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Dec. 2013 Page 11
A Brief History of Sailing Multihulls - Part 2
Designed for amateur building,
with a V bottom, almost flat aft,
and with a distinctive bow over-
hang, the
is particularly at
ease in a seaway. The class estab-
lished itself as very fast, despite
strong competition, and new
production models developed by
her designers, and was always
adapted with new innovations,
offering a double trapeze and a
spinnaker in 1960.
Patin a Vela
Patin a Vela
was born during
the 1920s near Barcelona. It all
started from a paddleboat on
which one would have stepped a
mast and set a sail, without adding
a rudder or a centerboard. After
the Second World War, a class was
eventually created to normalize all
the different types that had devel-
oped in Catalogna. There is nothing more
convenient than a simple boat that can go as
soon as the sail is set!
By moving from forward to aft, the crew
changes the centre of lateral plane and the
boat heads up or bears away. For tacking, the
crew positions at the foot of the mast and
rolls the boat on her forward sections.
Initially designed for the warm climes of the
Mediterranean Sea, the
Patin a Vela
ally achieved a worldwide appeal.
Patin a Vela
Introduced: 1943
Length of Hull: 5,60m
Load Waterline Length: 5.06m
Hull waterline beam: 0.25m
Beam: 1.60m
Draught: 0.32m
Air draught: 7m
Weight: 110kg
Mainsail area: 11.70sqm
Build: marine plywood or GRP
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