Drifts, 8 models to choose from for summer 2022


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Tiwal 3R - Inflatable Drift
Tiwal 3R – One of the best inflatable drifts

Dinghies are almost always the way younger people approach sailing sports. For this reason, too, they are a very lively segment, following the latest trends and very often launching new models with even daring designs. There are essentially three categories in today’s dinghy scene: traditional (monohulls and catamarans), flying (with foils) and inflatable.

In addition to the Olympic Classes, such as the Nacra 17 that gave us a gold thanks to Tita and Banti at last year’s games, there is a boundless panorama. Very much in vogue nationally, and worldwide, for example, is the Waszp, a one-design foiling dinghy that seems a strong candidate to become an Olympic class from 2028. There are also dinghies designed for pure fun, for those who want to have a boat to take in the car while on vacation and do some sport. These small boats are getting lighter and lighter and going faster and faster. Therefore, in addition to kids, they also attract adults, both beginners and experts, who want to have fun in the sea.

Drifts – 8 models to choose from for summer

Drifts for the summer – RS Toura – Traditional

RS Toura
RS Toura – Drifts for the summer

A very stable dinghy designed for sailing schools, but also for families who want to have fun in safety. Up to 7 people can climb aboard, and in addition to the terzarolable mainsail and gennaker there is the possibility (and space) to install an outboard motor.

Technical data: length. 4.70 mt, width. 1.95 mt, weight 175 kg – Price: from 10,100 euros

Drifts for the summer – Waszp – Volante

Waszp – Drifts

This one-design drift created in 2010 by Andrew McDougall is becoming a mainstream phenomenon. Young people like it because it is fun and fast, but it is also successful because it is affordable and easy to transport. In short, it has all the makings of trying to become an Olympic class by 2028.

Technical data: length. 3.35 mt, width. 2.25 mt, weight 48 kg – Price: $10,900

Dinghies for the summer – Nacra 500 MK2 – Catamaran

Nacra 500 MK2
Nacra 500 MK2 – Derive

The evolution of a catamaran that has set the standard worldwide. The original model has been redesigned, both in terms of the hull, reducing drag, and the sails. The new recreational cat is equipped with Harken accessories and even safer ProGrip pads.

Technical data: length. 5.03 mt, width. 2.50 mt, weight 145 kg – Price: from 13,218 euros

Drifts for Summer – Tiwal 3R – Inflatable

Tiwal 3R
Tiwal – Drifts

A drift to take on vacation, with which they reach 14 knots of speed. It assembles in 25 minutes and stores in two bags. The V-shaped hull has a double watertight wall and inflates around the aluminum exoskeleton, while the mast is made of carbon. The laminate sail is produced by North Sails and is available in two versions: 6.2 or 7.2 m².

Technical data: length. 3.20 mt, width. 1.62 mt, weight 55 kg – Price: from 8,800 euros

Drifts for the summer – Maverick – Traditional

Maverick – Drifts

Four boats in one. This is the Italian project of Daniele Vitali (creator of the O’pen BIC) that allows you to have with one polyethylene board a drift, a windsurf, a SUP and a SUS (Stand Up Sailing). Maverick is the only way to approach four disciplines with one board.

Technical data: length. 3.34 mt, width. 1.31 mt, weight 43 kg – Price: from 4,827 euros

Drifts for the summer – FD Switch – Steering Wheel

FD Switch
FD Switch – Drifts

Creating a super-light drift capable of flying even in as little as 5 knots of wind. From this initial assumption of the Ferrighi brothers, the FD Switch was born. An all-Italian carbon one-design foiler, where there is the hand of excellent names such as Luca Devoti, Fabrizio Marabini and Gianni Cariboni.

Technical data: length. 3.90 mt, weight 30 kg – Price: from 19,000 euros

Drifts for Summer – Tribord 5S – Inflatable

Tribord 5S
Tribord 5S – Drifts

Thanks to the two hand pumps, this small drift inflates and takes shape in less than a quarter of an hour. Simple to assemble, very stable and easy to lead. It is great for getting children started and learning, but it also entertains adults. The maximum load it can carry is 160 kg.

Technical data: length. 3.08 mt, width. 1.40 mt, weight 46 kg – Price: from 2,499.99 euros

Dinghies for the summer – RS Cat 16 – Catamaran

RS Cat 16
RS Cat 16 – Drifts

It is a very solid catamaran, safe and easy to handle for beginners, fun and high performance for the more experienced. It comes in two versions, the S and the XL, which in addition to the basic equipment also has a gennaker. For sailing schools it is great, but also for those looking for a first approach to catamaran sailing to have some fun.

Technical data: length. 4.70 mt, width. 2.35 mt, weight 94 kg – Price: from 10,500 euros



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