the Weta a One Design Class?
rules for the class allow for some equipment
changes that do not enhance performance, but
accommodate for personal
Where can I find Weta
Weta fleets are established in
China, France, Croatia, Netherlands, Thailand, New
Zealand, Sweden, UK and USA. At least 200
boats will be manufactured by Dec 2008.
the US west coast there is a fleet of 5 Wetas
racing on San Francisco bay based at the Richmond
Yacht Club. This fleet plans to race midwinters
& summer series as well as regional events in
We anticipate that Southern
California Weta fleets will be active by summer
the Weta designed?
designed the Weta in New Zealand after 6 years
development with input from various design
the Weta construction?
The main hull
and floats are a solid fiberglass laminate. The
deck of the main hull is a foam sandwich laminate.
All components including the frames are vacuum
bagged to get an excellent laminate bond and to
eliminate any excess resin. This ensures a fine
tolerance on the weight of all boats.
Vinyl-ester resin is used for added strength and
rigidity. Epoxy glue is used in all
The mast, beams,
prod and tiller extension are carbon with
fiberglass blended in certain areas in some
components. The deck gear is Harken and Ronstan
top quality components.
Does the boat come with a
The Weta comes with a
1 year Warranty. For more information please
contact your local Weta agent.
What sailcloth is
All sails are manufactured by
Gaastra (world renown for its high quality
windsurfing sails) using Dimension Polyant fabric
from the USA. The main and jib sails are
constructed from X-PLY which is a top of the range
Mylar/fiber laminated cloth that is durable and
holds its shape well. This transparent cloth gives
the skipper high visibility improving safety. The
gennaker (screecher) is constructed from S/DLN150
- a high quality, non-stretch, rip-stop spinnaker
cloth that comes in a variety of bright
Weta be used to teach people to sail?
The Weta is an excellent boat to teach sailing
in. It has the following advantages:
- Light and responsive on the
- Easy to tack
- Sailors are on the same boat
as the instructor or friends can learn together
- Trimaran design are extremely
stable -- delivering stability at all points of
sail and especially in jibes and tacks
- No boom -- so no one can get
hit on the head
- Wide so you are able to look
at the sails and discuss sail shape
- Minimal sail controls so you
focus on the basics
- Even in high
wind there is no drama as the sails are quiet
and sail area can be reduced so the boat is
How much weight can the Weta
The Weta handles 3
adults very well. There is plenty of space
but because the power to weight ratio is reduced,
the boat will have a lesser performance. In a bit
of breeze the boat is still very lively and in
light winds makes for a nice social sail. It
is very safe for young inexperienced
outboard motor be fitted to the
It is possible to mount a German
manufactured electric 2HP motor on the back beam.
It weighs approximately 12kg, lasts 4 hours and
costs around EUR1200. Weta Marine recommends
using a simple paddle which is a fraction of the
price and works well as the boat is light weight
and cuts through the water efficiently. This
method has been successfully used in Shanghai to
get in and out of the dock.
What are the individual weights
of the Weta components?
approximate weight of the main hull is 60kg and
each float (including beam frame is
capsize the Weta?
Yes. Although the
Weta is very stable -- like any boat it can be
capsized when pushed to the limit in a strong
you right the Weta after a
"Capsizing is hard ~
righting is easy"
Brute strength and
weight is not required, no ropes, no powerboats
etc as this only causes damage.
procedure for righting a capsized
When boat is upside down open one of
the inspection ports in the floats (ama).
float is then allowed to completely fill with
water. Sometimes a little weight on the bow of the
float helps to burp out the air.
float will then sink and the Weta becomes
The skipper then puts some weight
on the centerboard and the Weta will right
The skipper then boards the boat on the
float which is buoyant and lets the water drain
out of the (leeward) float.
When the float is
drained put he inspection port back in
The Weta is then ready to sail
there options for the arrangement of the mainsheet
The Weta mainsheet
system comes standard with cleats on the deck.
Owners can modify theirs to suit their personal
preference. Modifications to date have included
ratchet blocks, swivel cleats and stainless
main sail be reefed?
Weta Marine is
developing a smaller mainsail for sailing schools
so they can still teach comfortably in 20knots of
wind. It will also be great for lighter
sailors so they can also sail in higher winds
using the jib as well. The Weta is nicely
balanced and sails well under main alone in a good
breeze and is a very good sail combination for the
single sailor when the wind gets up. Owners have
the option of adding reefing holes to their
How does the Weta sail in light
The Weta is an excellent light
weather boat. Most catamarans find it hard to keep
pace especially cats with deep hulls and no
centerboards. The Weta tacks easily in even the
lightest of breezes.
Can the Weta be sailed as a
high performance boat?
Yes! When the
wind is up and the boat is tuned the Weta is a
"rocket ship". Although the boat is simple -- a
lot can be learnt about tuning and racing. It is a
boat that is fantastic to race and tests even the
best sailors. The Weta has been raced, tested and
had design input from many experienced sailors
- Americas Cup Skippers
- Olympic Medalists
- World Sailing
The Weta has not been a quick
design and build boat. It has evolved over 6
years and every component has been tested for
strength and efficiency. This has been recognized
at international boat shows and has taken the
small sail boat community by storm.
Is the mast difficult to put
The mast is carbon fiber and
weighs 6kg. With the correct simple technique the
average person (male and female) can do it by
himself or herself with minimal effort. Weta
Marine is also currently developing a
self-stepping tabernacle for those with
disabilities that cannot step the mast
conventionally. The only other lifting
required is when assembling the 18kg float/beam
when putting the boat together. This is a simple
lift that requires minimal effort.
How much buoyancy is in the
3 adults can safely sit on a
float so getting on and off the boat causes no
Is it easy to get spare
Your Weta dealer will
have a supply of Weta components. All
hardware and ropes are off the shelf items from
your local marine dealer.
Is there a longer version of
the Weta Sport
Currently the 4.4 is
the only model receiving our total focus. Weta
Marine may develop a longer version of the Weta or
perhaps a high performance fully carbon version of
the Weta 4.4 with hydrofoils.