The BoatsThe AC72 Catamaran The AC45 Catamaran The ADM Design Synopsis
America’s Cup Racing
The “tune-up” boat for the 34th America’s Cup is the AC45 hard-wing Catamaran. The AC72 is slated to be raced in the actual America’s Cup and Challenger (Defender) series.
A catamaran is a type of "Multihull" multihulled boat or ship consisting of two "Hull (watercraft)" hulls joined by some structure, the most basic being a frame, formed of "Aka (sailing)" akas. Multihulls were invented and sailed by the early Polynesians. Catamarans can be sail- or engine-powered. Catamarans are a relatively recent introduction to the design of boats for both leisure and sport sailing. The catamaran has arguably become the best design for fast ferries, because their speed, stability and large capacity are valuable.
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Bruce Marek, Marek Yacht Design
Yacht designer Bruce Marek of Wilmington, N.C. is Chief Designer for our ACC. He brings 17 years of engineering and design experience in the yacht design and civil engineering fields. Most of their designs are for custom built yachts including world class racers.