THOMASTON — Just as electric vehicles are having a moment, so are eco-friendly, electric boats. Enter the Navier 27, an all-electric, hydrofoil, performance craft outfitted with a highly advanced autopilot.

Navier co-founders Sampriti Bhattacharyya and Reo Baird signed with Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston to build the pre-production vessels and first year limited production vessels for the 2023 slots for the Navier 27. The Lyman-Morse built Navier 27 will be revealed at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October 2022; first-year customer delivery will be in quarter two of 2023.

Navier is a Silicon Valley startup, building technology to increase the efficiency of small powerboats by 90 percent, while ensuring zero emissions and superior ride performance. Navier is producing a limited number of boats in its first year under its Pioneer Program. As the startup focuses on technology development for Navier 27, they wished to partner with an innovative and capable yard. Lyman-Morse is one of the few boatyards in the United States with experience working with high-tech, carbon composite boats. As a bonus, the shipyard’s location is an up-and-coming tech hub with a strong boat-building heritage; Maine is a strategic and ideal setting for Navier’s project.

Navier 27.

Lyman-Morse is a well-respected boatbuilder with roots dating back to 1978. The yard is well-known for producing custom sailing yachts and custom motor yachts that are sleek and ahead of their time; the company frequently collaborates with naval architects and design firms to bring concepts to life.

“Very few shipyards have the extensive experience, in-house capabilities, and deep interest in high-tech projects as Lyman-Morse,” said co-founder and CEO, Sampriti Bhattacharyya. “Plus, Maine has a long history in boat building, which makes it a special place to build Navier 27.”

Navier 27 is a 27-foot foiling performance vessel, capable of a range exceeding 75 nautical miles under electric propulsion, and includes advanced autonomy features. When it launches during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in 2022, it will be the longest-range electric boat in the world. If anyone is capable of making this vision come to life, it’s Drew Lyman and his team.

“What has me — and all of us at Lyman-Morse — excited about the partnership with Navier, is we are developing something that is cutting edge and certain to be the future of yachting in this type of market,” commented President and Owner of Lyman-Morse, Drew Lyman. “To build a carbon fiber, foiling, all-electric boat fits well with what we do at Lyman-Morse, plus it’s a boatbuilder’s dream project. We [Lyman-Morse] built a reputation for beautifully crafted boats, and we are extremely proud of our ability to implement advanced systems and technology. This is exactly what the Navier project embodies.”

Spearheaded by two Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers, Navier teamed up with the most talented minds to build the boat of the future. In July 2021, the startup announced America’s Cup engineer and foiling expert, Paul Bieker, is leading Navier’s naval architecture and mechanical design by contributing his knowledge in hydrofoil configuration and foil optimization.

Lyman-Morse will tie the technology, mechanics, construction, and manufacturing of the boat together.

“There’s a lot to be said about working with a shipyard beyond skills and capabilities,” said Sampriti. “Lyman-Morse is outfitted with the best machines, tools, and technologies that will help Navier reach production goals. Drew has enthusiasm for our vision, and his team truly cares about sustainability. We’re grateful that Drew and his team are excited to make Navier 27 a reality with us.”

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