Please select your home edition
Edition
Allen IQP 2017 728x90 1

Eagle Class 53 sails for the first time with its full Hybrid Wing rig

by Eagle Class 11 Feb 23:18 PST
Eagle Class 53 © Richard & Rachel / Ocean Images

The Eagle Class 53 sailed for the first time with its Hybrid wing and jib in a gentle 8 knots of breeze on flat water off the island of St Thomas in the USVI recently. A project that began four years ago has now come to fruition for Tommy Gonzalez of Fast Forward Composites. They have produced the most revolutionary catamaran in the world. The boat was conceived by professional sailors and designed by an international team of designers, engineers and naval architects.

Only three crew sailed including Tommy Gonzalez and Randy Smyth, both of whom where elated with how well the sail went, and they were joined by the new crew Amber Bowman. The day started at 4am to step the rig, and in the afternoon breeze they sailed for the first time with wing and main plus jib. The Hybrid Wing will stay in place thanks to its revolutionary ability to feather through 360 degrees when the boat is moored or docked. In the 8 knot light breeze they achieved speeds of 10 and 11 knots.

The boat will now stay in St Thomas and have its final furniture fitted to the cabins and deck area, test sails n all kinds of breeze, this will happen over the coming few weeks. Images of progress will be regularly posted on the Eagle Class 53 Instagram.

Tommy Gonzalez commented...

"It was a great push, got out a lot of kinks, learned a lot, she glides and moves effortlessly across the water so were very happy. It was easier than we thought. I'm exhilarated for the guys who work at the factory and also relieved that the owner is going to be very happy"

"Once we're fully comfortable and up to speed with the Hybrid Wing and C-foils, we will be fitting our T-foils for full foiling" added Gonzalez.

A smiling Randy Smyth also added....

"Today was a big day. We've waited years for this. The Fast Forward Eagle Class 53 finally hit the water, the wing up and all the sails up. It was a fabulous day with only three of us out there. It was like a dream come true".

Related Articles

Groupe Beneteau unveils its first motor foiler
A new innovation, unveiling its concept foiling motor yacht It took just nine months for the teams from Groupe Beneteau, working closely with the best partners in France, to conceive, design, develop and build this next-generation flying boat. Posted today at 12:09 pm
2019 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award
The NMMA honor John Thommen, Founder & CEO of Ocean Marketing, Inc. The NMMA today honored John Thommen, Founder and CEO, Ocean Marketing, Inc., with the 2019 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who've made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership Posted today at 3:19 am
Larson Electronics releases 18W LED Boat Light Bar
1,400 lumens, 10-30V DC, IP67 waterproof rated Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with over 40 years of experience spearheading the industrial lighting sector, announced the release of an 18-watt LED boat light bar for use on a variety of boat types. Posted on 16 Feb
Fusion extends Signature Series Amplifier range
To enhance on board audio experience Fusion®, a worldwide leader in marine audio entertainment, announced today the release of two new additions to its industry-leading range of marine audio entertainment products, the Signature Series six- and eight-channel class-D marine amplifiers. Posted on 16 Feb
Evinrude announces $2M engine donation to ABYC
To combat industry-wide technician shortage Evinrude, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Marine Distributors Association (NMDA) announced today that Evinrude will donate two million dollars' worth of Evinrude ETEC G2 3.4L V6 outboard engines Posted on 15 Feb
2018 Neptune Awards winners
Announed by the Marine Marketers of America Marine Marketers of America (MMA) today announced the winners of its 2018 Neptune Awards for Marine Marketing Excellence during the Miami International Boat Show. Posted on 15 Feb
Cox Powertrain's Florida distributor announced
One of the region's chief Caterpillar dealers Ring Power Corporation, one of Florida's largest maritime propulsion specialists and one of the region's chief Caterpillar dealers, was today announced as Cox Powertrain's exclusive distributor for Florida. Posted on 15 Feb
Mercury Marine unveils electronic controls
Making the operation easier and more precise At the launch of the Miami International Boat Show, Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion, introduced a new suite of technological solutions for controlling five- and six-engine arrays of outboard boat engines. Posted on 15 Feb
Mercury Marine launches 400hp Verado engine
The company's highest horsepower Verado branded outboard engine Since the launch of the 350hp Verado and the Mercury Racing 400R four years ago, consumers have been requesting a higher horsepower Verado engine, and today, boaters around the world will have the opportunity to repower. Posted on 14 Feb
Bellingham Marine CEO will retire at end of 2019
A transition plan is in place. Owner and Chairman, Joe Ueberroth, will assume the title of CEO Everett Babbitt, Bellingham Marine CEO, has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2019. Following his retirement, he will continue to serve as a Director of the company. Posted on 14 Feb
Zhik 2018 Dongfeng 728x90 BOTTOMMarine Resources BOTTOMMelges IC37 2019 Footer