The BoatsThe AC45 Catamaran The ADM Design Synopsis About the Builder
America’s Cup Racing
The “tune-up” boat for the 34th America’s Cup is the AC45 hard-wing Catamaran. The AC72 is slated to be raced in the actual America’s Cup and Challenger (Defender) series.
A catamaran is a type of "Multihull" multihulled boat or ship consisting of two "Hull (watercraft)" hulls joined by some structure, the most basic being a frame, formed of "Aka (sailing)" akas. Multihulls were invented and sailed by the early Polynesians. Catamarans can be sail- or engine-powered. Catamarans are a relatively recent introduction to the design of boats for both leisure and sport sailing. The catamaran has arguably become the best design for fast ferries, because their speed, stability and large capacity are valuable.
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AC72 Approximate Dimensions:
Length Over All – 22.0 m (72 feet)
Beam - 14.0 m (46 feet)
Displacement - 7,000 kg (15,000 pounds)
Wingsail area - 300 sq m (3,229 square feet)