Custom designed A-Cat

The boat of Franco Niggelaar.

He is a smart, calculated man who is “too small” for the ACat. But not anymore! After some consultation, I have designed him a shorter rig with a special sail in the hopes that he can be the light air bandit and the bullet in the breeze. In theory he should be able to hang with the others at “optimal weight” but that will take some time. This trend will continue. Just wait until he is that bullet!  I first started thinking about this issue when I had been discussing with Carrie. A smaller rig would allow her to sail in the Class. Now with Skylar and with my busy schedule she has offered to keep the family under control so that I can focus on my business. I appreciate this very much and will do my best to give her the time she needs for whatever it is that she wants to do.


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G4 – Holland Composites Update

As member of DNA design team I pushed for this boat to be the first foiling cruiser. An idea I am convinced about because of my experience with the smaller foiling boats and their relaxing behaviour.

I designed the boards and the rudders as well as the perfomance behaviour of this machine. Rudo Enserink made this boat look bad ass as he did the design.

Yes, relaxing behavior! The winglets on the rudder and the lifting boards are demping the movement of the boat. With the rake control on the boards you can choose how much the board is assisting the boat up to hunderd percent where it starts flying. The flying aspect of the boat is designed to be exciting but very safe and stable. The geometry of the board is a very stable one plus the board is designed to have lift off around nineteen knots of boatspeed. This makes the boat easy to sail in a skimming mode where boards and boat work together.

One of the design aspects is that the boat can be sailed with one person. All the controls are led to the driver position who can open all the jammers and control the boat from his seat.

Carrie and I enjoyed our ride, Antigua to St Maarten a downwind cruise at twenty knots of speed in 20knots of wind. No foiling but nice foil assisted ride while having a laugh with friends.

Very proud of this project!

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