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NACRA 17 specifications

The NACRA 17 has been especially developed to meet all ISAF criteria for the Mixed Multihull class.

For the design of the NACRA 17 we again joined forces with designing/engineering company Morrelli & Melvin from Huntington Beach, California. We have been working together with them for many years already.

This design chosen for the Olympics results into

• Full compliance with all ISAF criteria for the Mixed Multihull class

• No interference with any other successful multihull class today

Wave piercing design

• Wave piercing designs have a minimum draft resulting in a boat which obviously has less drag and less tendency to rock, creating a more constant high speed than conventional designs

Stiff platform

• The NACRA has a stiff platform resulting in a very direct response and the maximum amount of energy of the wind is being transferred into forward motion

Light boat

• The NACRA 17 being light for its length ensures superb handling for both on and off the water

• Makes the boat agile and therefore challenging to sail


• Strongly built in epoxy/glass/carbon and therefore durable and long lasting

Modern rig

• Carbon mast to ensure both safety (re-righting moment versus crew weight) and performance

• Modern high aspect ratio cut sails

• Easy to power up or de-power

• Designed and produced by one of the most experienced multihull sailmakers in the world

Curved foils

NACRA was the first company to successfully implement curved boards in production multihulls. Over two years ago we launched the NACRA F20 Carbon with curved boards successfully. This boat is now being regarded as the benchmark for heavy crew in the over 20 feet catamaran market.

• Curved boards lift the lee bow out of the water reducing drag significantly

• They generate pressure so you can start hull flying and trapezing sooner

Additional findings by our sailing experience with curved boards:

• Sheet loads are reduced

• A wider range in crew weight is possible

Above facts result in:

• Better controllability of the boat in windy conditions

• Less critical who is skipper or crew, either male or female can helm or crew

• Challenging to find the last percentages of maximum performance

The NACRA 17 results into an agile and high speed racing machine giving both sailors and spectators a spectacular close racing fleet.