The First Glide is one of those legendary and unforgettable movies up there with Sep Into Liquid, Riding Giants, The Endless Summer, Steep and Deep and The Lords of Dogtown.
There is something that draws people to motion, to harnessing the elements, to "gliding". Whether you ride wind, water, wheels, blades or waves the feeling is the same. Some call it the stoke but all who do it regard it as true bliss. All the sports that involve "gliding" share the same sense of euphoria and wonderment. You can sense that dolphins and birds feel the same thing as they glide on air and through water.
For humans, gliding gets us out of our restriction to manual movement such as walking and running and lets us feel connected with the universe around us. We have been creating machines, devices and vessels for centuries to try and harness the elements and glide in one way or another. The First Glide is a documentary about this evolution that has resulted in the sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
You'd definitely must watch this movie and you will quickly resonate with the people who, like you, feel drawn to the water and the need to "glide".
That was my reaction when I first saw the X-Cat, winner of SAIL Magazine's Best Boat of 2017. You can sail it, row it, attach a motor to it, you can even use it for Stand Up Paddling! This is the most diverse multi-functional boat I have ever seen, but as if that was not enough, wait until you see the rowing mechanism innovation.
Traditional rowing requires you to face backwards, not very safe or user friendly, but effective nonetheless. High performance rowing, (or sculling), added a sliding seat and became a world class sport as well as an amazing fitness activity. Dedicated high performance long narrow row boats, called sculls, are extremely expensive, difficult to store and transport and can only be used in calm waters.
The X-Cat has an option called RowMotion that emulates the motion and efficiency of a high performance scull. RowMotion uses a sliding seat which faces in the traditional backwards orientation allowing for a highly efficient stroke. However since the boat is a catamaran and sits higher on the water you can use this boat in choppier or rougher waters than you could a classic scull.
But that's not the most amazing innovation.
X-Cat has developed a forward facing rowing system that has to be seen to be believed. It uses a sliding seat and gear mechanism that allows for the same efficient range of motion including rotation, or feathering, of the oars. This systems is called RowVista and to my knowledge its the only one in the world that does that. Facing forwards is safer and more user friendly and combined with the ability to use the X-Cat in choppier waters makes this the most advanced rower on the planet! Rowers can now train in a variety of conditions and waters. And since the boat is portable you can take anywhere, but more on that in a moment.
The X-Cat is so stable you can actually Stand Up Paddle on it! And the boat is built tough and capable of beaching on sand or grass. Designed and built in Austria using the finest components and materials from Carbon Fibre to "MacBook" grade Aluminum this is clearly a high calibre work of engineering art.
Motorboat, Stand Up Paddle Boat, Rear Facing Rowing and Front Facing Rowing are all great, but what about the sailing characteristics? In terms of a sailboat the X-Cat weighs less than a Laser and has a shorter mast yet larger sail area using a modern fully battened sail design making this one very nimble, very fast and very fun sailboat that's easy to right, much safer and easier to use than larger catamarans.
This is hands down the most diverse and innovative multi-function catamaran sailboat in the world and a worthy winner of the 2017 Best Sailboat Award!
Adventure is wherever your heart takes you and at Mystic Point Water Sports we love innovation, but we really appreciate portability so we can follow our heart's adventure wherever that may lead. Did we mention the X-Cat is also highly portable? The whole thing disassembles in minutes and the hulls can easily be transported on the roof of your car. Now you can store the boat in a garage without he need for a trailer. And when you do arrive at your destination it only takes about 30 minutes to setup.
Soon we will be updating our website and online store with the complete range of X-Cat products and accessories but for now you can shop for the boat HERE. And you can download the complete catalog HERE. If there is something you see in the catalog that is not up on the store yet just Contact Us and we will be happy to help.
MysticPointWaterSports.com is thrilled to partner with this exciting and innovative company from Europe and to be chosen as the exclusive Canadian importer and distributor and we can't wait to get the X-Cat on the water and in to our customer's happy hands!
Until then follow your heart's adventure, don't drink and sail and wear a life jacket... Aloha.