TAG 60 XR/GT : High Performance Sailing Catamaran
The TAG 60 offers excellent sail capabilities on all points of sail and an unprecedented level of comfort, luxury and innovation.
The TAG 60 was designed to deliver ease of sailing, exceptional performance, and unparalleled safety and comfort.
The 60-foot catamaran can still be handled by a crew of two, and has been constructed to the highest standards to ensure a truly unforgettable cruising experience.
The TAG 60 offers excellent sailing capabilities on all points of sail and its hydraulic joysticks allow easy systems control from each of the dual helmstations.
Sailing the TAG 60 delivers a truly feeling of connection with the boat. The helm position provides a perfect view to the oncoming sea, and you can also see straight along the outer-hull to sail the boat like you would a beach cat, allowing for a smoother and more responsive ride. The helmstation has great visibility to the sails, and the hydraulic system ensures precise and efficient trimming. Docking is a breeze with the unobstructed views, eliminating the need to ever ask anyone again for berthing assistance!
The feel of the solid link steering system is direct and gives excellent feedback, similar to a motor vehicle’s system. Once again you feel as if you are part of the boat and can intuitively sail the catamaran. The instruments are state-of-the-art, but this design allows you to instinctively feel the performance and genuinely experience the thrill of sailing.
Handling Various Sea States:
Even when sailing into short choppy seas, the motion is eminently comfortable with no pounding due to the high 1.3m bridgedeck clearance. The boat is very stiff with no flex in the structure, effecting a direct response to the sea state.
Tacking is smooth and the boat passes through the eye of the wind easily. Even if you do not sail at maximum speed the catamaran’s outstanding maneuverability means there is little chance of stalling.
The convenience of innovative joystick controls allows you to manage, trim and sail the TAG60 with ease. The helmsman can make adjustments without asking anyone to help or relieve the helm. Physically it is less demanding and means you can constantly trim the boat as needed.
Although the TAG 60 has an impressive top-end speed and will thrill those who push her to her full potential, the biggest benefit is its light-air performance. It’s all about enjoying the journey, and if you can get to your destination faster and safer then you can ultimately enjoy more relaxation time. The TAG 60 will comfortably achieve passages in excess of 250-300 nms each day. In today’s fast-paced life our vacation and leisure time is precious, so let’s sail fast and then live slow!
In light airs from 6-15 knots of true wind, the TAG 60 equals the wind speed and regularly exceeds it by 20 per cent. This means you can be sailing when most others are forced to motor. Good light performance means the sea state will be flat and comfortable so the crew can enjoy the sailing thrill while family and friends can relax, oblivious to the actual speeds being reached! The added safety benefit afforded by its performance range is that you can avoid uncomfortable weather situations by either sailing around or away from them.
The TAG 60 does not sail upwind like a traditional catamaran. With the centreboards and powerful sail plan (with carbon-rotating wing mast), the TAG 60 regularly outpoints and outsails larger monohulls. For example, in 10 knots of true wind, it will equal a boat speed of 12knots at 40 degrees to the true wind and about 25 degrees off the apparent wind.
This is the fun angle with the TAG 60 having little resistance in the water due its slim hulls and a very powerful sail plan. Once the speed increases and apparent wind is generated, the TAG 60 can crack off to broader wind angles and still maintain its speed. The rotating wing mast and powerful headsail plan keep the apparent wind forward.
Deep downwind sailing on the TAG 60 is similar to onboard a racing catamaran. During sea-trials in a 20knot breeze, we had the TAG 60 sailing at 18-24 knots at 150 degrees off the true wind, with the apparent wind angle sitting at 40 degrees. Truly impressive!
This is the secret weapon. Rotating the mast means you can adjust the mainsail from 6-13 degrees to create a huge range where you control the power. To accelerate, maximum rotation is applied to generate the raw power of a deep foil. Once you gain speed a finer entry is required to minimise drag and thus one reduces the rotation. This also dramatically increases the wind range without having to reef the main sail.
The standard sail package is a square top mainsail with easy hoist, self-tacking jib and staysail. The headsail options include a 118sqm light air jib, 180sqm Code 0 and a 340sqm top-down furling asymmetric gennaker, all made by Ullman Sails in Fiber Path technology to give the best blend between high performance and longevity.
The sail controls are either via hydraulic rams for the mainsail, main traveller, self-tacking jib sheet and centerboards, or via the 3-speed 24V Harken winches. Hydraulic controls are via two joysticks, so all functions are close at hand and intuitive eliminating the need to search for buttons.
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