REVIEWS MATTIA F18
Comeback, the Mattia F18 catamaran
When Enrico Contréas launched the Mattia 18 catamaran in 1990, he turned the established hierarchy of the world of 18' Catamarans on its head. The new catamaran finally finished off the Hobie 18 Formula, and heralded a great deal of activity amongst the big names in sporting multihulls. Many innovations started to appear: larger keels, new lines and increased length, Mylar sails replacing those made from Dacron, carbon-fibre reinforcement, improved quality and better dimensioned deck gear and rethinking of mast profiles etc.
In brief, the yard had unknowingly started a technological revolution, a seismic shock that at a single stroke meant that everything was up for reconsideration.
From then on, no-one wanted to be left behind, and the smallest visible or useful innovation was immediately copied by the competition, a situation which was of obvious benefit to F18 aficionados, who today find themselves faced with another problem: that of being spoiled for choice.
And yes, sales of our little sportsters are closely linked to the year's racing results, because everyone wants to be Darren Bundock, Gavin Colby or the Boulogne brothers, at the helm of a fast and responsive 18-footer; we all want to be winners !
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