Emirates Team New Zealand’s prototype hydrogen foiling chase boat is in the final stages of a complex fit-out prior to its launch in March.


The construction of the boat was started in August 2021 at the team’s North Shore build facility, the appendage construction is in its final stages and the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powertrain installation is underway at the team’s base in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.

The prototype foiling boat is 10 metres in length, and approximately 5200kg displacement. The cruising speed will be 30-35 knots with a top speed of around 50 knots and will carry 6 crew members with a range of between 150-180km generating approximately 440kW peak power via a 400V DC system powered by the Hydrogen Fuel Cell.

The prototype boat is expected to launch early next month.