is designed as a wave piercing semi-displacement sailing catamaran,
not following class or regatta restrictions. In its origin version
an 18 ft sport catamaran, compared to formula 18, reduced weight
offers advantage in speed and handling. But nevertheless the
weight is sufficient for quite stable sailing in unsteady winds.
The 20 m² sail
area, versus 18HT formula, is split to main sail and jib. The
moderately stretched rig provides good rolling stability especially
for lightweight crews, in stronger winds and incoming gusts.
For further improved rolling stability also a smaller main sail
with slim head may be rigged.
Shrouds are fixed to
the mast the way the wind load aligns the mast profile to the
mainsail profile for optimum aerodynamics. The mainsail is boomless
and manual adjustment of mast rotation isn't necessary.
Easy handling is the
most relaxing and also safe way to enjoy the time on water. Therefore
operating devices controlling the boat are reduced to a minimum
and conveniently arranged.
Smart technics for
For constructing the
TOUCHWATER, it was important to allow for quick and reliable
checks of all components. For easy replacement, standardized
fastening elements are used. Shrouds and stays are fitted with
the thimble / stamping sleeve system, which is also used in aviation
and easily enables state control of the wire pressings.
The mast is sealed
and the halyards are led outside the mast. Water can't enter
in case of capsizing. The slim mast lifting body prevents a turn
turtle and helps righting the boat again.
The mast fitting is
not clinched but bolted through the mast. Weakening of the mast
by rows of rivets is avoided. Fatigue of rivet joints can't happen
and the rig remains reliable long-term.
The boat is equipped
with four bionic shaped aluminium fins. Form and installation
at the hull chines reduce the lateral drift efficiently and,
compared with daggerboards, the fins are much more robust in
case of ground touching.
For individualists: Make your own design
Is there a perfect
Just one for all purpose probably not. But the one fitting best
personal demands might be nearby. Even more the one being designed
according to individual ideas.
The EU directive on
recreational craft and the applicable harmonised standards allow
for various construction. Due to the flexible manufacturing process
it is very easy to use this range for the TOUCHWATER hulls
e.g. to match individual hydrodynamic characteristics or design.
For instance the hull
width can be adapted very easily for a special crew weight, e.g.
for single-hand sailing.
Also the balanced semi-displacement characteristics may be changed
to meet individual ideas or to fit the boat to special wave conditions
in a preferred sailing area.
Or the hull nose is
shaped individually - and of course there are a lot of alternatives
for colour design ...
Find more ideas in the Configurator