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Take a seaglider from Boston to New York: Local startup hopes to revolutionize coastal transportation

Get ready for some stylish — and fast — coastal travel.



a close up of a knife: The seaglider can travel 180 miles at 180 miles per hour at top speed.


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The seaglider can travel 180 miles at 180 miles per hour at top speed.

Boston-based startup REGENT is building a seaglider: a zero-emission, high-speed form of coastal transportation. Up to 50 passengers at a time will be able to travel within a range of 180 miles at a top speed of 180 miles per hour. The company anticipates that the flagship vehicle will transport travelers in 2025.

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REGENT was founded by two MIT graduates, Billy Thalheimer and Mike Klinker, with extensive experience in aircraft design.

“Our mission is to drastically reduce the cost and headache of regional transportation between coastal cities,” the website reads. “Our vehicle, called a seaglider, is a wing-in-ground-effect craft that operates a few meters off the water’s surface and couples the high speed of an airplane with the low operating cost of a boat.”

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