The RAW rig is another Carbon masterpiece. This includes mast and boom. The mast is two piece so packs away nicely when shipping the RAW around.
The entire package has been thought out to be a very mobile high-performance craft. The platform folds up from a 6.8 to a 2.5m beam. It will fit on a legal road trailer and at 1345kgs all up, can be towed by an average car.
What the specification sheet won't show you is, how much volume the AIRPLAY design really has. We've had owners who have upgraded and commented that "going up five feet in length didn't sound like a lot but now that I stand on it, it's massive! This is a very large boat!"
It's a compliment really.
The right amount of volume in the main hull translates to a cavernous interior space and volume in the amas means a huge sail carrying ability. RAW's interior is purposefully kept to a Zen minimum whilst the Sport Models use the cavern like space for more living comforts.
What is hard to get across is just how 'deep' the mainhull is.
This is in line with modern convention on all the performance trimarans. A 'deep' hull allows for more headroom but in reality, it lifts the beam attachment points higher from the water level. This reduces wave strike to a minimum. Couple this with extra buoyant floats and you end up with a drier, faster package. Access to RAW's cabin space is down a near vertical step ladder. The headroom is impressive for a 30' tri.
Because the beams sit so high on the monocoque, the arm ends are turned downwards to connect to the floats. The turned down arm ends allow for a vertical dispersement of sailing loads. The arm to float join is a socket system and huge bulkhead arrangement.
The Carbon wing section is easy to set up and the video will show you just how easy it is! Get the prebend to about 75mm and all the Airplay Sails will work as if by magic!
Controlling the rig.
With a single diamond wire set up, it's a rather simple rig to get right for racing. Use the side stays to keep the mast in the boat. THe side stays needed to be loaded for forestay tension. Load these up using the winch. The Cap Shrouds control the mast head. Ensure these are not loaded when sailing up wind and only experience load once you have the kite tugging at the mast head.
The forestay is a fixed length and so getting the righ amount of mastr rake has already been set for you.
Whilst one guy can fold and unfold the RAW it is best accomplished with two adults. There are two main bolts in each beam end. These secure into their respective sockets. Stabilise the rig using the halyards until you have the boat unfolded. Secure the beam bolts, tighten the rigging and you're good to go.
a RAW pursuit of performace
This is bit of a scratchy video that was made as Number One was reassembled in Singapore for action. We'll shoot another studio version soon but at least you'll get the idea from here.
High-tech mast base is a work of art!
The high-set beam ofered the opportunity to raise the cabin level without making the profile look clumsey. Vee-berth, twin quater bertths, cooker, sink and dinnette round out the interior. The 'cat-walk' is a by product of the narrow cabin top and allows effortless access from aft to the bow. Full headroom in the blister and a cavernous storage area under the cockpit. This photo will give you an idea of just how 'deep' RAW is!
Carbon DIAMOND wires! Be careful with these babies when you assemble the mast. Don't bend them and especially these ends, they can take tonnes of tension but they will not enjoy you stepping on them with your boots!
DYNEX loops and DOGBONE system is an easy way to disperse maximum loads. These are pre-installed in the factory. The messenger line is their to help keep the dogbone accessible, do not cut it off! Should anything silly happen during assembly, you can always retrieve dogbone, loops etc from the halfway join... If need be!