Sweet… SeaCart 26

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Det har ju varit lite förhandssnack kring en ny SeaCart, och det är ju alltid lika spännande att se vad Calle Hennix och Marc Lombard hittar på. Och nu kom alltså SeaCart 26.

Jag tycker att den ser het ut, men ni som är flerskrovsseglare får tycka till. Är det här något man borde prova på?

SC26OD General Description (pdf).

http://vimeo.com/16203046

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New SeaCart 26 set for take off

To complement the full-carbon offshore-capable SeaCart 30 that made its debut in 2005, Oceanlake Marine is excited to launch a new 26-foot One Design trimaran for inshore and coastal racing.

Oceanlake’s quest was to create a One Design trimaran that delivered true high-performance for its size, and one that far exceeds expectations for a production boat. The design brief stipulated that the boat must fold to make berthing and trailering quick and easy. It also had to be versatile and suited for both course and distance racing.

Multihull expert and designer of the SeaCart 30, Marc Lombard, was the designer. Marc’s prior accomplishments and experience with the 30-footer enabled him to be instrumental in the evolution of the SeaCart 26. Mike Drummond, a member of BMW ORACLE Racing’s Design Team and America’s Cup Hall of Fame, was consulted as a technical advisor. Calle Hennix, founder of Oceanlake Marine, has brought this most recent SeaCart project from concept to reality once again.

As well as a boat that could be used for intense course and distance racing, another very important design consideration was that it should also be suited to a wide variety of sailors. It should be attractive for club enthusiasts, experienced racers and top professional teams, alike. It had to also provide a relatively easy transition for monohull sailors contemplating the shift to multihulls.

“We strongly believe we have achieved what we set out to and have created a One Design boat that will become the benchmark in multihull racing,” says Calle Hennix. “We will put every effort into developing an internationally strong class that will have continental and World Championships within a few years,” he adds.

While it stems from the pedigree of SeaCart’s 30-footer, this new class has been created from a blank sheet. It has been drawn with modern lines including wave-piercing bows, spray rails, curved foils and a comfortable cockpit. The hulls are built in epoxy/E-glass with carbon fibre reinforcing in areas of higher load. The pivoting centreboard in the main hull and optional foils combined with SeaCart’s signature twin rudders will allow the boat to fly two hulls in full control!

The rig features a carbon fibre wing mast and 26.6m2 high-aspect square-top mainsail. In One Design configuration it will have a 11.2m2 jib and 43.7m2 gennaker. For distance racing a 26m2 Code 0 and larger 57m2 gennaker may be used. North Sails have created the sail plan which is designed to be both powerful and versatile. The One Design Rules will leave the choice of sail manufacturer open and will be governed by a ‘Box Rule’.

While it boasts systems that will excel when sailing, particular focus has also been given to making it easy to handle when not. A super-light and very efficient folding system has been developed that with the addition of a supporting set of stays allows the mast to stay up even when the boat is folded. A roll-on/roll-off cradle kit can also be supplied to suit road trailers, and two boats will fit into a standard 40-foot container for shipping.

Tim Shuwalow, Oceanlake Marine’s International Sales Manager says, “I’m eager to expose and promote these great boats to a broader audience. The SeaCart 26 will excite multihull enthusiasts, and monohull sailors have never had an easier opportunity to get into multihulls. It will be a great boat to race for everyone!”

“Our vision is to create a multihull class that enjoys the strength of numbers seen at regattas like those for Melges sportsboats. Melges is a great example of strict One Design racing, there’s no sports multihull class that comes close but we’re getting set to change that!” says Tim.

“Never before have multihulls received as much attention as right now. So the timing of the SeaCart 26 is perfect because it will be within the reach of many sailors giving them the chance to sail a high-performance yet easy-to-manage boat, with low running costs,” Tim concludes.

Composite Marine International (CMI) has been appointed as the official builder of the SeaCart 26. CMI is currently in the final stages of mould construction at their facility in Thailand. Once the first boat is completed in just a few of months it will be comprehensively test sailed before full production commences on the first 10 boats that have already been ordered.

Despite an overwhelming amount of early interest, Oceanlake Marine is offering attractive deals to reward early adopters to ensure the class is established quickly. Collective buyers will be able to secure multiple boat discounts for a limited time and also cut their shipping costs in half. Orders are being taken now for delivery of the new SeaCart 26 in 2011.

For more information and images of the new SeaCart 26 please visit www.seacart26.com

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14 Comments

  1. JIMMY Oct 26, 2010 Reply

    Pris?

    • JIMMY Oct 26, 2010 Reply

      Hittade det, 647 800kr ex moms.

  2. Dag Oct 26, 2010 Reply

    strippad ja, annars 750, säkert + släp och instrument, it adds up.
    Poängen med curved foils någon?
    Vi kom fram till att det såg onödigt ut här hemma.

    • Markus Oct 27, 2010 Reply

      Ger inte böjda foils foilingeffekt dvs. lyft och därmed mindre motstånd?!

      • Dag Oct 27, 2010 Reply

        Ger inte T-foils mycket mindre motstånd i alla lägen?
        De där svängda borde ge mycket motstånd när de inte klarar av att lyfta båten.

        • Stefan G Oct 27, 2010 Reply

          Jag VET inte, men TROR att kurvade foils är snällare, framförallt i sjö och när man seglar på ett skrov. Borde ge en dämpande effekt i grov sjö. De stora pojkarna verkar ju i alla fall gilla kurvade foils.

        • Peter Myhrström Oct 28, 2010 Reply

          I lätt vind drar man upp dem för mindre motstånd. I medel till hård vind ner med dem för lyft.

  3. Multihulls Oct 27, 2010 Reply

    Un article sur le seacart 26 en français : http://www.multiblog.fr
    An Seacart 26 article in french.

    Thomas.

  4. Clifford Oct 27, 2010 Reply

    Jag har dåliga erfarenheter av varvet där båtarna skall byggas. Plastarbetena är oftast jättefina. Men CMI är svåra att ha att göra med. Kommer att kräva mkt närvaro på plats för att få till det.

  5. Peter Myhrström Oct 27, 2010 Reply

    Det där är mycket segling för pengarna!!! Det borde ligga rätt i tiden med en potent flerskrovare med hanterbart pris. När vi ser X40, AC45 och AC72 göra intåg så vill nog fler hänga på vågen utan att behöva stå i trapets (F18) eller punga ut med flera miljoner. SC 26 borde kunna bli en klass internationellt. Jämförelsen som flerskorvens Melges 24 är inte så fel….

    Bra timming, heja Calle!!!

  6. Erik Barkefors Oct 27, 2010 Reply

    Verkar vara ett mycket kul koncept. Bra att klassregel är grundarbetad redan från början och att segelmakeri är fritt. Även logistik med trailertänk och container blir allt viktigare för att en klass ska kunna slå. Förmodligen så behövs några “affischnamn” och seglingar att starta med så att fler vågar följa efter. Jag håller tummarna för den här vill jag se i aktion!

    • Pär Lundberg Oct 27, 2010 Reply

      Va ? Är inte mannen myten legenden Calle Hx affischnamn nog ? ;-) Ska bli fantastiskt spännande att se den på vattnet !

      • Erik Barkefors Oct 28, 2010 Reply

        Inget ont om Calle Hennix men jag tänkte snarare på uttrycket “Kritisk massa”…

        Det är nog inte så många som vill lägga 700′ och sen segla 2 OD-race per år mot 2 andra båtar. Med några toppnamn i tidigt skede så är det lättare att attrahera både seglare och arrangörer.

  7. Pelle P Oct 28, 2010 Reply

    Detta ser hur kul ut som helst!!
    Håller helt med Peter Myhrström; flerskrovens Melges 24!

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