We’ve always thought the SeaCart 30 was a bitchin multi and now Oceanlake Marine have just introduced a little sister…
Oceanlake’s quest was to create a One Design trimaran that delivered true high-performance for its size, and one that far exceeds expectations for a production boat. The design brief stipulated that the boat must fold to make berthing and trailering quick and easy. It also had to be versatile and suited for both course and distance racing.
Multihull expert and designer of the SeaCart 30, Marc Lombard, was the designer. Marc’s prior accomplishments and experience with the 30-footer enabled him to be instrumental in the evolution of the SeaCart 26. Mike Drummond, a member of BMW ORACLE Racing’s Design Team and America’s Cup Hall of Fame, was consulted as a technical advisor. Calle Hennix, founder of Oceanlake Marine, has brought this most recent SeaCart project from concept to reality once again.
“We strongly believe we have achieved what we set out to and have created a One Design boat that will become the benchmark in multihull racing,” says Calle Hennix. “We will put every effort into developing an internationally strong class that will have continental and World Championships within a few years,” he adds.
While it stems from the pedigree of SeaCart’s 30-footer, this new class has been created from a blank sheet. It has been drawn with modern lines including wave-piercing bows, spray rails, curved foils and a comfortable cockpit. The hulls are built in epoxy/E-glass with carbon fibre reinforcing in areas of higher load. The pivoting centreboard in the main hull and optional foils combined with SeaCart’s signature twin rudders will allow the boat to fly two hulls in full control!
The rig features a carbon fibre wing mast and 26.6m2 high-aspect square-top mainsail. In One Design configuration it will have a 11.2m2 jib and 43.7m2 gennaker. For distance racing a 26m2 Code 0 and larger 57m2 gennaker may be used. North Sails have created the sail plan which is designed to be both powerful and versatile. The One Design Rules will leave the choice of sail manufacturer open and will be governed by a ‘Box Rule’.
While it boasts systems that will excel when sailing, particular focus has also been given to making it easy to handle when not. A super-light and very efficient folding system has been developed that with the addition of a supporting set of stays allows the mast to stay up even when the boat is folded. A roll-on/roll-off cradle kit can also be supplied to suit road trailers, and two boats will fit into a standard 40-foot container for shipping.
Tim Shuwalow, Oceanlake Marine’s International Sales Manager says, “I’m eager to expose and promote these great boats to a broader audience. The SeaCart 26 will excite multihull enthusiasts, and monohull sailors have never had an easier opportunity to get into multihulls. It will be a great boat to race for everyone!”
Composite Marine International (CMI) has been appointed as the official builder of the SeaCart 26. CMI is currently in the final stages of mould construction at their facility in Thailand. Once the first boat is completed in just a few of months it will be comprehensively test sailed before full production commences on the first 10 boats that have already been ordered.
Despite an overwhelming amount of early interest, Oceanlake Marine is offering attractive deals to reward early adopters to ensure the class is established quickly. Collective buyers will be able to secure multiple boat discounts for a limited time and also cut their shipping costs in half. Orders are being taken now for delivery of the new SeaCart 26 in 2011.