nlcomp has unveiled the ecofoiler concept, the first end-of-life recyclable boat dedicated to foiling enthusiasts. It is the second prototype in the range of the young innovative startup Northern Light Composites. The flying dinghy is once again designed by Matteo Polli, who has already signed the water lines of ecoracer769, with the collaboration of Matteo Ledri, CFD engineer, with experience in three America’s Cup campaigns (Artemis Racing, BAR and Luna Rossa Challenge).
Sergio Caramel, helmsman of the Melges 24 Arkanoè by Montura and a graduate in aerospace engineering, will take on the role of Project Manager.
Ecological from top to bottom
ecofoiler will be built with nlcomp’s rComposite technology, which uses a thermoplastic matrix to recycle the composite material at the end of its life.
Moreover, thanks to the use of a mix of natural and synthetic fibres, as well as recycled carbon fibres, it guarantees a lower environmental impact even in the construction phase of the boat.
Even in the choice of foils, in order to ensure recycling and reduce production costs, aluminium profiles were chosen.
The foiling “entry level”
The goal of the ecofoiler project goes beyond the innovative construction aspect and is to be an “entry-level” boat to make foiling open to all sailors, guaranteeing simplicity in sea handling and logistical management in general, thanks to new design solutions.
The equity crowdfunding campaign
The innovative startup will open an equity crowdfunding campaign and is working to define the details of the project, which will be officially presented in the summer, and to finance the construction of the first prototype, which is scheduled for autumn 2021.
THE PROJECT LEADERS SPEAK
Fabio Bignolini, COO nlcomp
“ecofoiler is the second project developed by nlcomp after ecoracer769, the sportboat that will be launched this summer. I would like to thank the entire team who accepted my invitation and made themselves available to give life to the project: from Sergio Caramel, who as soon as his university commitments are over will give us a hand in managing the project, to Matteo Polli, who for the first time has signed a foiling project, and Matteo Ledri, who brings us his experience from his three America’s Cup”.
Sergio Caramel, Project Manager ecofoiler
“Northern Light Composites is an innovative start-up that I am sure will find its place in the international nautical sector, and the foiling dinghy project will certainly be an added factor. I’m lucky enough to have already worked on a similar project for the SuMoth Foiling Week competition, so I enthusiastically accepted Fabio’s proposal and hope to help the team by putting my skills to use, combining my passion with my university education, which I’m about to complete with a thesis study on fluid-structure interaction carried out in the NorthSails Italia offices in Carasco”.
Matteo Polli, Yacht Designer
“For me the ecofoiler is a new design challenge with very ambitious goals not only related to recyclable materials or foiling per se, but to the integration of these and other important features into one boat. It’s going to be a very interesting project that will put the excellent team formed by NLcomp to the test!”.