The F16 box rule allows a number of boats from different manufacturers to race together. Under the rule they must be rightable unassisted after a capsize by a solo sailor or by two crew, and must conform to a set of dimensions and weights that ensure close racing. The F16 is the only multihull class where solo sailors and crewed boats race head to head with no handicap due to the extremely close performance in both solo and crewed mode.
While being raced solo, the F16 class has only a mainsail and spinnaker, while the crewed boats have mainsail, jib and spinnaker. Even so the solo sailor won’t lose much time on the course against their crewed opposition. The rig can be trimmed on the water to allow fine control of sails shape to suit various conditions through mast rotation, traveller, sheet, downhaul, outhaul and halyard systems.
Now the F16 class is recognised by World Sailing, the fleets are getting much bigger and the racing is getting very competitive. The F16 circuit makes for close racing, a real draw for lighter crewed or heavier solo sailors.
The NACRA 16
Sailable within the F16 box rule or on its C foils in the NACRA 16 class, this boat can compete in some of the best racing on the water. While those sailing it can enjoy the F16 class, those wishing to progress from the NACRA 15 to 17 will find a more complex and challenging stepping stone, when in curved foil guise, between the NACRA 15 and NACRA 17.
C foils are designed to give lift to the hulls, particularly in downwind conditions and thereby preventing pitch-poling, a problem that besets many multihulls. Moving longitudinal stability forward helps to make a technically challenging and faster yet more controllable boat.
Similarities with other NACRAs
With similar control systems, hull shape and C foil capabilities to the NACRA 15, 17 and the 16 is a very good stepping stone in someone’s sailing career as they progress through C foiled multihulls. While lots of fun to sail, the competition on all the circuits in which this races is fierce and fast.
Fun for all the family
It is small yet flexible enough for a range of uses, from families teaching their younger members to sail, to couples sailing together, crews that are too light for the F18 box rule class, and even solo sailors seeking to push their limits on a heavyweight performance racing dinghy.
Compromises without losses
While the NACRA 16 can be sailed in a range of configurations, it loses very little in trying to do so many things. The self tacking jib makes it race in anger, while the C foils give an introduction to reduced drag sailing that can ease people gently to full foiling as their careers progress.
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|Nacra snuffer system||Standard|
|Nacra kick up rudder system||Standard|
|Carbon telescopic Joystick||Option|
|Ariba Glass fibre telescopic joystick||Standard|
|Self Tacking Jib system||Standard|
|Adjustable trapeze system||Option|
|1:8 main sheet system||Standard|
|1:10 mainsheet system||Option|