The Nacra Story

This is a repost from http://www.nacra-na.com/about-us.html in case the original page goes dead like so many others.

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(California) 1968, Geoff Prindle decides to get into catamarans. That year he founded Surfglas with his partner, Sterling Santley.  He really got into the catamaran scene heavily and placed second at the USA nationals.

1971, Prindle 16 goes into production – light, strong and fast.  The Prindle could cut smoothly throgh the water because of its fine bow entry and was not as susceptible to pitch poling as other similar designs.

Two years straight, the boat won the “Most Efficient Catamaran Trophy” award at the Pacific Multihull Association’s World Speed Trials.  1972, NACRA started out as an Alpha cat beside Prindle.  The first boat was the Alpha 18 and then the Alpha 15, which was a single handed boat and went on to sail in the One of a Kind regatta in Newport Beach.  Within this time frame, Tom Roland made a 18 foot cat that became the Nacra 18 square.

1975, Performance Cat Inc. came up with the NACRA 36 to promote the North American Catamaran Racing Association which is where the name NACRA came from.  A 36 foot speed machine did lots of promotion and is still going strong.  The NACRA 5.5 was born as a one up cat.  NACRA in the early 80’s developed the 5.0 to also sell cats in the recreational market and this was quickly followed by the 5.7 and 5.8.

1985, Roy Seaman made all the original NACRA hull plugs and also developed the 6.0 to be the ultimate boat especially for the Worrell 1000 Extreme race.  The NACRA 6.0 won this race numerous times.  The first NACRA 6.0’s had a self tacking jib and spinnaker.  At the end of the eighties the 5.5 rig was changed into a sloop.

1996, The formula 18 class was growing in Europe so NACRA launched the Inter 18.  For the NACRA Inter 20, it was only a matter of time.  Once in production, they were sometimes sold by the dozen.  By now, importers and NACRA dealers all over the world were distributing NACRA catamarans an NACRA was super successful in racing and recreational sailing cats.

The 21st century – judge for yourself where the history of NACRA has led us to today.  NACRA supplies boats and parts in large numbers through it’s well established dealer network around the world. Whatever type of NACRA you might be interested in, we will always supply you with the best product available.

In May of 2012, NACRA reach the highest possible standard when it was chosen by elite sailors of the world as the exclusive Olympic Mulithull.  We will soon witness how the NACRA 17 will shine during the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Jaineiro, Brazil in 2016.

In 2015, NACRA will celebrate its 40th YEAR anniversary!

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Why Sperry (and Other Boat Shoe) Soles Harden, Dry Out, and Become Slick

Sperrys (and other boat shoe soles) dry and harden, become slick,  and eventually crack because of two reasons:

  1. You wear them while cleaning your boat’s deck with bleach or a similar chemical.  Bleach “dries out” many rubber polymers.  In years past, celebrating race car drivers and burnout enthusiasts applied bleach to their tires to quickly “dry” and harden the outermost edge of their tires’ rubber, which would cause the tires to loose traction easier and make doing burnouts easier.
  2. You only wear them while on your boat(s), so that the outermost portion of the hardened sole never wears away.
Bleach Hardens (Dries Out) Rubber, Including the Soles Of Your Shoes
Bleach Hardens (Dries Out) Rubber, Including the Soles Of Your Shoes

 

ENTHUSIASTS HARDENING RUBBER POLYMER WITH BLEACH FOR BURNOUT

Catalina 425 Review (Preliminary)

At the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis this past October, Catalina Yachts staffers mentioned a new project, the Catalina 425, which would return Catalina to the three stateroom sailboat market.  On November 2, Catalina issued a press release announcing the Catalina 425 will be available in the spring of 2016.  The boat’s interior arrangement comes with three staterooms.

The Catalina 425 is a very attractive design, styled with modern lines yet remaining conservative in Catalina’s fashion.  The 425 has high topsides with little flare and large fixed rectangular portlights, a nearly plumb stem (purportedly raked aft only enough to keep anchors clear), a broader stern, and a clean deck profile.  The sheer line of the deck and flare of the topsides should make for a relatively dry ride.  Many sailors will appreciate that the hull has no chine as has been fashionable in sailboat design lately.

Although Catalina is calling the 425 one of their 5 Series boats, the 425’s topside and deck styling and port configuration are dramatically new and different.  The Catalina 425’s design may signal a welcome change in direction for Catalina’s 5 Series design aesthetics.

Below Deck

The Catalina 425 includes a substantial systems area between the aft staterooms, extending from the companionway nearly to the stern.  In addition to providing excellent engine and systems access, this space will provide more sound privacy for aft stateroom residents than is found in most modern production boats that have only a thin partition between aft staterooms.  Presuming Catalina continues to use traditional materials below decks on the 425 as they do with their other boats, these substantial materials will further add to aft stateroom privacy.

Catalina 425 Interior Layout
Catalina 425 Interior Layout

On Deck

The Catalina 425 deck is incredibly clean.  Side decks are unobstructed by shrouds, genoa tracks, or anything else.  The foredeck is a perfectly sized space for working with a foresail.  The Catalina 425 has a large hatch in the stern, which can be used like an inflatable dinghy garage.  There is a retractable swim platform.

The starboard cockpit bench converts to a double berth.  In the port cockpit bench is a “gull-wing” hatch that opens to the port aft stateroom, enabling this space to be easily used for a lazarette.

Hull and Keel

The Catalina 425 is designed with Catalina’s Strike Zone, a watertight crash locker, or collision bulkhead, in the bow.  Crash lockers are crucial safety features that are obvious but rarely included in production boats.  They are not expensive to produce and only take up the least valuable and infrequently used space below decks.  All cruising sailboats should have crash lockers in the bow, and if not provided by the manufacturer, should be retrofitted.

The Catalina 425 has a lead keel, which better absorbs the impact of grounding than less expensive keel metals found in most production sailboats.  The 425 also has an extensive  load bearing grid work in the bottom of the hull, which in addition to preventing hull flex, distributes keel loading and impact forces in the event of grounding.  A shoal draft keel and rudder will be offered.

Being a 5 Series boat, the Catalina 425 hull is laid up with Catalinas 5 Series system.

Rigging

Catalina 425 Hull, Keel, and Rigging Profile
Catalina 425 Hull, Keel, and Rigging Profile

The Catalina 425 has a deck-stepped mast that is well-supported by Catalina’s T-Beam MastStep, which effectively transfers the mast load to the keel.  The backstay is split, which of course eases boarding from the stern, and the spreaders are swept back.  Unlike older Catalina’s the 425 is a fractional rig.  Shrouds are inboard, mounted to the deck at the edge of the cabin house.

The mainsail is roached with vertically oriented battens.  The standard 100% jib is self-tacking on a traveler track mounted on the cabin house.  Genoa tracks are set farther aft, inboard along the base of the cabin house.  The genoa is tacked to the forward end of the anchor roller bow sprit.  The inboard shrouds and sheeting should allow the Catalina 425 to point well to windward.

Resources

Catalina 425 Press Release

Catalina 425 Brochure

Catalina 425 Sailing, Perspective View

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