Courtesy McConaghy Boats
If the America's Cup guys can get their AC45s on foils, why shouldn't the rest of us be able get airborne? An interesting concept from Morrelli & Melvin puts the potential on the table. Who will be the first to buy in?
In a press release from McConaghy Boats, here's what they've told us. We'll follow up to learn more.
Morrelli & Melvin, have announced that they will collaborate with McConaghy Boats to produce an exciting new 45-foot racing catamaran with hydrofoils.
After helping write the AC72 class Rule, M&M is working with the best designers and sailors in the world as part of the Emirates Team New Zealand challenge. Drawing on their experience with foiling AC72 catamarans, Morrelli and Melvin have conceived the California 45 with the objective of making the exhilaration of Americas Cup sailing available to the club sailor.
_The California 45 will foil in relative comfort, with high coamings, and solid aft deck, the effect of high-powered water spray on the skipper and crew will be minimized. Electric winches and an ergonomic deck layout will make high speed, high adrenalin sailing a breeze. Transportable by containers will make it possible to ship to favorite regattas easily. _
McConaghy have been selected to collaborate with M&M due to their extensive experience with high-end composite construction and their ability to offer the most cost effective high-performance solutions as demonstrated by the hugely successful hydro foiling MACH 2 moth.