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C-class catamaran

Monday, July 27th, 2009
C-class catamaran

C-class catamaran

High tech sailing at its extreme is described in a very interesting article by Steve Killing which was presented at the Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium, March 2009. The article is available at in the section on articles and books.

Steve describes the design and construction of a winning C-class catamaran. Apparently the only rules for these boats are the requirements that they fit in a box that is 25 feet long and 14 feet wide, and that they have 300 feet of sail.

Lack of any other rules allows carbon composite materials and a very light hull. The sail is a “wing” rather than ordinary cloth. The mast is very tall. Sailing these boast is challenging, but they are very fast.

Although few of us will ever be able to sail or afford one ot these boats, they represent truly impressive technology.

Sailboat Technology in Depth

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

If you have a lot of energy, you can find a great deal of information on;

Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics, Construction and materials, Design, Handicap systems and rules, Performance, Routing, Sailing basics, Stability and Tank testing at;

A prize will be given to anyone who understands all 197 articles.