A-Class catamarans are the fastest single handed racing boats in the
Most other racing classes are one-design whereas the A-Class is a development
class and as a result, it has become a pure high-tech boat.
The combination of the use of modern materials such as Carbon and Aramide
in the serie production of both hulls and masts, as well innovative
sail craft design from some of the best designers in the world, the
A-Class Catamaran has been able to push the boundaries to the point where
is considered as Formula One amongst all sailing craft. Speeds exceeding
24 knots are already recorded, as is superb handling, all due to
sailors continuing to take advantage of the very few design limitations
on this class. Design aspects such as hull and sail shape as well
as mast length and shape are unrestricted. Only the basic measurements
maximum hull length, maximum beam, maximum sail area and minimum
must adhere to certain limits.
The A-Cat has consistently proved itself in the international scene
whereby the World and European championships are frequented by some
of the most
famous sailors in the world.However, its always taken the dedication
of a pure A-Class sailor to win the Championships. This demonstrates
the high level of performance within the class and it leads to amazing
numbers of entries for such events. The International A-Class Rules
allows up to 100 entries to each event which results in each country
to sail pre-selection events.
primary use of the mainsheet traveler is to de-power the boat when sailing
downwind. This 2:1 system lets the car run downhill rapidly, but still
has the muscle to haul the car to weather.
Mainsheet System Layout
40 mm Carbo Ratchamatic® controls this powerful 8:1 system. The ratchet
mechanism in the sheave automatically engages as loads increase. When
eased, the ratchet automatically disengages, allowing unloaded sheets
to run out instantly during mark roundings and jibes. The lower block
rotates so the sheet follows the driver on both tacks.
2:1 outhaul system controls the shape of the foot of the main. Upwind,
a tight outhaul flattens the foot. Loosening the outhaul increases the
draft for light air or off wind sailing.
12:1 cascaded cunningham controls luff tension at the leading edge of
the sail. Contained in a compact package inside the spar, the double-ended
system allows crew to quickly power or depower the sail from the trapeze.
A-Class Catamaran Sailboat Parts and Equipment
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