A top view of the SpeedFoiler catamaran.
A top view of the SpeedFoiler catamaran.

German-Danish company Gaebler and specialty chemicals company Evonik have joined forces to develop the SpeedFoiler, an ultra-lightweight, foiling catamaran made using carbon fiber and composite technology. 

The SpeedFoiler has the dimensions of a C-class multihull, with a length of 7.62 m and width of 4.26 m. The mast height is 12 m. Due to the extremely lightweight materials and the design, it will be possible to start races from 1 knot on with an upper wind limit will be around 30 knots.

Evonik supplied a range of its composite and raw materials including Vestamin curing agents for epoxy resins systems, Vestanat liphatic and cycloaliphatic diisocyanate monomers, Rohacell foam cores for composite sandwich structures and Nanopox surface modified silica nanoparticles.

This story is reprinted from material from Evonik, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.