Offshore foiling catamaran

A-Cat builder DNA introduces its F4

Thursday June 16th 2016, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

DNA has introduced its new F4 - an exciting full carbon 46ft foiling catamaran, designed and built to push the boundaries of distance one design racing offshore.

Built in Lelystad, the boat is the result of an eight month design project spearheaded by DNA’s lead engineer and America's Cup/Volvo Ocean Race sailor, Shannon Falcone.

The plan is to launch and commission the new boat in Newport, RI in the summer of 2016 and spend the remainder of autumn in New England testing the boundaries of the boat’s capabilities in preparation for a busy winter racing season in the Caribbean.

“With the design cycle of the F4, the focus was all on performance and the result is stunning, a bigger and faster all-out racing machine which every speed freak should at least have a look at,” says Pieterjan Dwarshuis.

Aimed at those looking for America’s Cup technology without the need for large shore crews and being washed from trampolines, the F4’s cockpit offers ample room for passengers in the heart of the action with a pilothouse providing sheltered area for long passages.

In the same way that former A-Class world champion Mischa Heemskerk influenced the ergonomics and system development on the DNA F1, Falcone has been the technical advisor for the DNA F4.

He says: "The team at DNA gave me the opportunity to propose new concepts and features that integrate my past America’s Cup and Volvo experiences following my feedback from sailing the G4 both inshore and offshore. Thanks to the support of our partners this boat is the result of an industry wide collaboration to help bring one-design production foiling into a real world racing environment. The DNA F4 is aimed at owner drivers looking for performance, efficiency and drastically reduced operating costs.”

Designer: DNA
Length: 14.15 meter (46 feet) 
Width:   6.95 meter (23 feet)
Height: 21.35 meter (70 feet) from waterline
Top Speed: 35+ knots
Crew: 4-6 people
Sails: North Sails 3Di Endurance
Mast & boom: Hall Spars and Rigging
Composite Rigging: Future Fibres ECsix
Rigging: Gorilla Rigging
Deck hardware & hydraulics: Harken        
Motor (electric): Torqeedo
Racing Yacht Logistics: Sevenstar Racing Yacht Logistics   
Builder: DNA

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  • James Boyd 16/06/2016 - 20:57

    Thing is...if you buy one of these you need to be prepared to capsize it...

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