The reason our judges gave the zippy little 17-footer the nod was because of the fact it’s an entry-level foiling boat that takes much of the fear out of the learning curve that is foiling. This, in turn, will make the brave new world that is this kind of sailing available to that many more sailors.
Key to the boat’s success is its trimaran configuration and wide beam, which combine to keep the boat upright when the boat capsizes, as illustrated in the company’s video above. To get started, all you need do is sit on the windward hull, canting the rig to windward, sheet in and—you’re flying!
Again, in the event a beginner does crash, the F101’s super-wide footprint (usually) prevents it from fully capsizing, thereby reducing both the trouble and fear factor inherent in so many of the other foiling boats currently on the market.
Better still, so stable is the boat in flight you can even take a passenger with you, whether it’s a coach when you’re still just starting out or a friend who wants to see what it’s like going 20-plus knots under sail. (See video below.)
For more on the Best Boats winning F101, go to www.foilingworld.co.uk.