The Wall Street Journal just had a nice write up about the XCat on June 29th and since then our phone's been ringing and our emails been beeping. Word is spreading and it's spreading fast. For many years sailboats and sailing have suffered a slow and steady decline much like skiing and windsurfing did a while back. Sailing and sailboats fell into a few categories.
First you had your racers. This group was mired in a One Design quagmire. They tended to sail old boats because that's what they had been racing for years. They forgot the pleasure of sailing for fun and trying something new.
Then you had your extreme Catamaran guys. Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. They wanted big cats with giant sales. But the problem was you had to be very advanced to sail one. And they were big and heavy making righting difficult if not impossible in some situations without the help of a motorboat. And even then all you really had was a Cat. Sure it was fin when the wind was blowing but people couldn't always get out when there was no wind. And without wind the whole experience became tiresome and the glow faded there as well.
Finally you had the 3rd category. The carbon fibre foiling Ferrari's of the sea. Great boats if you could get your hands-on one. They were super expensive and rare and again the sheen wore off.
The problem was all of the sailboats were just sailboats. They were great and fun but only for one thing, sailing. And you often were stuck leaving them at the cottage or at the club. Many times where you couldn't get to them.
Enter X-Cat. Now comes a new breed of portable multi-function sailboat that does more than just sailing. Paddle, Motor, SUP, Sail, Row backwards, Row Forwards! No wind, no problem, the X-Cat let's you still have fun on the water without the dreaded doldrums of limping back to shore when the wind died down. Exciting too, the XCat is a very fun, nimble and engaging sailboat. Diverse too, The XCat is well suited to beginners, intermediate and advanced sailors alike. Its incredible how engaging it is to manually control jib, main and tiller at once and when it gets too much fur and unfurl the jib at will. And light. Now if you tip your XCat you don't have to worry about getting it back up before it smashes into the rocks. Light also meant you didn't hold on for dear life if the wind picked up or turned gusty. you also felt it was safe to let your kids and family take it out. Light also meant you could push it, fly a hull and do all the things you love about sailing in less than perfect conditions.
And because it went with you, you didn't miss all those great days you wish you had your boat with. Never before has it been so easy to take your boat with you to the beach or the lake. No trailer required, no hassles with hitches and boat ramps, no slip fees, this was something you wouldn't b limited with. And setup is a breeze. The XCat is so thoughtfully designed it sets up in a breeze with elegant simplicity and features.
And innovative! Check out RowVista. The world's only advanced forward facing rowing system that allows for blade feathering ... the same motion used in those beautiful sculls. But much safer not only because you are facing forward but because you are on a more stable Catamaran platform instead of the aforementioned beautiful yet long and shallow sculls that really only perform in relatively calm water.
We/I could go on and on expounding the virtues of the XCat but it seems I don't have to as more and more people around the world take notice. Enjoy the article and order yours today... because we want to make sure you get yours soon so you can take full advantage of this amazing vessel. Because before you know it the snow will be falling and you will be watching YouTube videos dreaming of your next XCat adventure. DOn't believe me? I literally was at Costco yesterday and saw kids snow suits!
But enough writing, time to hit the water.
Aloha friends, may your summer be filled with element h2o.
See the rest of the article after the break. Whatever you do this summer, whether its SUP, paddle, Row, Sail, Surf or kite, even if its just laying on the beach, play safe, wear sunscreen and lifejackets, and have fun!