- There are many other electric boats out there. What makes the Candela Seven different?
All other electrical boats one the market have planing hulls which are draggy and therefore unsuited to electrification.
A 7.7 m long planing recreational boat consumes 12-18 times more fuel than a family car. At the same time, one kilo of the best lithium-ion batteries contains just a few percent of the energy that can be extracted from a kilo of gasoline. Because of this, planing electrical boats are doomed to either short range or low speed. A battery pack of a 100 kWh capacity or more in a planing boat will only result in 20-30 nautical miles of range at 20 knots (even if some boat makers unrealistically claim higher range). The only way of solving this energy equation is to use hydrofoils.
- How does Candela Seven handle high waves and rough water?
Better than anything else you’ve driven. Candela Seven’s seakeeping capabilities are second to none. Instead of pounding the waves, we fly over them. There’s no slamming, no heaving or rolling. Waves up to 1,2 meter just pass under the hull.
In really rough conditions, Candela Seven is like any other boat. You just reduce speed. However, the foils now act like a keel and give extra stability. See more on our YouTube channel.
- Why is Candela seven the longest-range electric boat on the market?
Candela is a foiling boat. The foils lift the boat out of the water and reduce energy consumption by 80 percent compared to a normal, gas powered boat of the same size.
- When do deliveries begin?
Serial production has already started at our factory outside Stockholm, Sweden. If you order now, we’ll deliver your boat within six to eight months due to high demand.
- What is the cost of driving a Candela Seven?
The Seven is 95 percent cheaper to drive than a gas-powered boat! A full charge costs 5-7 €. A comparable fossil fuel bowrider would use fuel for 200 €.
- Does the Candela Seven produce any wake at high speeds?
Nearly none. The foils cut through the surface without producing any swell, so sensitive marine habitats, moored boats and docks are spared from wake impact.
- How do you keep the boat stable?
We use an advanced control system that makes the naturally unstable boat stable as a rock in just about any condition. Two ultrasonic sensors in the bow measure wave height. Height, roll and pitch are judged by sensors. These sensors adjust the foils 100 times per second, keeping the boat stable.
- What materials do you use for the hull?
We exclusively use carbon fiber.
- What about maintenance?
Going electric means no complicated engine, less breakdowns and less maintenance. We recommend one scheduled service appointment per year. Also, in cold climates, winterization should be done.
- Where is the boat manufactured?
Candela is made in Stockholm, right in the eastern Swedish archipelago. Assembly is done in our own factory on the island of Lidingö, Stockholm, where we also make the carbon fiber deck. The hull and deck are made 100% in-house.
- Are the foils retractable? Can you drive in shallow water?
Yes, the foils are fully retractable by the push of a button. In shallow water mode, draft is 0,7 meters. Candela Seven can be launched and stored on a custom float-on trailer.
- What happens if you hit something in the water?
The foils are made from carbon fiber and are extremely strong, so hitting smaller debris will have little to no effect. Hitting a bigger object – a log or rock for example – will result in the foil breaking off at a designated point. Thus, the boat’s hull is spared from damage and buoyancy guaranteed.
- Which colours can you choose?
We offer the Candela Seven in white as standard, with 4 signature colors available as a paid options. A fully customized color is also available upon request.
- Can I have something else than teak-decking?
Yes, we offer the boat without the teak-decking, although we do recommend going for teak.