Former engineering program lead for the original Apple Watch Eric Laakmann has moved into a sort of ferry godfather, as CEO of marine tech company Vessev.

New Zealand-based sustainable marine technology company has unveiled VS-9, an electric hydrofoiling vessel expected to unlock new opportunities in marine passenger transport.

The nine-meter VS-9 will transport up to ten passengers at a service speed of 25 knots providing an experience that is more like flying than sailing. The VS-9 has a range of 50 nautical miles (57 miles/92.6km) thanks to efficient hydrofoiling technology.

Vessev creates marine technology to propel a more liveable world – hydrofoiling electric vessels that are quiet, smooth, business smart, and planet smarter. We’re not simply making electric boats, we’re making better boats. This is a new era for how we move on the water.

The VS–9 is the world’s first vehicle of its kind – a premium electric vessel built to commercial standards for the most demanding applications

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