Befoil: R&D project called Voilavion, imagined by Benjamin Magnard
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 3:43 PM
Befoil came from an R & D project called Voilavion, imagined by Benjamin Magnard, aimin to create a hydrofoil boat equipped with a tilting mast, which flew from its first sea trials.
As a result of this innovative project, the company Befoil was born. Based in Lorient, this company is supported by the Brittany Region, BPI, and Mer Invest, a subsidiary of Banque
Populaire Grand Ouest. Specifications were drawn up in collaboration with VPLP, a naval architecture firm whose reputation is well established, to create a hydrofoil catamaran that is
easy to use and accessible to all: the Befoil 16. It is a 16-foot hydrofoil catamaran designed for lovers of new sensations and sailing schools, which is easy to handle, and which, thanks to its large surface area and stability, allows safe navigation over water.
The new Befoil 16 Sport
Made in Europe and assembled on the premises in Lorient, the Befoil 16 Sport is a high-qualit construction thanks to the infusion manufacturing process.
This sportier version was launched at the end of 2020. The Befoil 16 Sport is lighter, stiffer and more canvasy, for performance on the water. Intended for private individuals and sailing schools, this hydrofoil catamaran adapts to all sailing programmes, to learn how to fly on the water easily and to fill up with sensations.
With its self-regulating T-foils and its 2 load-bearing rudders and glass/epoxy hulls, the Befoil 16 Sport is the latest addition to the Befoil series. In trapeze sport mode, or in comfort mode with the optional ladders, the Befoil 16 Sport provides a great feeling of speed. The boat takes off from 8 knots and can reach up to 20 knots.
Benjamin Magnard, president of Befoil adds: "Everyone dreams of flying on water! Thanks to the Befoil 16 Sport, all flying boat enthusiasts - whatever their level - can take off as soon as the weather is light, combining pleasure and speed!".
It takes off with Befoil
Its first commercialization was a success. The first 10 owners were very satisfied and found in this Befoil 16 Sport all the expectations of a flying catamaran.
In the absence of boat shows, the Befoil 16 Sport was welcomed on Lake Tegernsee in Germany. This presentation caused a sensation and attracted many sailing enthusiasts
during the tests.The Befoil 16 Sport recently took off thanks to its distinction as "Foiler of the Year 2021" by Voile Magazine.
At the helm of Befoil is Pierre Engel, the new Managing Director. With more than 20 years of experience in the commercial and general management of companies in the nautical world (Takoon, Bic Sport, Gaastra, Tiga, Neway), Pierre Engel's objective is to make Befoil the leading manufacturer of light hydrofoil boats.