Full-Foiling Performance Made Simple

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The latest bid to bring full-foiling sailing to the masses, the new UFO Foiler is reportedly as easy to launch and maneuver as it is to get airborne. It also costs a mere $7,600, including sails. Talk about user-friendly! (To see the boat in action, fast forward to around 4:25 in the video, but be sure to then go back to the beginning to learn more about what went into its development.)

Designed by multihull veteran Steve Clark (who helped set the scene for today’s full-foiling America’s Cup with his cutting-edge C-Class catamarans) the key to the boat is the fact that it combines a “highly refined wand-driven centerline T-foil system” (of the type tested and proven in the International Moth class) with a simple tunnel-hulled catamaran hull shape. The result is a boat that can be launched off a beach and won’t immediately dunk newbies in the water, as is the case with the narrow-beamed Moth.

The hull(s) weigh just 70lb are formed a pair of top/bottom moldings for maximum build consistency. Construction is in vinylester (infused) with Soric coring and carbon fiber reinforcement in the beams.

The flat bottoms of the hulls make the boat easy to cartop, and the boat is stable enough in displacement mode, that you not only stop and have a quick snack out on the water in between foiling sessions but even bring a lightweight friend! The company is currently taking orders for delivery this spring. http://www.fulcrumspeedworks.com/UFO/

March 2017

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