Nacra 500

The Nacra 500 is a versatile catamaran. She is equally at ease in a regatta, leisure or initiation. The boat is plain and simple: no boom, a trampoline in one piece, symmetrical hulls equipped with skegs that reduce drift and increase the ease to tack. The performance is not forgotten: double trapeze, Mylar square top mainsail, adjustable spreaders and, in this sports version, a spinnaker. Nacra 500 is a race competitor for the Hobie Cat 16 with a favorable rating and more comfortable volume.

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Main Features

ModelNacra 500
Sailboat typeBeach catamaran
DesignerPerformance Catamarans
Building years (first/last)1998 / Still in production
PredecessorNacra 5.0
CE regulationC-2 / D-4
Appendage typeSkegs
Rudder bladeDouble transom hung rudders
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Hull length16.4 ft
Beam over all8.0 ft
Mast length27.0 ft
Light displacement328 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop with rotating mast
MastFore beam stepped mast
Rig materialMast in Aluminum and no boom
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader anglePushing (diamond)
Spinnaker typeAssymmetrical spinnaker on bowsprit
Upwind sailarea192 ft²
Downwind sailarea335 ft²
Mainsail area152 ft²
Jib area40 ft²
Spinnaker area183 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

25.4 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

18.1 ft


Upwind sailarea / displacement1290.3 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement2250.3 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)

Auxiliary engine

BrandNo engine

Based on specification2013

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