PIXEL New for 2013
Supplier Mr Damian Ackroyde
LOA 1275mm, Beam 155mm, Displacement 3.8kgs
PIXEL has been developed with the help of extending the hull from the (IOM) yacht 'Squiggle' and represents the latest inclusion of modern high performance Marblehead yachts. The hull lines produce a very sleak, narrow hull shape and this is put together by the very best of building techniques. This combination makes the PIXEL a very attractive new comer to other established designs.
The main feature of PIXEL is the hard chine that runs from the transom and along the hull line. The chine allows the hull to grip the water minimizing any further sideways motion. Therefore, PIXEL has great pointing ability when sailing to windward. This is also assisted by the rig being positioned as low as practical within a well, built in the midsections of the deck.
Tests have shown that PIXEL is very competitive across the wind speed range, its high performance at the top end of each rig is also matched in the more light to drifting wind conditions, due to the low wetted surface area of the hull.
The downwind performance is excellent; the curvature of the canoe body in the low wind speeds helps PIXEL keeps the competitive edge, in the more adverse wind conditions there is enough buoyancy within the forward sections of the hull, to mainly keep the bow from dipping under the waves. The foredeck design helps the hull to remain above the waves or if sailing to windward will direct the airflow to the rig.
PIXEL is built using the vacuum bag moulding technique, this means that excess resin is squeezed out from the cloth which ultimately creates a very light but durable hull, at certain points within the hull reinforcement is included. The radio, winch and batteries are all encompassed within the radio pot. This ensures minimum cut-outs within the deck and the skipper is able to easily access his equipment.
The hull kit will come in the form of a part completed yacht, ready for the installation of the rig and radio equipment. The hull, deck, rudder, fin box and other internal parts, including the bumper are all fitted to the hull. All deck fittings are installed and the fin and lead ballast, supplied by Mr David Creed is also included.