Last February, millions tuned in to watch BMW Oracle Racing win the America’s Cup. All of the legal arguments aside, there is no doubt that when the monster trimaran pulled the trigger to blast around the course at alarming speed, any avid sailor would have given his eye-teeth to be on board.
Multi-million dollar flying machines are only within the reach of the lucky few, but Swedish yacht designers Oceanlake Marine, have been working on that problem and look to be delivering a big bang for your buck.
“The Seacart 26 is designed by renowned French architect, Marc Lombard, and will be available to sail in early Spring 2011, ten are currently in production.” Confirmed Oceanlake Marine’s Calle Hennix. “The Seacart 26 is an evolution of the the Seacart 30 but very different in so much as the Seacart 30 is designed for offshore sailing. The additional fittings and fixtures required for racing offshore add extra weight and cost. The Seacart 26 has none of these, giving it a dry weight of just 700kg and considerably more performance. Our objective is to create a one design class and race at key regattas all over the world.”
With wave-piercing bows, spray rails curved foils and a powerful carbon wing mast, the Seacart 26 is most definitely built for speed. There are obvious similarities with the America's Cup multihull, but Oceanlake Marine have also come up with some practical solutions designed to compliment stowage and trailer issues.
The boat is designed to fold up, compressing the beam to under 8ft, so much so that two of them with all the associated gear can fit into a 40ft container. Shipping the boats in this way is about the same price as a business class air ticket to regattas, all over the world. What's more, the boat can be folded dockside with the rig up, saving docking fees. It is a simple operation that only takes about fifteen minutes. Antigua Sailing Week, Cowes Week, Key West and many more prestigious regattas have multihull classes.
The Seacart 26 has an ergonomic cockpit design, which makes it possible to sail single-handed, but in race mode the idea is for a crew of three to four. Prices start from under $100,000 for multiple-boat purchases.
Flying two hulls and zipping along at speeds in excess of 20 knots would scare the living day lights out of some. Careful attention has been paid to avoiding pitch-polling and both outer-hulls have rudders for ease of control, but there is no doubt that the Seacart 26 is without any brakes, designed to go like a rocket.
In short, if you fancy the thrill of high-speed sailing at regattas all over the world, the Seacart 26 offers a user-friendly experience at relatively low cost, without the hassle of a big crew.
SeaCart 26 OD Specifications
Length incl. rudder 7.92 m / 26’
Beam 5.60 m / 18’4”
Beam Folded 2.33 m / 7’8”
Draft C/board down 1.49 m / 4’11”
Weight Empty less than 700 kg / <1543 lb
Mast Length 11.9 m / 39’1”
Design Marc Lombard
Builder Composite Marine Int.
For more information, visit the Seacart 26 website.