Maybe we are looking at this all wrong in taking a basic or special cat and adding foils?
Why even deal with making a foiling boat that will sail in sub 6knt. winds like the Groupama, Flying Phantom, and Hydros did?
Light weight is important and the boat could be 75-100lbs if length is kept to a minimum. The hulls are foil delivery components so maybe they can be tiny with stanchions or strongly curved beams.
Maybe a special box rule class for a 1 person cat foiler is in order to avoid changing up current classes?
If ita 16 starts selling his creation, that would be a start. He could do a factory class or it could be part of the box rule thing, or both.
Boats like this will tip over easily as do Moths, so that eliminates a whole group of sailors from being interested; leaving room for the floating boats.
At least a cat doesn't tip over just sitting in the water with no one on board, but maybe foiling works better on a single hull and cats should just stay floaters except for the tinkerers. The way the Moth rider has room down in the hull to duck under the rig , and the way they can balance on top of the foil during maneuvers looks pretty advantageous. Plus they only have the 1 rudder which simplifies things.
I like that people can foil in 6knts of breeze. i wonder if just putting a smaller rig and foils would work for sailing in 25knts with associated waves/cop, or if there will be more to it than that? Minimizing the penalty for a crash is good.
There is a lot of fun to be had regular sailing. 12-15knts boat speed on a regular cat can feel fast and is most enjoyable. It's how i go cat sailing. If i want to go faster there is always my slalom windsurfing rig.
In summary; maybe yes and maybe no for 1 person cat foiler to be a successful new off-shoot sport.
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