Highland Fling XI represents the epitome of style, performance and engineering excellence. With a mixture of blue-clear over black carbon weave, the hull shines from shades of sapphire to ebony. The elegantly understated coach house, gleams in shimmering silver and contrasts with the natural honey tones of her expansive teak laid deck. The carbon winches, hidden tracks and concealed deck lines leave no distractions to the eyes. The Southern Spars Carbon mast reaches skyward at 131’ high, supported on the sparest of Carbon standing rigging and her deep section carbon boom accommodates a loose footed High aspect ratio mainsail.
When first conceived and built Highland Fling XI was billed as a ‘Wally’ but still retains the lightness of touch of the Reichel/Pugh Design Studio. With oversight on the part of Wally in order to insure Wally's standards and specifications, Highland Fling XI garnered the "Wally Class" rating and allowed competition with like-categorized yachts. Now performing as a Maxi but still of the Wally heritage this is truly an impressive vessel for the regatta circuit.
Construction. Highland Fling XI hull and deck are built from pre-impregnated carbon fibre over Nomex coring. The carbon construction provides a stiff but light structure with a low center of gravity. This lightweight structure gives the boat a displacement of only 25000 kgs. The keel is comprised of two parts; a hollow steel foil which is externally attached to the notably flat hull and a torpedo shaped bulb. The keel extends to a depth of 5.1m to counter the 39.93m tall mast. The yacht's twin rudders are made out of carbon fibre and were built in pre-preg carbon, autoclave cured for maximum compaction and strength. The rudder quadrants combine light weight with superior strength and reliability.
Sails and handling. All winches are hydraulic. The deck is clean and uncluttered, with a small anchor locker and a large, custom foredeck hatch Lewmar port lights offer additional lighting below. The cockpit features an open transom with two wheels. The steering pedestals and wheels are all composite, manufactured by McConaghy of Australia and China. The sails were designed and built by North Sails in their Nevada 3DL facility. The Code 0, made of polyester, powers the boat on reaching legs. Highland Fling XI only carries reaching and downwind spinnakers. A carbon fibre bow sprit adds to the sailing performance and a super sleek look.
Machinery. Mechanical propulsion is supplied by a 165-hp VW turbo diesel engine. Large for the weight of the boat, the engine can provide power for propulsion as well as supply the hydraulic system. Many events allow for engines to be running while racing, to provide power for the hydraulics. An inverter will charge the yacht's lithium-ion batteries. This battery bank, of approximately 580 amps, represents a weight savings of 74 percent over a normal lead acid battery bank. The propeller shaft is a retractable drive unit that rotates up and stows away when not under power.
Interior Although this yacht is oriented around performance racing, Highland Fling XI, also features accommodation which would allow the yacht to serve as a week-ender and coastal cruiser. The center companionway ladder opens into a very spacious main saloon. Traditional settees have been redesigned using carbon tubes to create sling-like seating with an ultra-modern look. The tubes are covered with a light grey, polyester mesh fabric, which then continues up along the interior hull covering wiring leads and plumbing. The fabric saves weight and is mildew resistant. Aft of the companionway and to starboard is the owner's cabin. This cabin has a double berth and a large en-suite head. In order to save additional weight, locker doors and several non-structural bulkheads, traditionally fashioned out of wood, have been replaced with fabric as well. A light sail cloth-like laminate with a carbon and twill finish has been used to create panels for these areas. The headliner is a tightly stretched fabric, which is easily removed for access to wiring, etc. A full galley, located to port, features refrigeration, propane stove and a Spectra water maker. Countertops and cabinets are all fashioned from carbon fibre.
Length overall: 25.25 m
Maximum beam: 5.90 m
Sail area: 440 m2
Price: 2,750,000. Euro (Inc VAT)
Southern Spars: Carbon mast, spreaders and boom
Future fibres bobstay
1125 primary x2 and main x1
1111 pit x2 runner x2
Take down system
Hydraulic rams by Harken:
VW marine Diesel 165/5 TDI. 12V and 24V alternators
PTO between engine and gearbox
CCHE thrust bearing and RDS
Assorted engine spares
Hydraulics by CCHE:
Sailing function manifold
Winch motors rotary pump
PLC by Horizon:
Remote touch pads at each trim station
Full PLC control over all functions and winch speeds
Remote controls for mast butt and forestay adjustment, jib car control
Remote 4G access for program updates. Spare touch panels
Battery: Mastervolt 24v Li-ion. With MV shut, BMS 12 V Gel start
Fuel: 120 l day tank, 100 l extended range plastic tank
Water: 100l fresh water bladder with 24v pump supply to galley
Head: Custom carbon head with Techma macerator
Running rigging package
KZ furlers for A3, A0, SS