher speeds while consuming just a fraction of the energy of traditional water scooters and PWC.
The bionically designed wings resemble whale fins and are made of sophisticated carbon fibre, reducing the water resistance by 30% compared to other PWC.
The entire vessel weighs 100kg and can achieve speeds up to 40km/h. A BMS control system takes care of the battery contained in the housing. Inside, the steering wheel is direct and ergonomically designed, with LCD screen displaying all relevant information: GPS, maximum range, battery cell life, engine functioning. The quadrofoil accommodates two passengers and seats can be custom-designed to suit.
The deck lid is waterproof and closes with a magnet, allowing ease of opening. There is also a luggage compartment to store 100L of equipment and gear for a day trip!
With a myriad of applications, from personal use to research and tourism, the Quadrofoil is a versatile PWC with a twist.
Its developers are currently looking for partners in the Asia-Pacific region and could soon be seen on the boat show circuit in Australia.
More at www.quadrofoil.com/en
Simon and Ermin