Discovery test

Tricat 25 Evolution It sails fast and it’s easy!

Published on 01 april 2015 at 0h00

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The Tricat 25, launched in 2005, was supposed to be a bit more sober, more of a cruiser than its boisterous little sister, the 22. With the new version, called Evolution, Tricat has set the bar a little higher. Antoine Houdet, the company's boss, has put an awful lot into it, as this time it's he who has designed the floats - validated by the in-house architect, Jack Michal. And not the other way round. Antoine has lost count of the number of miles he has sailed in his Tricat 25, and it was he who designed the 22, so he knows what he is talking about...
Yes, but what’s new? We find more volume in the floats, whose bows are now bevelled and inverted, crossbeams in composite, replacing the aluminum tubes – here advantage is taken of the expertise gained with the 30 – and a little more windward sail area. The mainsail’s square head is increased by 0.5m² and the genoa gains three times more. The spinnaker is also bigger. Enough modifications to put the Tricat 25 Evolution back in the game, by boosting its performance faced with the competition.
This restyling exercise will inevitably give it a second career from a commercial point of view: the builder has actually succeeded in maintaining the former price. To date, 28 examples of the 1st generation 25 have been sold, and the good news for their owners is that the sails, floats and crossbeams from the Evolution can be fitted to this first version of the new 25.
This model’s strong point is certainly its versatility. ...

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