Nacra 17

The Nacra 17 is the catamaran chosen to succeed to the Tornado for the Olympic Games. This sailboat is more compact and has less sail area, but she makes up for with her appendages. Indeed the Nacra 17 is equipped with 2 curved foils (C-shaped), to relieve the floats and reduce drag. Even if she does not really fly, unlike the Nacra F20 FCS, these foils make this boat very fast. Yet the Nacra 17 remains relatively reasonable, carbon is used only where the constraints are strong and the gain significant, for example foils or mast, the rest is conventional to contain the price.

Specific aspects of the series, the major regattas are necessarily raced by mixed crews. The average weight of these crews is between 130kg – 285lbs and 140kg – 310lbs.

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Main Features

ModelNacra 17
Sailboat typeBeach catamaran
DesignerGino Morrelli
Pete Melvin
Building years (first/last)2011 / Still in production
CE regulationC-3 / D-4
ConstructionSandwich foam/fiberglass/polyester
Appendage typeTwo C foils
Rudder bladeDouble transom hung rudders
RudderDouble tillers
Main dimensions
Hull length17.2 ft
Beam over all8.5 ft
Draft (max./min.)3.4 / 0.5 ft
Mast length29.5 ft
Light displacement306 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop
Rig materialMast in Carbon fiber and boom in Aluminum
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader anglePushing (diamond)
Spinnaker typeAssymmetrical spinnaker on bowsprit
Upwind sailarea217 ft²
Downwind sailarea379 ft²
Mainsail area174 ft²
Genoa area43 ft²
Spinnaker area205 ft²


Upwind sailarea / displacement1564.2 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement2725.9 ft²/Ton
Trapezes2 set(s)

SCHRSSmall Catamaran Handicap Rating System: rating introduced by ISAF in 1992 to allow to different catamarans to race together.

rating (2013)

Portsmouth-YardstickPortsmouth Yardstick is an empirical system of handicapping used for small sailboat (dinghies included).


Based on specification2014

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