REVIEWS Neel 45
Shipyard NEEL TRIMARANS
Neel 45 trimaran : The revolution on three hulls
Neel 45 trimaran : An innovative sail plan
The sail plan deserves closer attention... The foretriangle is organised around a sail which can be described as a hybrid, on a roller, flown from the bow; a sail which is between a genoa and a gennaker (already the word 'gennaker is a cross between genoa and spinnaker, so what should we call it? A Geeker?), even though it is finally closer to the genoa, through its cloth, it shape and its cut. Just aft of it, there is the self-tacking staysail on a roller, attached to the mast at the same level as the lower shrouds, which guarantees proper support. This splitting of the sail area also allows the mast to be positioned further aft.
The mainsail is square headed and has two reefs. Although the first one is situated at around the lower quarter of the sail, the second is almost in the middle, so your reefing habits will have to be revised: on a 'classic' fractional catamaran rig, you start by taking in one reef, then one or two turns in the genoa, before taking in the second reef, etc. Here on the Neel 45 trimaran, when the wind freshens, the genoa is rolled up, leaving just the staysail. There is therefore a lot of latitude before you have to take in a first reef, then a second. This innovative division of the sail plan allows you to sail always with a nice foresail...
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Specification sheet Neel 45
Shipyard : NEEL TRIMARANS / Length : 13.8mSee technical specifications for this catamaran / trimaran