HydroVision Raptor 16
Proa designs are ancient, but theres nothing stale about HydroVisionss new proa-style Raptor 16 outrigger canoe. The 16-foot, 9-inch composite hull weighs a scant 40 pounds and can be rigged with either a 70- or a 90-square-foot sail, depending on your thirst for speed. What makes the Raptor 16 unique is the L-shaped retractable hydrofoil mounted under the ama. This foil helps to reduce drag on the outer hull when its to leeward and keeps it skimming the waters surface when its to windward. Instead of needing to maneuver the boat so that the ama is always to leeward (as you would an old-fashioned proa), you simply deploy the foil to pull the ama down to prevent the boat from capsizing (along with reducing wetted surface area). While HydroVisions bills the Raptor 16 as the worlds most versatile cartop boat, its also being marketed as a one-design sailing class that allows for paddling.
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