Unique feature: steer by trimming the balance
Extremely smooth in the water, thanks to the hulls, which are optimised for rowing. Plenty of speed with just a little wind. A short mast and generous size sail (90.5 ft²) gives a lot of safety. And it is fast: Force 1-2 = 10 kph, Force 2-3 = 20 kph, Force 4-5 = 28 kph thanks to the lightweight hulls, the light overall weight of 75 kg (XCAT + sailing rig) and a unique mainsail that generates a very high power with its ingenious loop system.
01 Automatic heave-to for a break on the water
The XCAT does it with finesse by counter-steering automatically. Haul in the main sheet, roll in the jib, shift your weight to the front and the XCAT does the rest automatically: the boat turns into the wind, moves back, the rudder counter-steers the stern to port or starboard and the boat moves forwards again. As it turns into the wind again it repeats the whole cycle, but in the other direction. The result: the XCAT swings in the wind between 15° to port and 15° to starboard, and that works even when a storm suddenly develops. Safety that only the XCAT can offer.
02 Genoa style head sail instead of a jib
- Provides excellent power and can be rolled in quickly with the endless roller.
- Main sail with 6 easy-to-fit sail battens.
- Strong and tough 6 oz. Dacron sail cloth.
03 The XCAT does not need a dagger board
The shape of the hull with its full-length keels prevents leeway.
- Thanks to the hull keels, the XCAT is unbelievably smooth in the water and virtually has an integrated self-steering system. On the XCAT you can simply let go of the tiller and control the boat by shifting your weight. Move your weight forward and the XCAT luffs up into the wind, regardless of the direction it is coming from. Move your weight aft and the XCAT steers away from the wind. That is simply awesome.
- Boats with a dagger board only hold their course if they are steered with care. On longer trips it is tiring to always have to concentrate on steering.
- Easy running up on the beach
- No sensitive folding dagger board design
- Low risk of capsizing (Side pressure on dagger board increases the tendency to capsize
05 No sailing license required!
However, we recommend that you learn the basics of sailing (from a book or online) or do a sailing course. Ideally, the sailing school should teach you using an XCAT.
Approved for: 1-3 persons and a payload totaling approx. 240 kg (529 lbs)
Design category: C
Width: 2.08 m (6'10") | Length: 5 m (16'5") | Height: 5.1 m (16'9")
Total weight: 75 kg (165 lbs) (Basic boat 55 kg / 121 lbs + complete sail option 20 kg / 44 lbs)
Mast length: 4.5 m (14'9") (2-piece)
Total sail area: 8.4 m² (90.5 ft²) (Main sail: 5.2 m² (56 ft²), Genoa: 3.2 m² (35 ft²))
Genoa sheet with Barber hauler is clamped on the boat centerline, like the main sheet. Intuitive system that is easy to use.
When turning through the wind with the genoa still on the windward side and the boat starts to move back, the rudder automatically swings over to counter-steer, a technique familiar to catamaran sailors. And always at the right moment. Exactly when the boat actually starts to move backwards. A huge advantage when sailing single-handed.
XCAT sail with optimised air flow
Sailing boats are powered by two effects: the force of the wind, acting directly on the sail, and the flow of the air around the sail, which draws the sail into a pocket of low pressure. From a flow dynamics point of view, sails behave in a similar way to the wings of an aircraft. The curvature of the sail produces complex aerodynamic forces and flows around the sail. The different flow velocities, of the luff and lee sides of the laminar flow along the sail, cause a suction (aerodynamic lift) that draws the surface of the XCAT sail to lee, and therefore forwards.
The decisive factor for the effectiveness of the sail is the airflow on the lee side. An ingeniously simple attachment of the luff, with offset loops around the carbon mast on the XCAT, works in the same way as a complex, rotatable profile mast, to amplify laminar flow along the lee of the XCAT sail.
As strong as a steel cable but as flexible and soft as a cord. The clamping block is quickly fitted with its integrated pulley for the genoa sheet.
- Very simple Genoa sheet system with Barber hauler for optimum sail trim
- Sail batten tensioner – Tensioning with less effort
- Genoa sheet connection – Easy without knots
- Automatic counter-steering
- Rudder with grounding protection is simply slotted in and secured in place
- Dyneema shrouds – As strong as a steel cable but as flexible and soft as a cord
- Bowsprit with high-strength carbon tube for the toughest conditions
- XCAT Sail with optimised air flow
- No risk of the luff snagging on the mast
- Safety first – The sail always slides down easily, in case you ever need to do it quickly
Components of the XCAT Sail
A quick sail in the afternoon? With an assembly time of just 12 minutes, that's no problem. And of course no tools are needed. You can also rig the mast while afloat. That's essential for touring and trekking.
- 10 parts
- Total weight: 20 kg (44 lbs)
- No tools required (Assembly time under 12 minutes)
Optional sailing gear
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