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Own Your Own AC 45

Well, not exactly, but close.

CALIFORNIA 45: New foiling catamaran

Morrelli & Melvin, have announced that they will collaborate with McConaghy Boats to produce an exciting new 45ft racing catamaran with hydrofoils.

After helping write the AC72 class Rule, M&M is working with the best designers and sailors in the world as part of the Emirates Team New Zealand challenge. Drawing on their experience with foiling Americas Cup 72 ft catamarans, Morrelli and Melvin have conceived the California 45 with the objective of making the exhilaration of Americas cup sailing available to the club sailor.

The California 45 will foil in relative comfort, with high coamings, and solid aft deck, the effect of high powered water spray on the skipper and crew will be minimised. Electric winches and an ergonomic deck layout will make high speed, high adrenalin sailing a breeze. Transportable by containers will make it possible to ship to favourite regattas easily.

McConaghy have been selected to collaborate with M&M due to their extensive experience with high end composite construction and their ability to offer the most cost effective high performance solutions as demonstrated by the hugely successful hydro foiling MACH 2 moth.

Gino Morrelli of M&M and Ellen Pragnell-Raasch of McConaghy will be attending the Strictly Sail Pacific show in Oakland California this weekend where they will be available to discuss the California 45.....


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I wonder if it comes with crash protection gear?
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Re: Own Your Own AC 45

Yeah, but where's the cruising version? Until my 10 guests and I can sleep comfortably aboard, and then get from Philly to Annapolis in a day (by foiling), it's just not worth it.

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Re: Own Your Own AC 45

Awesome.
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Where were you when the revolution started?

Julie, weren’t you lamenting a few days ago about how different the AC boats were and how their technology will never trickle down? Looks like it is happening soon than we all thought. Out here in the Bay Area, multihulls have been a presence for quite some time. Our DH Farallones race is sponsored by BAMA. Check them out on the web. I wouldn’t be surprised that there isn’t someone in their garage right now trying to figure how to put foils on their DCat. A couple of years ago I was pulling RC duty on the Second Half Opener when one of the big 40’ cats was finishing while flying a hull. Their bow woman (a real “Betty”). Was astride the flying hull right at its bow – riding it like it was a porpoise. It was a spectacular site and she made the cover of Latitude. The future is now and it is happening on San Francisco Bay.

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Re: Where were you when the revolution started?

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Julie, weren’t you lamenting a few days ago about how different the AC boats were and how their technology will never trickle down?
Pretty much, yeah. I just couldn't see it work. But I was more worried what this kind of technology in the hands of a wealthy no-nothing-about-handling-her person could mean. Could you imagine what a non-professional could do with this?
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