We are very happy and proud to present you the Foiling VIPER and Foiling VIPER convertible!
We have made our VIPER foil, and first testing shows easy, stable and fast foiling, both up and down wind! Have a look at our pictures and videos to see it yourself. We have some first images and teaser online, more will follow soon! Keep an eye on our social media channels as well to stay updated.
For the foiling setup, the Z foils are positioned in front of the sidestays, just behind the main beam. The foils come out of the hull not in the centre of the bottom of the hull, but a little on the side, which allows better foiling performance! The rake of the foils is easy to control with a belt-system, like most Acat’s are using nowadays. The T rudders have a removable elevator on the bottom and the rudder stock is a carbon cassette that holds the rudder tight with clamps.
The foiling VIPER will come in two versions: foiling only or a convertible version for foiling and floating mode. The biggest difference between these versions will be the centerboard cases installed in the hull. In total, our famous VIPER hulls will be available in three different options:
Classic VIPER with standard straight centerboard cases
Foiling VIPER with centerboard cases for foils
Foiling VIPER convertible with straight centerboard cases AND centerboard cases for foils
Why have we chosen for a foiling VIPER convertible with two types of cases? Because we don’t want to make any compromises!
The straight centerboard case stays at the exact same spot as it was in the past, and gives you perfect performance and balance in F16 and floating VIPER mode. When sailing in floating mode, perfectly fitting plates will make sure the foiling case is closed and the hull keeps his hydrodynamic quality. When in foiling mode, the off centre foiling case, which is located more to the front of the hull, offers all the benefits the platform and Z foils needs to easily put the VIPER above water surface and go fast, very very fast! Both configurations can be sailed without having one option compromising the other. It gives you the best of both worlds!
Production of the next batch of foiling VIPERs and foiling VIPERs convertible is running and first deliveries are planned in April/May.
The pricing of the Foiling VIPER and Foiling VIPER convertible will be (ex GST and ex factory):
Foiling VIPER convertible: 26.950€ ($43,600AUD)
The foiling VIPER convertible is an all-inclusive package! It will come with Z boards, T rudders and both classic and foiling centercases. On top of the foiling features, you will also get an additional package included to be able to sailthe VIPER in class legal F16 floating mode. This package will include straight centerboards, plates to close case not in use, second spinnaker for floating mode and a kit for the rudders. The Foiling VIPER convertible can be equipped with a decksweeper (non F16 class legal) or the regular mainsail (F16 class legal).
Don’t hesitate too long to get your hands on one of the first foiling VIPERs and foiling VIPERs convertible! Deliveries will come at a first come first serve base!