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SpeedDream nears launch

Sep 27, 2012
Just out of the shed in Thomaston, Maine, SpeedDream may prove to be the fastest monohull to ever have been built.

Just out of the shed in Thomaston, Maine, SpeedDream may prove to be the fastest monohull to ever have been built.

Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding

What may very well prove to be the world’s fastest monohull sailboat will soon be put to the test. SpeedDream, a 27-foot carbon fiber monohull, incorporates some unusual reinterpretations of basic boat design theory. The futuristic craft is expected to launch in early September.

The design for the uber-fast monohull is a collaboration between Russian naval architect Vlad Murnikov and veteran circumnavigator Brian Hancock. Replete with a flying keel, stepped hull chines, wave piercing bow, and a sculpted hull, SpeedDream may rock the sailing world.

Murnikov and Hancock hope to start a new form of one-design racing. The course will be set similarly to a slalom ski course. With starting times staggered, the boats will run the course in tandem, thus mitigating the chance of wind shifts and eddies affecting a competitor’s performance. There will be many short, intense races over the course of the day’s event; perhaps making sailboat racing more spectator friendly.

SpeedDream is built by custom boatbuilder Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding of South Thomaston, Maine. For more information visit www.lymanmorse.com.

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