Viola 14 is intended to be a very easy and light boat to transport and get onto
the water. It is meant to appeal to racing dinghy sailors and others who will
be able to push this light boat hard.
not a normal sailing canoe shape. It is shaped much more like a sailing dinghy,
so has much more stability than a symmetrical paddling type canoe and true
also been kept light for transport (rooftop) and performance. There are not
many 14ft sailing dinghies this light. Perfect to drop into the water
are very detailed (85 pages), in metric, but with both imperial and metric
lightness assumes it will be a premium build of good materials and protected
with 3 coats of epoxy. Polyester and non epoxy glues are not recommended in
this light and highly loaded structure. You can try, but I really don't
spars are two piece standard aluminium sections to keep cost down and to reduce
are three rigs using our sails from
- 4.7sq metre (50sq ft)
laminate sail with one reef to suit most sailors. Can only be reefed on
- 6.0sq metre (64sq ft) for
very experienced small boat sailors. Single reef as above.
- 6.3sq metre (67sq ft) balance
lug (our specialty) with three reefs. Ideal for RAID and distance events.
Can be reefed on the water and mast unstepped for low bridges. The
yard and boom can be made from a specific carbon windsurfer mast. A wooden
spar option is available.
Joost Engelen, the prototype builder has participated in
RAIDs demonstrating excellent speed from light to strong winds relative to much
larger boats and surprisingly for an open boat has been able to continue
sailing when other boats have been forced to shore. Of course you need
considerable experience to pull this off.
The boat is named after Joost's wife Viola Spek, who
was a dinghy sailor when young but has had about 20 years away from
sailing. After her first sail she said "what a fun and easy to sail
boat. She also capsized, righted and re-entered the boat.
If Viola (the boat) capsizes it
comes up with very little water aboard.
Here are some more photos of Viola Spek and Joost Engelen sailing their Viola 14
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