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The world's first full-scale seaglider is being built!

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REGENT's first full-scale seaglider being built in Rhode Island, USA.

REGENT, our manufacturer (OEM), are well underway with the construction of the world's first full-scale seaglider.

The hull, pictured within, is a 55-foot-long carbon composite structure and a major component of REGENT's full-scale seaglider prototype, that will carry humans on board later this year.

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REGENT's first full-scale seaglider being built in Rhode Island, USA.

REGENT successfully flew the first seaglider — the quarter-scale prototype — in 2022, proving its unique design and technology. Beginning this fall, REGENT will start conducting tests of the full-scale Viceroy seaglider prototype with humans on board. This is yet another major milestone for REGENT, and a giant stride towards seeing seagliders operating around the coast of New Zealand.

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REGENT's first full-scale seaglider being built in Rhode Island, USA.

REGENT partnered with composite fabrication and engineering firm Moore Brothers Company to build the Viceroy prototype with support from Ocean State Composites.


REGENT plans to expand their global headquarters in Rhode Island to include up to 600,000 square feet of new manufacturing and test facilities to begin fulfilling the NZ$15 billion in commercial orders, with Ocean Flyer set to start receiving delivery of our seagliders by mid-decade.

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REGENT's first full-scale seaglider being built in Rhode Island, USA.

Building flying machines with boat builders has enabled REGENT to build the prototype seaglider at speeds and costs never seen in the aerospace industry — all while protecting the commitment to safety at the heart of boatbuilding.


The ability to fabricate unique, salt-water-resistant pieces of the vessel that leverage centuries of boatbuilding expertise will continue to be critical to seagliders’ low operating and maintenance costs when they enter production. 


The images of the full-scale prototype being built follow on from the unveiling of the full-scale mockup seaglider unveiled last year.

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Unveiling of the full-scale Viceroy seaglider, at REGENT's headquarters in Rhode Island, April 2023.

Keep up the great work REGENT, and thanks for using the New Zealand colours for the very first seaglider! 😉🖤



Ocean Flyer signed a historic $700m agreement in April 2022 with REGENT to bring 25 seagliders to New Zealand. Ocean Flyer is the first seaglider-only company setup in the world to bring sustainable, fully electric, fast, affordable and comfortable new mode for mass public transport.


Ocean Flyer is committed to connecting communities across the motu, tackling climate change, and building a more resilient and affordable transport network for everyone.


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REGENT is pioneering the future of sustainable maritime mobility. REGENT builds seagliders, a new category of electric vehicle that operates exclusively over the water that will drastically reduce the time and cost of moving people and goods between coastal cities. Seagliders will service routes up to 290kms with existing battery technology and up to 800kms with next-generation batteries, via existing dock infrastructure. REGENT has an order book of more than NZ$15 billion. For more information, visit

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