BMW/Tyde Icon Electric Foiling Yacht turning heads at the Cannes boat show 2023

Cannes, France – The beautiful shores of Cannes have played host to the second remarkable spectacle of this year: the BMW/Tyde Icon Electric Foiling Yacht has made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2023, and has just been presented to the boating public at the Cannes boat show (September 12 to 17). This innovative creation is sending ripples throughout the yachting world, capturing the attention of celebrities, industry leaders, and maritime enthusiasts alike. It’s not often that a marine vessel shares the limelight with Hollywood stars, but the BMW/Tyde Icon Electric Foiling Yacht did just that, solidifying its status as a true icon in the world of luxury yachting. In September of 2023, the Cannes boat show week proved to be the perfect timing to present the Icon to a broader public.



The Cannes boat show has provided the perfect backdrop for the broader public unveiling of this groundbreaking yacht. The BMW/Tyde Icon Electric Foiling Yacht is a fusion of cutting-edge technology, sustainability, and sheer elegance. This electric-powered foiling yacht promises a cruising experience like no other, combining innovation and eco-consciousness in a stunning design, offering more than 50 nautical miles of range at 23 knots of speed.


Key features of the BMW/Tyde Icon are:

Foiling Technology: The yacht is equipped with advanced computer-controlled foiling technology, allowing it to glide gracefully above the water’s surface, reducing the drag by up to 80%. This innovation minimizes energy consumption, increases speed, and offers a completely smooth ride over waves of up to 1.1 meters.

Advanced naval architecture: The hull and the foils have been created by Guillaume Verdier, a renowned naval architect responsible for creating the Hydraplaneur, the worlds first large scale foiling sailing boat, and two latest winning America’s Cup foiling monohulls. The hull lines produce a high level of stability at anchor and displacement speeds, while requiring a minimal amount of speed for take-off.

Electric Propulsion: The yacht is powered by a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, based on BMW i3 Lithium batteries and making it not only efficient, but also environmentally friendly. It promises silent, emissions-free cruising, ensuring minimal impact on marine ecosystems. The 44-foot electric foiler is capable of reaching speeds of up to 32.5 knots, with a cruising speed around 25 knots.

Modular luxurious Interiors: Inside, the yacht boasts opulent interiors designed to pamper guests with the utmost comfort and style. From spacious cabins to a gourmet kitchen and an expansive lounge, every detail is meticulously crafted to provide an unparalleled onboard experience.

Sustainability: The BMW/Tyde Icon Electric Foiling Yacht is just as much about luxury as it is about sustainability. Its eco-friendly design aligns with the global movement towards greener, more responsible boating.

Adaptive hull platform:

The hull can be used for different superstructure programs, with an open and a hard-top dayboat in the works.


The Future of Luxury Yachting

Throughout the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2023, the BMW/Tyde Icon Electric Foiling Yacht drew a crowd of Hollywood stars and other admirers who marveled at its sleek lines and innovative features. Industry experts noted that the BMW/Tyde Icon Electric Foiling Yacht represents a significant step towards the future of yachting, where sustainability and cutting-edge technology converge to redefine luxury at sea.

Now presented at the Cannes boat show 2023, the BMW/Tyde Icon Electric Foiling Yacht left an indelible mark on the maritime and entertainment worlds. Its fusion of performance, sustainability, and opulence is setting new standards in luxury yachting. With its innovative design and eco-conscious approach, this remarkable yacht has ignited excitement and anticipation among yachting enthusiasts worldwide. The BMW/Tyde Icon Electric Foiling Yacht is a testament to the ever-evolving landscape of luxury at sea, and it has firmly established itself as a true icon in the making.

J&J Design was responsible for the conceptual work, detail design, engineering, tooling, build and testing of this yacht.

For more information and to explore this groundbreaking yacht further, please visit the Tyde | Homepage.

Read more about the Icon at the BMW official webpage:   THE ICON: electromobility on the water

Click the below link to see the Youtube video test run of the Icon, done by a real professional: Jack Haines of  Yacht Buyer. Specially interesting is to see the full champagne glass resting on the table during flight at 25 knots in a vivid sea…

 Driving BMW’s €2,000,000 Flying Superboat! – YouTube

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