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High-end leisure just got upgraded

Light, agile, durable and fast. Completely redesigned from the ground up. The first leisure catamaran built to Olympic standards.

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THE MODERN UPGRADE OF A CLASSIC

The latest 500 model is completely redesigned from the ground up, while still keeping the spirit of the first legendary model alive. We’ve taken the 1998 original, almost 25 years old, and improved it where we could: on almost every level. Moreover, the new 500 MK 2 is constructed according to our own incredibly high Olympic standards – 45 years of innovation and professional top-quality construction makes this a truly new experience on the water.

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NEW DESIGN Designed for leisure. Performance built in. With its brand new low drag hull design and increased skeg surface, the Nacra 500 MK 2 offers exceptional stability and performance. Powered with newly designed sails, handmade by Olympic Class Supplier Performance Sails , we’ve optimized the power distribution and developed a brand new plug-and-play batten tension system. Large new ProGrip deck pads give extra sailing comfort and improved safety. And just like its Olympic brothers, the Nacra 500 MK 2 is fully equipped with  Harken ™ hardware.

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Large new ProGrip decks pads offer additional safety, and sailing comfort. The large pre-tensioned trampoline made of high-quality mesh offers even more support. A new two-person trapeze system with optimized rigging make sailing simple, safe and exciting.

NEW SAIL PLAN Olympic quality sailing is child’s play. The new sails for the Nacra 500 MK 2 are made by our longtime partner and Olympic supplier Performance Sails . Being the only multihull sailmaker in the world granted the right to make official Olympic sails by World Sailing, you know the quality is unmatched. Every sail, every detail. Performance Sails’ 30+ year expertise in the catamaran racing world makes sure your sails can handle anything. They’ve put some real innovation in the new sail plan. And have we mentioned we now offer fully printed Dacron® sails?

The brand new sail plan offers a new mainsail with optimised power distribution and a brand new in-house developed batten tension system, and the option for a furling jib or spinnaker. The new divisible bowsprit makes for easy transport and low set-up time.

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Completely redesigned following the latest innovations and using new technologies, the MK 2   is built to Olympic standards – with more performance upgrades available. It’s not a cruiser, it’s not a racer – the Nacra 500 MK 2   is a true next gen sailing experience. And with this, a new segment in small catamaran sailing is created: high-end leisure.

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High-end leisure just got upgraded.

Light, agile, durable and fast. Completely redesigned from the ground up. The first leisure catamaran built to Olympic standards.

catamaran nacra 500

THE MODERN UPGRADE OF A CLASSIC

The latest   500   model is completely redesigned from the ground up, while still keeping the spirit of the first legendary model alive. We’ve taken the 1998 original, almost 25 years old, and improved it where we could: on almost every level. Moreover, the new   500 MK 2   is constructed according to our own incredibly high Olympic standards – 45 years of innovation and professional top-quality construction makes this a truly new experience on the water.

NEW DESIGN Designed for leisure. Performance built in.  With its brand new low drag hull design and increased skeg surface, the   Nacra 500 MK 2   offers exceptional stability and performance. Powered with newly designed sails, handmade by Olympic Class Supplier   Performance Sails , we’ve optimized the power distribution and developed a brand new plug-and-play batten tension system. Large new ProGrip deck pads give extra sailing comfort and improved safety. And just like its Olympic brothers, the   Nacra 500 MK 2   is fully equipped with  Harken ™ hardware.

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Large new ProGrip decks pads  offer additional safety, and sailing comfort. The large pre-tensioned trampoline made of high-quality mesh offers even more support. A new two-person trapeze system with optimized rigging make sailing simple, safe and exciting.

NEW SAIL PLAN Olympic quality sailing is child’s play.   The new sails for the   Nacra 500 MK 2   are made by our longtime partner and Olympic supplier   Performance Sails . Being the only multihull sailmaker in the world granted the right to make official Olympic sails by World Sailing, you know the quality is unmatched. Every sail, every detail. Performance Sails’ 30+ year expertise in the catamaran racing world makes sure your sails can handle anything. They’ve put some real innovation in the new sail plan. And have we mentioned we now offer fully printed Dacron® sails? 

The brand new sail plan   offers a new mainsail with optimised power distribution and a brand new in-house developed batten tension system, and the option for a furling jib or spinnaker. The new divisible bowsprit makes for easy transport.

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Nacra 500 MK2 revealed!

With the new Nacra 500 MK2, Nacra wants to encourage, engage and empower all levels of sailors. This boat is an accessible stepping stone into the world of catamaran sailing. The Nacra 500 MK2 is infused with Nacra’s experience in the high-performance and Olympic Games catamaran scene and now makes this knowledge available for all.

The new Nacra 500 MK2 Nacra Sailing is proud to reveal the new Nacra 500 MK2! The first high-end leisure catamaran built to Olympic standards! With the Nacra 500 MK2 Nacra Sailing defines a new market segment. It is of the highest quality, it is agile and swift but also manageable and durable.  A sleek top-level design, made of the highest quality materials and powered by Olympic class supplier Performance Sails.

Made in Holland The Nacra 500 MK2 is the next step in the development of the Nacra brand and a result of its continuous innovation. Nacra, known from Olympic class Nacra 17 – the mixed-gender foiling multi-hull at the Olympic Games, and the Nacra 15 –  the current World’s Youth and Youth Olympic Class, the Nacra Carbon 16, the Nacra F18 Infusion and Evolution, and The Nacra Carbon F20 is now entering the high-end recreational market. 

High-end leisure “This is the catamaran you want to have. For leisure sailing, for family, for sailing schools, hotel chains, but also for occasional racing”, says CEO Peter Vink, “If the brand Nacra is good enough for the Olympics why wouldn’t you allow it for yourself?”

Two versions available The Nacra 500 comes in a professional and a sports edition. The professional edition is designed for businesses such as sailing schools, resorts and club boats. The Nacra 500 MKII sport edition is specially designed for the sailor with performance ambitions.

Nacra 500 MK2 fully equipped:   € 15.599,00 (including Tax).

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If we want to start somewhere today on a path to high-performance multihull sailing, there are plenty of age-old designs from which to choose, but why go old school when you can sail the new school with the Nacra 500 Mk2 , an entry into the 2023 edition of Sailing World ’s Boat of the Year Awards. That “Mk2” is important here as Nacra Sailing has taken one of its timeless recreational cats and modernized it into a weapon of a beach cat or what they’re calling a “freerider.”

The Nacra 500mk2 is completely redesigned “following the latest innovations and using new technologies, the Mk2 is built to Olympic standards,” says Nacra Sailing. With additional performance upgrades available, the base boat is not a cruiser or a racer they add, “It’s a true next-gen sailing experience. And with this, a new segment in small catamaran sailing is created: high-end leisure.”

At 16 feet and 319 pounds, the Nacra 500Mk2 has been redesigned from the skegs up (no daggerboards or foils here), improving the hull shape and skeg designs for better stability and performance, which amounts to a wave-piercing bow profile, deeper skegs and a better distribution of volume for pitch balance. Nacra Sailing says the sail plan has also been updated with a more efficient radial mainsail design (“semi deck-sweeper”) and batten-tension system, as well as having the option to add a furling jib or gennaker to take it to the next level.

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The hull is a vinylester composite and the kick-up carbon-reinforced rudder blades are glass as well. The rig is aluminum and the Professional model has double trapezes as standard. With the listed price at the time of entry of €13.364 (ex. VAT), the 500 Mk2 fits in nicely price-wise with similar-sized recreational racing craft. With its ability to accommodate a wide range of sailors and combined weights, it is positioned well to be both a family freerider and recreational one-design racer with international fleets that will no doubt soon follow.

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The brand new sail plan offers a new mainsail with optimised power distribution and a brand new in-house developed batten tension system.  The school version comes with the option of a furling jib for convenience.

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2.5 m (8'02" )

145 kg (320 lb)

14.2 m² (152.8 ft²)

3.8 m² (40.9 ft²)

16.5 m² (177.6 ft²)

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The Nacra 500 is available in 3 different versions to suit all sailors’ needs: Fun, School and Sport

NACRA 500 SPORT

The Nacra 500 Sport is the racing craft that many have been looking for years. The 500 Sport is differentiated from the 500 by a larger battened MNX jib where the tack fits right down to the spinnaker pole, giving more power lower down and so more drive and less heel. Sails are made by Performance Sails and built of MNX, fibre reinforced monofilm, a truly modern material.

NACRA 500  School

All school boats have to be designed to fulfil a certain sailing role. The Nacra 500 School does just that. She is a “proper catamaran” something not all school boats are !! She is modelled on the successful 500 but with Dacron boomless main and jib. The advantages of moving to Dacron, for the school boat is that the main can be reefed allowing her to be sailed in a wide range of conditions.

NACRA 500 FUN

The Nacra 500 is the ideal family craft for those who want simplicity and performance , the large buoyant hulls enables you to drive her across the waves in ease in most conditions. Large trampoline area means that you have real space and as it is tensioned it provides a real platform.

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The Nacra 500 is bigger compared to the Nacra 460. Where the 460 is a great family boat, the Nacra 500 easily fits two adults that like to sail a catamaran at an affordable price. Perfect for local club racing, or just to go out and have fun with family and friends.

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The Nacra 500 features clean hull lines, beams recessed into the hulls which make the boat stiffer and the level of buoyancy makes sure you’re on top of the water. The trampoline is made of mesh polypropylene making sure the water quickly drains and you don’t get too wet. Like all Nacra leisure boats, the mainsail is made from MNX material, fibre reinforced monofilm and the jib is Dacron, all made by Performance Sails giving them a long life of strength and performance.

NACRA 500 Fun

The Nacra 500 Fun is perfect for recreational sailing but can also be used for local club racing. At the Nacra family we also call this boat the ‘pocket rocket’. It’s a simple but really quick catamaran and easy to maneuver in different kind of waves with the large buoyant hulls. Launching from the beach is easy with the kick-up rudders and the skeg hulls. All working gear is from Harken, just like the other Nacra leisure boats.

NACRA 500 Sport

Next to all the features of the Nacra 500 Fun, the Sport edition has a larger battened MNX jib which reaches down to the spinnaker pole. Giving the boat more power lower down, more drive and less heel. The Nacra 500 Sport also comes without dagger boards and a simpler hull construction which saves weight and gains more speed. The 17 square nylon spinnaker packs in a cloth chute with glass fibre entry, making it easy to launch and recover. All in all, the Naca 500 Sport is in perfect balance and enables you to drive fast upwind and downwind.

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    The new Nacra 500 MK 2 is an accessible stepping stone into the world of catamaran sailing. The Nacra 500 MK 2 is infused with Nacra's experience in the high-performance and Olympic Games catamaran scene and now makes this knowledge available for all. Usage Recreation Learning

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    A redesigned 500 MK2 was introduced in 2022 including: -New, larger sail plan: 18 m² / 193.75 ft². -LOA: 5.03m / 16.5ft. -Displacement: 145kg / 320lbs.

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  11. New Nacra 500 MK2 unveiled

    So here it is: Nacra Sailing is proud to announce the new Nacra 500 MK2. The first high-end leisure catamaran built to Olympic standards. It is fast, through a sleek top-level design. It is light, made of the highest quality materials and powered by an Olympic class supplier Performance Sails. Fleet owners "This is the catamaran you want to have.

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    The Portsmouth and Texel ratings for the Nacra 500 are about the same as for the Hobie 16, but I think the Nacra 500 should be slightly faster since it has more efficient sails and lower resistance hulls. The Dart 18 is a couple ticks slower but still in the same ball park. The Hobie 18 is a couple ticks faster.