The Nacra 500 was the first of Nacra’s low-aspect ratio keels that offered better performance over other daggerboard-less designs. Nacra’s low-aspect skeg offers good windward ability and good manoeuverability due to the ‘cut-away’ section with round transom. Some ten years ago we choose the original Nacra 5.0 as our platform to complete our Epic Sail - from Singapore to Phuket, Thailand and back. The trip covered some 1100 nautical miles and was completed totally unassisted! So we know this little Nacra is really robust
But since Nacra Europe have taken over, the Nacra 5.0 has been completely modernised. This includes the new stiffer main beam sections, a modern square head sail plan, a much better rudder system. On the cosmetic side, new deck profiles have recessed the beams into the hulls offering improved stiffness as well as much better aesthetics.
The new Nacra 500 still has the same sea-kindly manners that allowed us to complete the Epic “Beyond All Limits” and conquer the King’s Cup in between the two journeys! Part of the success of the Nacra design is the tear dropped shape of the hulls in cross section. This offers greater resistance to diving than ‘traditional’ designs for a very forgiving, smooth ride through waves. The other part of the success is due to efficient sail plans and in particular the new profiles and materials.
The Nacra 500 is the fuss-free high performance, double trapeze platform that has started the sailing careers of some of our better sailors. The new 500’s are going to be a really welcomed addition to the fleet with their increased performance and new colours!
She’s available in School, Sloop and Sport models.
They’re all the same in terms of platform and mast size the differences lie in the sail plan with the School model having a smaller overall area plus reefing points on the mainsail. The Sloop model has a Dacron jib attached to the bridle apex while the Sport model has a longer jib that tacks onto the Spinnaker pole for a lot of added performance.
By the yellow one, it looks great and is therefore faster! If only it was that easy! Nacras have high buoyancy bows so on light air days, make sure you transfer your weight forward to keep her on her waterline. A lot of recreational sailors like to sit on the back beam and never move from there! Upwind she like the nose in the water with only about the bow showing. Don’t worry the bows are designed to cut through the water and not trip over it! In this attitude the bow will act like a daggerboard increasing the hulls ‘grip’ on the water for better upwind performance.
The Nacra 500 is a pretty simple boat. Get the mast rake right and then balance the blades to suit so that you get a balanced feel on the helm. Once the Monsoon hits we normally drop the rake back a lot more to de-power the rig while increasing upwind performance and reducing bow stuffing.
Interested in a used 5.0? Email us as we have a few in the Brokerage pages and on hand. Prices range from Singapore $ 4,000 upwards for used models.
Mainsail area 16.55m2
Jib area 4.90m2
Polyester foam sandwich
Nacra design team
570's are hard to get hold of in Southeast Asia primarily due to the fact that everyone originally wanted 16 foot platforms and with smaller frame sizes in Asia, the 570 was perceived as 'to big'.
The 570 is a highly recommended platform for those who want to load a boat up and go blasting. It is really surprising how quick this boat can go - it will even keep up with race boats in a straight line. Upwind well, any boardless boat is going to suffer when compared to race platforms with high-lift daggerboards.