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HAPPY CAT HURRICANE gets awarded! SAIL Magazine Best Daysailer 2021
- 12. Januar 2021
- Firma Grabner
We are proud to announce that the HAPPY CAT HURRICANE has received the prestigious American SAIL Magazine "Best Boat of the Year 2021" award. The HURRICANE fulfills everything a fast daysailor needs. Here is the original statement of the jury:
This new 16-footer is, by any measure, an exceptional vessel, with far more “rigid” boat features than you would ever otherwise expect aboard a boat of this type. She’ll even fly a hull.
Austrian manufacturer, Grabner, has equipped its flagship with a pair of large hulls for greater buoyancy and less resistance, in the process creating a vessel capable of sailing upwind at true wind speed. In more boisterous conditions, the boat has been clocked at an impressive 15-16 knots under jib and mainsail.
Aesthetically, the Happy Cat’s wave-piercing bows and carbon mast create the look of a cat on the prowl. The boat is also eminently practical, with its a pair of rubberized hulls and rigid aluminum frame connected by a sturdy set of sleeve inserts to port and starboard. A deep centerboard keeps the boat tracking and can be easily adjusted for any point of sail. The rudder can also be quickly kicked up for beach landings, and there’s a tramp both forward and aft.
The boat’s high-aspect, square-top mainsail is fully battened and together with the furling jib provides 118ft2 of sail. Clear sail windows help you keep a good lookout to leeward, while well-placed hiking straps allow you to get your weight outboard when the wind kicks up. There are enough fine-tuning adjustments aboard the Hurricane that it feels like a raceboat as much as a daysailer. A pair of lower-horsepower variants—the Happy Cat Neo and Evolution—are also available.
Make no mistake, the Happy Cat Hurricane is anything but a mere beach toy. It is, in fact, a true speed demon, great for teaching, racing or just getting away for a day of spicy sailing.
Distributed in North America by Red Beard Sailing: www.redbeardsailing.com
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