The latest from anarchist’s favorite, Paul Bieker:
At 600kg with ballast the Riptide 27 is a “Hyperlight” displacement sportboat capable of impressive downwind speeds (see VPP polars). In this design we have revisited the concept of using laminated flat stock panels for the majority of the boat structure, but this time we are using state of the art carbon prepreg/nomex panels. This methodology yields a great combination of aerospace quality at a relatively economical price. Other interesting aspects of this design are its twin rudders, powerful chined hull form and a jibing keel fin. This boat is slated for launch in the late Summer of ’09. Comments.