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Posts Tagged ‘TF-10’

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This is the new foiling TF10 trimaran. A high-tech carbon fest, allowing sailors to foil easily in around 8 knots of boatspeed! Designed from scratch as a super fun foiler for mere mortals, we believe that goal has been accomplished!

About this video: A small crew from DNA recently travelled to Barcelona for the new foiling TF10 trimaran to be tested by a jury of 12 European sailing magazines for the 2018 European Yacht of the Year competition – the TF10 is nominated in the category Special Yacht. After the jury testing for EYOTY, we kept on sailing with other media and prospects for their impressions.

Our mission to sail the TF10 trimaran in Barcelona was surrounded by turmoil as the local Catalonia region was passing a resolution for independence from Spain at that time. Low flying helicopters and a big presence from the local military police added a dimension for sure.

Sailing in indigo blue Mediterranean waters with stunning backgrounds was absolutely fabulous. This video captures some of the sailing experience and as the video clearly shows, we had cloudy and rainy days too. The sun came out as soon as the video team went home. Of course.

Learn more about the TF-10 and DNA Performance Sailing here. [and look for Clean’s boat review shortly! -ed]

November 17th, 2017 by admin

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For the select few sailors looking for the ultimate in Grand Prix one-design, it looks like the TF-10 might just be it. With electronic rake control, off-watch bunks for distance races, and a M&M design that appears to be extremely well mannered, the TF-10 seems to answer all the right questions for even the out-of-shape or septuagenarian owner.

The boys at DNA put together the sea trial video above that includes quite a lot of info directly from the owners mouths – owners with experience in everything from Melges World Championships to J/105s at the Big Boat Series to Marstrom 32s in Sweden, and they explain why they’ve decided they’ve moved out of all that jazz and into this.  We’ve been told they’ve all signed off on the design, the components are greenlit, and production on hulls 2 and 3 is now under construction in Holland with the fourth beginning soon.

Sailing Anarchy will be aboard hull number 1 as soon as possible for a full review; a truly stable foiling multihull has long been sailing’s unicorn and we’re goddamned stoked to check her out.

Details and sea trials are over on the DNA site here.

 

 

August 18th, 2017 by admin

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Day 3 - 1

With the first of the TF-10 foiling trimarans not far from splashing, DNA Performance Sailing now has a line of four hot multihulls, all flying over the water rather than in it.  We’ll bring you reports from next month’s sea trials and let you know if the TF is indeed as easy to fly as Morelli & Melvin and the NYYC owner/racers who commissioned it intended.

We’re even more excited though about a different DNA project; the electronically-stabilized auto-flying G4 cat.  We all know the future of foiling is automated and whether it’s the DNA system or something else entirely, we’re geeking pretty hard on the possibilities.  Get your geek on in this video explanation of the system.

May 18th, 2017 by admin

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Clean Report

The Gunboat G4’s famous flip in St. Barth’s a couple of years ago didn’t do wonders for the marketing plan behind that ‘cruising’ foiler, but the dedicated racers developing the DNA F4 one-design spinoff of the G4 have been following a different, more logical path.  Two-time America’s Cup winner Shannon Falcone (who sailed the G4 extensively) and the team at DNA have been working up the 30-knot-plus machine in Antigua to find her limits before going into full production, and they found those limits a few weeks ago while testing the boat on a squally day off the West Coast of the island.    We spoke to the guys in Holland to get the story (and if you want to see the F4 being built in the DNA factory, click here for the full tour we did back in November.)  Here’s a photo from under the boat, and here’s a look at the F4 at 30 knots on a more typical daysail.  In a bit of bad news for race fans everywhere, the golden F4 won’t make the start of yet another record-setting fleet in the Caribbean 600.  Anyway, here’s the official statement:

Thanks for your inquiry, Clean.  Although everyone knows cats can flip, we would wished it wouldn’t have happened on a sunny day in the Caribbean after they’d already survived rough weather and storms from NY to Bermuda and then another thousand-mile trip to Antigua without issue!  But hey, it happened – so let’s learn from it.  That’s why Shannon has been working so hard to learn the boat.

While we hope you get the story straight from Shannon [it’s coming sooner than you realize] we learned from him that he was sailing inside the jib, heading towards the harbour while his crew were on the bow getting the furled FRO down on the tramp.  A squall and a big shift caught them with the jib on the winch, and even with the main blown off completely, the pressure on the jib slowly carried them over.

In association with Andrew “Macca” Macpherson, we’ve been working for some time on a system that’s essential for these kinds of boats, and this incident reinforced its need. While winged AC boats and sealed-mast cats lay on their sides in a capsize, boats with more conventional masts turtle almost immediately, making recovery complicated and causing damage to electronics.  That’s why we’re excited about the mast-mounted inflatable balloon system we’ve been engineering for the TF-10 trimaran and G4 and F4 foiling cats; in the rare case that one of these boats goes over, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to be righted quickly and easily.

We’ll have more news on the system later, and while we get the boat back in racing shape, feel free to check out this video of the F4 sailing in BDA and Antigua.  She’s a dream!

February 15th, 2017 by admin

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