That is a 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 (8.4 m²) gives a lot of safety. Still 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.
Approved for: 1-3 persons and a payload totaling approx. 240 kg (529 lbs)
Design category: C
Width: 2.08 m (6 ft. 10 in.) | Length: 5.0 m (16 ft. 5 in.) | Height: 5.1 m (16 ft. 9 in.)
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 ft. 9 in.) (2-piece)
Total sail area: 8.4 m² (90.5 ft²) (Main sail: 5.2 m² (56 ft²), Genoa: 3.2 m² or 35 ft²)
Very simple Genoa sheet system with Barber hauler for optimum sail trim.
Genoa sheet with Barber hauler is clamped on the boat centerline, like the main sheet. Intuitive system that is easy to use.
Sail batten tensioner
Tensioning with less effort
Genoa sheet connection
easy without knots
When turning through the wind with the jib 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.
Continuous line furler
simple and reliable
Rudder with grounding protection is simply slotted in and secured in place.
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 jib sheet.
Bowsprit with high-strength carbon tube for the toughest conditions.
XCAT Sail with optimised air flow
Viewed from above, the air flowing along the lee of the sail has to travel further and faster, creating a pocket of low pressure behind the sail. On the luff side the air is slower and creates a cushion of high pressure. The sail moves from the high pressure towards the low pressure and draws the XCAT along with it. The decisive factor for the effectiveness of the sail is the air flow on the lee side. An ingeniously simply attachment of the luff with offset loops around the carbon mast promotes an optimum, laminar, sleek flow along the lee of the XCAT rig. That is how the XCAT works so well without a complicated rotating mast or profiled mast.
No risk of the luff snagging on the mast.
The sail always slides down easily, in case you ever need to do it quickly.
10 components: total weight 20 kg (44 lbs)
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.
Optional sailing gear
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.
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.
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 have to always concentrate on steering.
- No problem 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
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 to practice on.
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