This is a serious high-performance boat. The folks that brought us the unusual WindRider trimaran have a new foil-borne speedster called the Rave, designed by Dr. Sam Bradfield. The Rave takes performance to the next level, literally and figuratively.
The Rave's polyethylene-molded construction gives it durability, but the extruded foils preclude sailing the Rave up onto the beach. The weight of the Rave is listed as 390 pounds. You can transport the Rave on its custom trailer, but it's too big to fit on top of your car.
The center hull of the Rave features two cockpits. The skipper sits aft and steers with foot controls. There is a rumble seat forward for a passenger as well as a molded-in extension for the self-tacking jib traveler. This traveler is not very wide, but at the speeds the Rave sails, you will always be close-reaching or on the wind. I'd still like to see more travel for the jib to accommodate the appropriate trim for light air. The foils are on high-aspect-ratio struts that retract into the hulls. This means that in light air you can reduce wetted surface and still achieve good boat speed without being foil-borne. Foil attitude when flying is controlled by a control wand that is trailed. The foils are raised and lowered from the cockpit.
The rig is similar to that of the Laser Cat with its fat-head main and tall and narrow jib. The biggest difference in rigs between the Laser Cat and the Rave is the Laser Cat's ability to extend the mainsheet traveler the entire beam of the cat. This gives a lot of trim options. The narrow center hull of the Rave means that mainsheet travel can't be much more than 24 inches.
If you are looking for thrills and boat speed, the Rave should be high on your list of options. It will expose you to an entirely different style of sailing.
|Beam||17' (foil tip to foil tip);|
|Draft||12" (foils up), 4' (recommended with foils down);|
|Sail Area||195.2 sq. ft.|
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