Brainstorming about the T/V configuration and its unbalanced behavior resulted in consulting Hugh Welbourn. Hugh’s leeward pointing DSS foils and a traditional daggerboard creates a design concept that has a better natural balance. The DSS foils create a natural and stable balance where other configurations suffer. Staying with the narrow waterline and integrated hiking wings give the boat a modern but distinctive look. The switch back to a stayed mast makes the rig both lighter and easier to tune.
The collaboration with Hugh Welbourn created a lot of energy and development speed. The relatively young engineering team combined with Hugh’s experience and talent appeared to be a great fit.
A meeting at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in November 2015 kickstarted everything. Tooling production and building the third generation prototype were completed before the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show.
A lot of modifications have been made since, and development is quick. Creating a boat for a wide active sailing group has never been so much fun. In the hands of a team of technicians, the boat evolved quickly. Changes to deck gear and foil controls rapidly followed each other. The natural self-balancing foil characteristics we are after required quite some tuning to make it perfect. A very stable platform with dynamic stability created by the foils is a real eye opener. Even sailing in skimming mode with the lee foil as a stabilizer is very impressive.
Small changes in the dihedral angle and angle-of attack make a huge difference in sailing comfort. Combined with mast rake, sail area and various crew weights, quite a testing period is required to get these variables right.
However, we are nearing our ultimate goal – building a boat with very simple controls, that has a natural balance in flying modes while sailing in various conditions.