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Cruising Cat-A-Palooza…

August 9, 2005

Putting speed together with comfort is the Holy Grail of cruising cat design, and it ain’t easy to do because weight and performance on a cat are in direct conflict. But light, modern materials are allowing designers to get ever-closer to making us all grin like idiots, and the folks at Reynolds Sailing are doing their best to make it happen. They’ve got an R33 in production and are getting ready to debut an R44. They are throwing around numbers like “18 knots in only 10 knots of wind” which sounds a bit exaggerated. But I’d be happy with 14 knots in 10 knots of wind. Interested? Check out this very nice video (there are more short clips here) of an R33 racing off Newport, California. Not a lot of wind, but you get a pretty good sense of what the thing will do. Plus, a nice Enya soundtrack to lull you into catamaran catatonia…

“Hah. Hah. Look at those mono mopes. They motor. We fly a hull. Losers…”

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