What happened to Out 95, the boat that looked like a plane?

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out-95What happened toOUT95? Who among you remembers the launch back in 2005 of this “bolide” halfway between a plane and a boat? Designed by Englishmen Alex Ashworth Briggs and Neal Pawson, it experienced some notoriety in the foreign trade press: it was a 32-footer with a carbon hull designed to cope with different types of sailing. It had ballasts for small crew sailing, five trapezes for a full racing crew, and a special configuration suitable for IRC.

out-95THIN HULL AND WIDE “WINGS”
The thin hull, similar to that of a multihull to decrease friction as much as possible, was combined with two solid “wings” that allowed a high righting moment. The wide platform provided space for the rotating mast and four crew seats. A lead bulb with carbon fin increased the stability of the hull. Why do we talk about it in the past tense? Because, after 2006, this boat was never heard of again (even on the official website out95.com). Could it have been the less-than-appealing aesthetics? Or perhaps performance in the water turned out to be less brilliant than promised? If any of you have any news about this incredible boat, please let us know….


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