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Design from the past: G4 Foiling Catamaran

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Design from the past: G4 foiling catamaran

The G4 foiling catamaran will no longer be manufactured by us, but we like to tell you about the design philosophy and the beautiful sailing characteristics of this special foiling multihull.

Every G4 foiling catamaran was handmade in our own factory in Lelystad, the Netherlands. A passionate team of craftsmen made the boats according to the individual wishes and requirements of the customer. With its extraordinary lines and performance, the G4 sailed its own course. It did not compete with other yachts suitable for coastal sailing. Light as a feather and very powerful, the G4 delivers the ultimate sailing performance with a touch of adrenaline.

Design philosophy

The G4 is now part of DNA’s family history. It was built and delivered with an extensive package of hydrofoils. The pre-preg structure was state-of-the-art and there was a sea of space for six passengers with lots of comfort. The G4 foiling catamaran was designed as a junior racer with high cruiser content – not the other way around. The G4 was the more luxurious, practical, comfortable and sophisticated view of every high performance catamaran that existed until then.

The interior of the G4 foiling catamaran offered space and comfort according to the ‘less is more’ philosophy. The extremely spacious cockpit could be used for the preparation and consumption of meals or even a party with 15 people. The cabin even gave full standing heigth at the entrance. The interior was completed with two queen sized beds and a spacious sofa for 6 to 8 people. Thanks to the great panoramic views, this is a great place to eat, read or navigate. The comfort on board made the G4 suitable for long weekends, where you can travel distances of 300 nautical miles.

The design is derived from the foiling DNA A-cat catamaran: the same hull shape in a more spacious jacket. The DNA design team for the G4 foiling catamaran included the well-known Dutch industrial design engineer Rudo Enserink.

Performance with hydrofoils

The core of the performance of the G4 foiling catamaran was the package of hydrofoils. This consists of long L-daggerboard foil and T-rudders. The rake of all foils can be moved forwards or backwards, for more or less lift. Not in the mood for a foiling day? Simply rake the foils forward and sail like any other catamaran.

No matter how good the foils are, it’s the low weight of the ship that makes it possible to lift the complete boat. The aerodynamic design provides a low wind profile – once in the air, the G4 was able to push itself to a speed of 35 knots and more.

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The G4: the most personal foiling boat

We thought that every G4 multihull should reflect both the personality and individuality of the owner. That’s why, both then and now, we encourage our customers to be involved in the construction process. Through the contact with the engineers and builders of their new boat, a lifelong bond is created. This is one of the many advantages when it comes to handmade yachts in a small volume. If buyer and builder know each other, this will result in the perfect, personalized foiling boat.


LWL: 12.74 m
LOA: 12.14 m
BOA: 6.78 m
Draft foils up: 0.6 m
Draft foils down: 2.4 m
Mast clearance: 19.36 m
Displacement lightship: 2835 kg
Displacement max. load: 4300 kg
Salon height at entrance: 1.83 m
Water capacity: 40 L
Motor: 8 kw electric, retractable

Sails: North Sails 3Di
Main: 73 m2
Jib: (full battens) 32 m2
FR0: (vertical battens – on furler) 39 m2
MC0: (laminated sail – on furler) 115 m2

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