CanardsThe most outstanding feature of the hulls are the forward canards. The advantages of the canards are twofold:
The lifting ability, to help prevent pitchpoling at high speed when it’s most needed. At the canards angle of attack the lifting force increases from 60lb/f at 10 knots to 130lb/f at 15 knots and 240lb/f at 20 knots. This force is per hull, if sailing downwind then both hull canards will generate lift.
They will dampen pitching, this minimises spillage of air from the sails which is important for a racing boat. Directly behind the canards is a water tight bulkhead.
The hard chines main design purpose is to minimise hull depression to a maximum of 100mm. The chines also deflect water away from the hull sides that would otherwise be drag grabbing.
The bows are designed to minimise wind and wave interferences. The leading edge is well rounded rather than sharp, this soft rounded leading edge reduces drag and increases buoyancy. The wave piercing shape will minimise pitching and give greater speed.
Above the waterline the hull is very full giving a Dolphin like appearance view from above. This extra buoyancy provided by this shape, coupled with the canards, will minimise the chance of burying the bows.
The hulls have a foam sandwich core with 5 internal bulkheads, one forward and one aft to give 3 water tight compartments, thus making the hulls unsinkable.
There are no hull openings for dagger boards or rudder posts which eliminate any ingress of water.
Access through hatch allows storage for fenders, rope, fishing gear, boat hook etc. as well as easy access to beam bolts (12 bolts per hull). A rear deck inspection port allows access to rudder bolts.