The White Formula Whisper is the new foiling catamaran that brings foiling technology to the mainstream.
Designer Ron Price had the idea to bring an affordable flying catamaran to the world sailing scene. After watching the incredible 2014 Americas Cup upset, Ron decided if he couldn’t get a ride on one he would build his own!
Ron designed the Whisper completely on computer and modeled it using very sophisticated marine development software. Six months later he was well on his way to launching his prototype. On day one of testing the Whisper prototype foiled flawlessly for over 4 minutes without dropping off the foils.
The production moulds were completed on a 3D 6 axis CNC milling machine, and the first boats have been built and are on the publicity circuit visiting many of the worlds boat shows. The new wing style mainsail shows all the flare of a wing sail with the easy storage of a regular sail. An active foiling system constantly self adjusts to maintain steady and stable flying.
The boat is made using a cutting edge epoxy / carbon fibre infusion method, fully built in the UK and fitted out in the White Formula production facility in Essex. The Whisper comes in at a platform weight of only 78Kg. The advancements in 3D printing and laser sintering has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years, the recent application of printing Carbon Fibre has lowered the cost of manufacturing intricate moving parts. All of the internal parts of the boat are computer cut using an in-house 3 axis CNC machine. This means we can incorporate weight saving areas into the structure of the hull, lowering the overall weight.
The Whisper is a one design class, but when it comes to the styling, the sky is the limit. Our customers have had some pretty wacky ideas, so we are looking forward to a pretty interesting start line, coupled with the ability to foil in just 5 knots of wind we could see some “pretty fly styles”.
The Tech Specs
Length – 5.4m
Width – 2.3m
Weight – 78Kg (excl foils)
Sails – Main, Jib and Spinnaker
|Whisper – Complete Boat||$40,599|
|Foil Cover Set||$575|
*American prices are in American dollars and Canadian prices are in Canadian dollars! Boats are F.O.B. Sherbrooke, Quebec. Please contact us to order your boat!