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XCAT Sail

Unique feature: steer by trimming the balance

Extremely smooth in the water, thanks to the hulls, which are optimised for rowing.
Plenty of speed with just a little wind.
A short mast and generous size sail (90.5 ft²) gives a lot of safety.
And it is fast: Force 1-2 = 10 kph, Force 2-3 = 20 kph, Force 4-5 = 28 kph thanks to the lightweight hulls, the light overall weight of 75 kg (XCAT + sailing rig) and a unique mainsail that generates a very high power with its ingenious loop system

PRODUCT DETAILS

Very simple Genoa sheet system with Barber hauler for optimum sail trim.

Continuous line furler
Simple and reliable.

Rudder with grounding protection is simply slotted in and secured in place.

XCAT sail with optimised air flow
Sailing boats are powered by two effects: the force of the wind, acting directly on the sail, and the flow of the air around the sail, which draws the sail into a pocket of low pressure. From a flow dynamics point of view, sails behave in a similar way to the wings of an aircraft. The curvature of the sail produces complex aerodynamic forces and flows around the sail. The different flow velocities, of the luff and lee sides of the laminar flow along the sail, cause a suction (aerodynamic lift) that draws the surface of the XCAT sail to lee, and therefore forwards.

The decisive factor for the effectiveness of the sail is the airflow on the lee side. An ingeniously simple attachment of the luff, with offset loops around the carbon mast on the XCAT, works in the same way as a complex, rotatable profile mast, to amplify laminar flow along the lee of the XCAT sail.

Dyneema shrouds
As strong as a steel cable but as flexible and soft as a cord. The clamping block is quickly fitted with its integrated pulley for the genoa sheet

No risk of the luff snagging on the mast.

Safety first

The sail always slides down easily, in case you ever need to do it quickly.

Automatic counter-steering
When turning through the wind with the genoa still on the windward side and the boat starts to move back, the rudder automatically swings over to counter-steer, a technique familiar to catamaran sailors. And always at the right moment. Exactly when the boat actually starts to move backwards. A huge advantage when sailing single-handed.

Genoa sheet connection
Easy without knots.

Sail batten tensioner
Tensioning with less effort.

Genoa sheet with Barber hauler is clamped on the boat centerline, like the main sheet. Intuitive system that is easy to use.

5 Facts

  1. Automatic heave-to for a break on the water

    The XCAT does it with finesse by counter-steering automatically. Haul in the main sheet, roll in the jib, shift your weight to the front and the XCAT does the rest automatically: the boat turns into the wind, moves back, the rudder counter-steers the stern to port or starboard and the boat moves forwards again. As it turns into the wind again it repeats the whole cycle, but in the other direction. The result: the XCAT swings in the wind between 15° to port and 15° to starboard, and that works even when a storm suddenly develops. Safety that only the XCAT can offer.

  2. Genoa style head sail instead of a jib
    • Provides excellent power and can be rolled in quickly with the endless roller.
    • Main sail with 6 easy-to-fit sail battens. 
    • Strong and tough 6 oz. Dacron sail cloth.
  3. The XCAT does not need a dagger board

    The shape of the hull with its full-length keels prevents leeway.

  4. Advantages
    • Thanks to the hull keels, the XCAT is unbelievably smooth in the water and virtually has an integrated self-steering system. On the XCAT you can simply let go of the tiller and control the boat by shifting your weight. Move your weight forward and the XCAT luffs up into the wind, regardless of the direction it is coming from. Move your weight aft and the XCAT steers away from the wind. That is simply awesome.
    • Boats with a dagger board only hold their course if they are steered with care. On longer trips it is tiring to always have to concentrate on steering.
    • Easy running up on the beach
    • No sensitive folding dagger board design
    • Low risk of capsizing (Side pressure on dagger board increases the tendency to capsize
  5. No sailing license required!

    However, we recommend that you learn the basics of sailing (from a book or online) or do a sailing course. Ideally, the sailing school should teach you using an XCAT.

Key features

Very simple Genoa sheet system with Barber hauler for optimum sail trim

Sail batten tensioner – Tensioning with less effort

Genoa sheet connection – Easy without knots

Automatic counter-steering

Rudder with grounding protection is simply slotted in and secured in place

Dyneema shrouds – As strong as a steel cable but as flexible and soft as a cord

Bowsprit with high-strength carbon tube for the toughest conditions

XCAT Sail with optimised air flow

No risk of the luff snagging on the mast

Safety first – The sail always slides down easily, in case you ever need to do it quickly

The world's first hard-hulled catamaran that can easily be transported on the roof of your car.

Roof rack compatible. None of the individual parts weighing more than 17.5 kg (38.5 lbs). Total weight being 55 kg (121 lbs). No tools required for assembly - This makes it easy for every person, also alone, to transport and store the XCAT on any normal car.

Components of the XCAT Sail

A quick sail in the afternoon? With an assembly time of just 12 minutes, that's no problem. And of course no tools are needed. You can also rig the mast while afloat. That's essential for touring and trekking.

10 partsTotal weight: 20 kg (44 lbs) • No tools required (Assembly time under 12 minutes)

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We have compiled a collection of detailed information in our download area, ranging from the pricelist to the XCAT brochure in PDF format and the instruction manual. If you still have any questions then please contact us using our contact form.


Owners manual XCAT Basic

Owners manual XCAT Sail

Price list English

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