by Meg Phillips – Stiletto Manufacturing
COLUMBIA, NC (March 8, 2016)– Stiletto Manufacturing, in cooperation with Schickler Tagliapietra, is excited to launch a new range of Stiletto Catamarans in Summer 2016. After a rewarding exchange of early ideas, the two companies are joining forces to develop an affordable catamaran design that provides owners with the high performance and family-friendly features for which Stiletto is known.
The Stiletto-X, staying true to it’s legacy, is easily beached and trailered, making it the perfect platform for road trip racing and summer sailing-camping. The company’s previous model, the Stiletto 27 pioneered a unique balance of performance and comfort, which garnered a cult following among catamaran sailors. Stiletto Manufacturing expects this new X-series to entice families who are new to sailing, looking for a stable but exhilarating experience on the water.
Doug Schickler, co-founder of Schickler Tagliapietra stated, “The new Stiletto-X series is going to be a really fantastic boat! It is a chance for Schickler Tagliapietra to develop a stable foiling boat within the reach of young families, benefiting from the race technology we’ve applied in a number of recent high-tech projects.”
Over the last few years, Schickler and his partner Davide Tagliapietra have assembled impressive credentials as team players on notable projects, including the Challenge Italia C-class, Luna Rossa AC campaign, and the DNA/Holland Composites G4 design team. “The team approach is the future, and working with Stiletto is no different. We are enjoying the challenge while improving the design together,” said Schickler.
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Michael Reardon, COO at Stiletto Manufacturing is extremely happy about the appointment of Schickler Tagliapietra after experiencing first-hand the results of their work during his tenure at Gunboat. “Sailing over 1000 nm of simple stable flight on the G4, it was an easy decision and a pleasure to collaborate once again with Doug, Davide and their team.”
The first Stiletto-X will be sailing by early Summer 2016. Stiletto Manufacturing will produce one catamaran per week in the Columbia factory with plans for an expansion facility in the works. The base model is offered at an introductory price of $89,999 USD. The company’s CEO, Jay Phillips said, “I love the idea that the Stiletto X-Series combines simplicity, superior performance, and affordability. I believe the new Stiletto range is an advancement for recreational sailing.”
About Schickler Tagliapietra
Schickler Tagliapietra (ST) is a yacht design and engineering company founded in 2007 as a partnership between Doug Schickler (USA) and Davide Tagliapietra (ITA). Schickler and Tagliapietra have a combined 30 years of experience, with much of that time as senior engineers at the Bill Tripp and German Frers design studios, respectively. Their union grew out of close collaboration in the 32nd America’s Cup. Insightful and highly specialized knowledge was gained through participation in four America’s Cup design cycles (31st, 32nd, 34th, 35th), one Volvo Ocean Race, and many high-profile racing and cruising projects.