FAQ

Candela C-8
  • What makes C-8 different from the C-7?

    The C-8 is our next generation boat, built for a wider range of use cases on the water. It’s our first boat with an enclosed cabin and a hybrid mode, in which we make the boat go on plane, similar to a regular non-foiling boat. It’s also the most silent electric boat at high speed, ever conceived. The propulsion unit has been moved under the water surface and is named Candela C-POD. The C-POD is a revolution in and of itself, and won’t be retrofittable on the C-7.

  • When will the C-8 be delivered?

    First deliveries will occur during Q3 2022. Contact sales for more detailed information on today’s delivery dates.

Candela C-7
  • There are many other electric boats out there. What makes the Candela C-7 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 C-7 handle high waves and rough water?

    Better than anything else you’ve driven. Candela C-7’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 C-7 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 the longest-range electric boat on the market?

    Our Candela’s are hydrofoiling boats. 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.

  • How many C-7s have you built and delivered?

    Serial production of the C-7 resulted in 32 delivered boats, from our factory outside Stockholm, Sweden. The C-7 is no longer produced and has been replaced by the Candela C-8.

  • What is the cost of driving a Candela C-7?

    The C-7 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 C-7 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 C-7 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.

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