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Design from the past: F4 Foiling Catamaran

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F4: design from the past

DNA built the F4 foiling catamaran with love and by hand craftsmanship on their own yard in Lelystad, the Netherlands. The F4 is no longer in production, but we would like to tell you about the characteristics of this foiling race multihull.

The F4 was an exciting 14m long carbon foiling catamaran. Designed and built in such a way that you could push the limits in long-distance racing. The boat is the result of an extensive collaboration between Shannon Falcone (two-time America’s Cup winner), Tommy Loughborough (professional sailor) and the and the engineers/ the design team of DNA, like the well-known Dutch industrial design engineer Rudo Enserink. For 8 months, their joint focus was on design production and testing.

The F4 was specially designed for the Redbull documentary “Flying on water”. Jimmy Spithill, director of America’s Cup Team Oracle USA, foiled the first F4 from New York to Bermuda.

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Typical F4

Some specific features of the F4:

  • The hydrofoils guarantee stable foiling, even at speeds of 35+ knots
  • State-of-the-art carbon pre-preg and Nomex construction
  • The design of the cockpit is entirely focused on racing
  • Aerodynamic profile

The aim of the F4 was to achieve speeds with a 46-foot yacht, which are normally achieved by Maxis. The performance had to be at least impressive and we succeeded!

The F4 in a spectacular Redbull documentary

The first F4 foiling multihull played an important role in two documentaries. Red Bull foiling catamaran: Red Bull devised the mission ‘Flying on Water’, with sailing Jimmy Spithill as offshore foiling skipper, from New York to Bermuda. Check out the Red Bull microsite.

And: also watch this spectacular documentary about the F4: Shannon Falcone invites his friend and snowboard superstar Travis Rice, together with him and Thomas Loughborough, to sail the F4 from Bermuda to Antiqua. Experience this F4 adventure!


LOA: 14,2 m
BOA: 6,95 m
Draft daggerboards up: 1,9 m
Draft rudders down: 2,05 m
Mast clearance: 21,35 m
Displacement lightship: TBA
Displacement max. load: TBA
Salon height at entrance: 1.65 m
Water capacity: 210 L
Motor: 10 kw electric, retractable

Sails: North Sails 3Di offshore ply
Main: 73 m2
Staysail: (on furler) 16 m2
Jib: (full battens) 35 m2
FR0: (vertical battens – on furler) 51 m2
MC0: (laminated sail – on furler) 135 m2

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