For those who already know what a foiling boat is, you’re definitely in the right place to see some of the best available today. For everyone else, a little introduction will go far in explaining just what a foil boat is and how it’s supposed to be used. Basically, foiling boats, dinghies or moth boats are essentially the same types of vessels. These are small, slim and streamlined boats designed for single occupancy and made for solo users to travel fast and light over the water. With the rising popularity of moth boats in particular, you may have seen some foiling boats recently without realizing it.
You don’t even need a reason to like sailing with the C-Fly, which allows you to navigate along the water while lying back, almost as if you were sitting in your favorite recliner. This little number took almost 15 years to fully develop and the wait was well worth it. Not that the process is done – right now the boat is a sort of prototype, meant for hugging coasts with its smallish 7.6 m body.
Whether you’re a professional like me or someone who takes to the water far less often, you absolutely must have a boat which works. The Foiling Radio Controlled Yacht is perfect for sailors of all skill levels, mostly because it doesn’t work in the normal, mechanical method. I mean, it is mechanical, but you use a radio control to make turns and create other action, so it’s a bit different from the usual fare. The boat works great though.
Next we’ve got the New Zealand R Class Skiff, which is an excellent choice for those who want to try foiling but are new to the field. It’s one of the only two-handed foiling boats which allow for a considerable velocity to be reached; others are, for the most part, simply too heavy to get going very fast. The increased level of control makes this foil a favorite for beginners.
It’s no secret that sailing helps lead a healthy lifestyle since it uses just about every muscle group in your body – especially when you fall off and have a sudden need to swim. A group of sailors looking to keep fit would probably love the AC72, which is a kind of giant foiling boat meant to be piloted by a whole crew of people rather than a single user. There’s a lot more bulk to this boat, so it takes a lot more power to keep it aligned and running along a designated path.
For larger pilots, larger foiling boats are generally needed. They are usually light and somewhat frail, allowing only for weights of up to 80 kg before performance starts to suffer and risk of damage starts to become an issue. The RS600 by Linton Jenkins of Full Force Boats is a bigger, sturdier version of the popular racing boat made to accommodate larger people. It’s pretty much perfect for those who are too big to work the smaller foils.
Many newcomers to foiling think the boat is what really makes the device. While this is somewhat true, the fact is that foils can be placed on almost anything which will float. Even vessels which would normally appear too bulky or shaped in a bad way for foiling can be made to glide with the best of them, given an experienced designer or enthusiast who knows what they’re doing. If you want to see more about this, just do a quick search for the Optimist which was converted into a foiling boat by Adam May and Katherine Knight.
The Mirabaud LX is one of the newest types of foiling boats, designed specifically to work on calmer, flat waters, like those which can usually be found in European lakes and other isolated bodies of water, as opposed to the open ocean. What originally started as a simple 18 foot skiff was made into a massive foiling machine by skilled hands, and it’s surprisingly fast given its length. How might this be possible? Well, by removing a good deal of the boat’s hull, much of the weight and drag was removed as well. This thing is light, fast and admittedly dangerous.
If you’re not sure what to wear when sailing then a foiling boat with a bit of extra cargo space to store a change of clothes might be exactly what you’re looking for. In this case, you’ll want to check out the Hydroptere, a record-breaking foiling boat with multiple hulls and a giant body overall. This foiling boat is big and sturdy, so it’s probably not the fastest among all those listed here. It certainly has the extra storage space and room some sailors are looking for, however.
The International Moth is a good example of what can happen when a sport which is popular in one part of the world tries to appeal to people from another corner of the globe. These specific foiling boats are so popular now that people are using them all throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, not just in the western world. They’re stable, fast and built solid. What more could one ask for?
Last but certainly not least of all, take a look at the SYZ & CO sponsored foiling boat, which was designed and built specifically for the people at the Swiss private banking group from which the boat took its namesake. This is a project which has been a work in progress since back in 2009, and while it hasn’t seen much professional use yet, other boats on this list took nearly three times as much time to be finally completed and clear the design phase.
With these ten different foiling boats to check out, you’ll have plenty of reading and picture viewing to do if you want to see them all. That said, feel free to bring back any information you find out there and share it with the rest of us. People are always looking for technical specs, manufacturing information and more, so don’t be shy if you’ve got any.