Rapido Trimarans’ co founder, Paul Koch, believes that the “C” foils on the all-new Rapido 40 will give it “a massive performance boost both upwind and downwind without adding a lot of complexity”. [The Rapido 40 will be built by Triac Composites.]
Koch made the comments following further discussions with the world-acclaimed designers, of the trimaran, Morrelli & Melvin.
Koch adds that for normal day sailing or cruising, both “C” foils can be in the “down” position, or have just one raised, without a lot of drag being added.
The Rapido 40’s performance, both upwind and tacking, is expected to be just as good as the Rapido 60 which is considered to be “excellent”.
Koch, the veteran boat builder, believes the Rapido 40 will hit the magical “sweet spot” in the market.
“A growing segment of the market is looking for affordable, foldable, trimarans that offer performance and comfort – without compromising safety.
The Rapido 40’s performance will be powered by its high tech build which will result in a light, fast, easy to sail boat. The weight distribution has been carefully planned ensuring that the heavy items such as the engine will be in the middle of the boat. It has been designed to be a genuine off-shore sailing trimaran.
The engineering by Morrelli & Melvin behind the patented folding system, is strong and safe.
The accommodation will have a high-end finish similar to that of the Rapido 60 while the layout will be very functional.
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