THE NEW CAL 45: This is nothing that Bill Lapworth would have designed

Published on April 10th, 2013

Morrelli & Melvin, have announced that they will collaborate with McConaghy Boats to produce an exciting new 45ft racing catamaran with hydrofoils… the CALIFORNIA 45

After helping write the AC72 class Rule, M&M is working with the best designers and sailors in the world as part of the Emirates Team New Zealand challenge. Drawing on their experience with foiling Americas Cup 72 ft catamarans, Morrelli and Melvin have conceived the California 45 with the objective of making the exhilaration of Americas cup sailing available to the club sailor.

The California 45 will foil in relative comfort, with high coamings, and solid aft deck, the effect of high powered water spray on the skipper and crew will be minimised. Electric winches and an ergonomic deck layout will make high speed, high adrenalin sailing a breeze. Transportable by containers will make it possible to ship to favourite regattas easily.

McConaghy have been selected to collaborate with M&M due to their extensive experience with high end composite construction and their ability to offer the most cost effective high performance solutions as demonstrated by the hugely successful hydro foiling MACH 2 moth.

Gino Morrelli of M&M and Ellen Pragnell-Raasch of McConaghy will be attending the Strictly Sail Pacific show in Oakland California this weekend where they will be available to discuss the California 45…..


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