North American Catamaran Racing Association
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NACRA (North American Catamaran Racing Association) is a classes of racing catamarans originating in the USA with adoption in Europe, Australia, and many island nations. Within the NACRA class are a variety of catamaran sizes and styles ranging from resort hire boats to performance racing.
NACRA Catamarans since 1975
1968 (Southern California), Geoff Prindle decides to pursue catamaran design and development, co-founding Surfglas, Inc. with partner, Sterling Santley. Prindle places second at the USA nationals around this time.
1971, Prindle 16 goes into production – light, strong, and fast. The Prindle could cut smoothly through the water because of its fine bow entry and was not as susceptible to pitch poling as other similar designs. Two years straight, the boat won the “Most Efficient Catamaran Trophy” award at the Pacific Multihull Association’s World Speed Trials. 1972, NACRA started out as an Alpha cat besides Prindle, the first boat was the Alpha 18 and then the Alpha 15, which was a single handed boat, was to sail in the One of a Kind regatta in Newport Beach. Within this time frame Tom Roland had made an 18 foot cat that became the Nacra 18 square.
1975, Performance Cat Inc. came up with the NACRA 36 to promote the North American Catamaran Racing Association which is where the name NACRA came from. A 36 foot speed machine that did lot’s of promotion and is still going strong. The NACRA 5.5 was born as one up cat. NACRA in the early 80′s developed the 5.0 to also sell cats in the recreational market and this was quickly followed with the 5.7. and 5.8
1985, Roy Seaman made all the original NACRA hull plugs and developed the 6.0 to be the ultimate boat especially for the Worrell 1000 Extreme race, and won this race numerous times. The first NACRA 6.0’s had a self tacking jib and spinnaker. At the end of the eighties the 5.5 rig was changed into the 5.5 sloop.
1996, The formula 18 class was growing in Europe so NACRA launched the Inter 18. The NACRA Inter 20 was only a matter of time and sometimes sold by the dozen. By now importers and NACRA dealers all over the world were distributing NACRA catamarans; being super successful in racing and recreational sailing cats.
- A fully battened, boomless mainsail
- Adjustable diamond spreaders
- Mesh trampoline
- Adjustable kick-up rudder system
- Early models featured vertically split molds with hand-laid fiberglas which evolved to molded foam sandwich hulls. Newer boats are made from Vinylester foam sandwich.
- One piece extruded masts and beams
- Dacron sails
- Foam core battens
Current and notable past models
|Model||Period||Length Over All||Beam||Weight||Sail Area||Spinnaker||Crew||Comments|
|14sq||late 1980s-Early 1990s||4.5m||2.44||105 kg||14m²||Optional||1||Daggerboards|
|4.5||4.50 m||2.44 m||120 kg||17.5 m²||Optional||1-2||Skegs|
|460||4.50 m||2.35 m||142 kg||15.2 m²||-||1-2||Skegs|
|Blast||4.80 m||2.45 m||159 kg||15.6 m²||12.55||1-2||Skegs. Design: Alain Comyn|
|16sq||5.0m||2.5m||130 kg||16 m²||Optional||1||Daggerboards|
|5.0||1985||5.0 m||2.44 m||130 kg||19 m²||-||2||Skegs. Design: Roy Seaman|
|500||5.0 m||2.44 m||150 kg||17.6 m²||17 m²||1-2||Skegs|
|5.2||1979-mid-80||5.2 m||2.44 m||170 kg||20.43 m²||-||2||Daggerboards|
|F17||5.20 m||2.44 m||156 kg||15.25 m²||17 / 19 m²||1||Daggerboards|
|Nacra 17||2012||5.25 m||2.59 m||132 kg||18.25 m²||18.5 m²||2||curved Daggerboards. Design: Morelli und Melvin|
|F18 Inter 18||5.52 m||2.6 m||180 kg||20.45 / 21.15 m²||19/22 m²||2||F18 class boat. Design: Morelli und Melvin|
|F18 Inter 2||5.52 m||2.6 m||180 kg||20.45 / 21.15 m²||19/22 m²||2||F18 class boat. Design: Alain Comyn|
|F18 Infusion||5.52 m||2.6 m||180 kg||20.45 / 21.15 m²||19/22 m²||2||F18 class boat. Design: Morelli und Melvin|
|5.7||5.67 m||2.44 m||163 kg||21.3 m²||-||2||Skegs|
|570||5.65 m||2.44 m||163 kg||21.1 m²||21 m²||2||Skegs|
|5.8||1985||5.8 m||2.5 m||160 kg||22.8 m²||-||2||Daggerboards. Design: Roy Seaman|
|580||5.8 m||2.44 m||188 kg||22.1 m²||23 m²||2||Daggerboards|
|6.0||6.10 m||2.59 m||191 kg||24.5 m²||2||Daggerboards|
|N20||6.12 m||2.6 m||192 kg||20.45 / 24.9 m²||25 m²||2||Formula 20 class boat|