UFO – Foiling Sailboat available at Shoreline Sailboats

All new, UFO foiling sailboats are available from Shoreline Sailboats of Western New York, official dealers of the UFO – summer 2017. Contact us at shorelinesailboats.com to try the awesome state-of-the-art foiler!


Shoreline Sailboats YouTube Extension says:


At what points of sail does the UFO foil at?

All of them. Upwind, downwind, reaching. It’s a full course foiler.
No, of course not in irons. Don’t be silly now.

What does it cost?

The full sail away package, down to the dolly, costs $7600 USD.

Who can fly the UFO?

Within reason, anyone. UFO pilots have ranged from 9 years old to 64, from 90 pounds to 235. It’s rare that anyone on the fulcrum team conceives of a boat with a narrow niche in mind. Why bother? It’s a mistake in yacht design to design a boat for a narrow range of users, when for the most part people are diverse and the objective of one-design boats is to garner large fleets. That said, the boat is likely to be most satisfactory in all wind conditions in the hands of teens, small and medium men and all women. At the extreme low end of the weight range, sailors may find themselves overpowered and at the extreme high end, the wind speed required for takeoff is about two knots higher than average. UFOs have been sailed “two up” as well, though the above limits of weight range still apply to the sum of the two sailors weights.

What wind and waves can I fly a UFO in?

The UFO will sail in practically any wind condition.
While it can at times with a skilled skipper take off in very low wind speeds, the baseline for reliable flight is around eight knots. The upper wind limit is more a matter of taste and skill. UFOs have been sailed in 30 knots, but it’s no picnic, as one might suspect. In under 8 knots, the UFO reverts to being a pleasant displacement catamaran and goes from being exciting and fast to relaxing and tactical. Extremely gusty conditions (such as 8 gusting 28), as is true for practically all sailboats, are awful, and should be avoided.
Most chop and wave conditions present no issue for a UFO set for the days’ conditions. After all, powered hydrofoils were first developed by various leading Navy’s as a means of smoothly flying over challenging sea-states. Choking up the ride height helps the UFO fly smoothly through the bottom of the wave pattern, undeterred. Rolling seas present even less issue, as the UFO will ride along them just like any other. Extremely tight and tall chop can be very annoying, which is not peculiar to the UFO.

Will I fly my first time out?

Most people do. But conditions, setup and technique matter and if you use it incorrectly, you are likely to get some degree of incorrect results. The UFO is designed to be very forgiving in tuning and technique, so it likely affords you a better chance of successful flight than anything out there. However, you as a skipper, still matter.

What happens when I crash my UFO into something?

You’ll probably do some damage to it.The UFO is built with durability as a core objective but it’s worth noting that the gulf between “Feather light under engineered ragged-edge high performance craft” and “literally indestructible” is extremely wide. The UFO represents neither of these extremes. Do not attempt your first flight inside a densely packed mooring field. Obstacles only make you better once you’ve mastered the basics.

How easy is it to rig a UFO?

Easy.The current cartop to launched speed record is roughly 15 minutes. Socket the mast together. Attach the boom and stays in one go. Step the rig. Flip the boat on its side, insert the foils, right the boat, hoist the sail and launch. Complexity is best avoided.

How do I launch a UFO?

Roll the boat into the water. Pull the dolly out from under the boat and leave it on the beach. Drop 8 to 10 inches of rudder and sail out to deep water. Drop your foils and fly away!

Can I easily cartop a UFO?

Yes.At this hull weight, the boat is very easy to put on top of a car, and its flat bottoms allow it to be strapped down hard with no drama. The other components of the boat collapse down to the point of easily fitting in a standard hatchback.

Where can I store my UFO?

Anywhere you can carry it to. Anywhere it fits.Behind couches, under beds, under porches, in basements, inside larger boats, chained to apartment fire escapes, hanging in garages. Anywhere it can go that’s convenient for your lifestyle is a good place for it to go.

Why does X look like Y? Surely it would be better to make it like Z.

Just trust us. If you’ve thought of it, we’ve weighed the pros and cons and its been included or excluded for good reason. Creating a boat that can be produced at an affordable price, for a wide range of sailors with a maximum quantity of accessible performance is an extremely hard target to hit. The UFO meets all of its objectives and does so by blatantly ignoring a few conventions and norms. You simply don’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.

Connor Warner says:

Hi shoreline sailboats I’ve got a couple questions for you guys on the UFO foilercan you get the UFO Foiler for cheaper than 7600 USD by excluding the trailer in the package ? how long does it take to ship the UFO foiler to Sydney,Australia? Is the UFO only made in New York or is it made in other places ? how many orders approximately have you had so far ?And finally how many orders have been made to Sydney,Australia? I hope you can answer all of my questions ASAP

mkusakify says:

looking for an update – Do you have one of these available to come see?

cartmanrlsusall says:

this is a good job for a fly by wire stability computer,seriosly a computer controlling the foils could make this neat boat work

Arnie Duckworth says:

nice job guys.
2009, https://youtu.be/bvm0_eqkePE

luke init says:

Who would fucking buy this

Dirk Gidney says:

User Hostility! LOL Great new Word!

Karol Bronson says:

What is the music at 0:15?

Hays Clark says:

Nicely done guys!

Brooklyn Avenue says:

One question left out: can you actually buy one? Answer: ? You have to check on “availability.”

Tadzio VERICOURT says:

It looks like you made a boat to rival the WASZP. If I’m correct, then why show the clips of the foiling moths used for competition? The WASZP is as accessible but looks lighter and faster. The moment where you say “catching up to the WASZP” shows the WASZP actually gaining a huge advantage by going upwind fast, negating your comment. I fail to understand the big advantages of this boat compared to the moth in general and the WASZP in particular.

Woody Adal says:

How about a double masted foil with a front/rear wing close to both width? Will it be less tippy, easier to fly. Pros? Cons?

Michael Crumpton says:

With the electronics in a $20 quadcopter the job of making a foiler stay level would be a trivial task as well as being far more sensitive and responsive than a stick dragging in the water.

Alexander Foelkel says:

It ain’t flying though….

RJ Cooper says:

Could you add a couple more foils giving yourself some stability?

Kolon999 says:

What happens if you hit a sand bar, crab trap, or other submerged obstacale at speed? i.e. are the foils protected by shear pins?

Amélie Layn says:

i preffer windfoil

Solar Fry says:

The foil trim stick reacts too quickly when it comes out of the water. It slams the boat down instead of maintaining that altitude. I can’t help but wonder what would it be like without foil control stick. I guess if the foil comes out on top there is nothing to keep it from skipping downwind. Is it more like a wing keel?

I love the speed. It must be a heck of a lot faster on foils. In a couple of years all new boats will foil. Gonna be fun.

Aaron Tam says:


daemn42 says:

This looks like a great little boat, but what a scattered video presentation.
The random crashing of the hulls into the water seems undesirable unless the goal was to distinguish it from the Moth when it nose dives. Is the UFO less prone to nose diving while sailing through large waves where the Moth’s pitch control arm gets confused (stilldiving when the next wave is rising)? The pitch response of the UFO seems a bit slower, but it also looks like it sits on a taller foil which might give it an advantage in bigger waves, but then this video doesn’t show it in big waves.

You show a beach launch, but then forget to show it actually sailing away from the shore as a cat, and deploying the foils in deeper water, which I assume was the point. It can do that right? Ability to deploy later allows taller foils… Right?

It does in fact look like “catching the WASZP” and passing it was done by sailing at a lower angle to the wind. If it’s faster, then keep em at the same angle.

Robin T says:

Small sailing foils…Why not start with floats lowered, start up in the air, and have a system to winch up the floats from the water surface ( or extending the foils downward, whichever way you look at it)? We have the technology to make that just as easy, and almost a no-brainer for a beginner. Adjustable ride height, also if two foil masts are used, one in front of the other and linked at top and bottom, the foil could be as from a foilboard, and swing forward as the bow dips, to eliminate dive crashing, while producing an even smaller boat. Make it before i do, and i will buy one. 🙂

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