The perfect club cat

The Nacra 500 is a sturdy, mid-range powerful leisure catamaran intended for 2 persons. The Nacra 500 is the ideal family craft for those who want simplicity and performance, the large buoyant hulls enables you to drive her across the waves in ease in most conditions.

The Nacra 500 comes in 3 configurations: the Nacra 500 FUN, the Nacra 500 School / Resort, and the Nacra 500 Sport.

The 'Pocket Rocket' on the water

The Nacra 500 is an affordable option that can fit two persons. It is perfect for local club racing or just to go out and having fun with family and friends. Large trampoline area means that you have real space and as it is tensioned it provides a real platform. The trampoline is made of mesh polypropylene, which ensures that water drains quickly.

The Nacra 500 has a clean hull line, beams recessed into the hull to make the boat stiffer, and high buoyancy to keep you on the water. As with all Nacra leisure boats, the mainsail is made from MNX material, fibre reinforced monofilm, and the jib is Dacron, all manufactured by Performance Sails, giving them longevity, strength and performance. 

The 500 provides high performance recreational sailing at an affordable price.

Measurements

Length: 5.08m (16’6″)
Width: 2.44m (8′)
Mast length: 7.77m (27’13”)
Boat weight: 150kg (330 lbs)

General use

Recreation, learning, family

Crew weight

140kg (310 lbs) or 3 persons (2 youth & 1 adult)

Key features

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Choose your Nacra

Because we want everyone to experience cat sailing, we’ve made the Nacra 500 available in 3 different configurations. So if you’re just looking for an easy to use, small cat for recreational sailing, need something exciting for your sailing school, or want to dip your toe into cat racing: The Nacra 500 is the perfect high quality entry level cat for you. 

Below you’ll find all the info you need to make your choice.

Cat Selector

Can’t decide which Nacra boat to get? Not to worry. Nacra Sailing has something for everyone – from light and sturdy leisure cat to full-blown Olympic powerhouse.

To help you make the right choice, we’ve compiled a progression chart – for both the youth and adults, for both recreational and serious sailors. Take a look and make your choice.

The Nacra 500

Nacra 500 FUN

The Nacra 500 FUN is perfect for recreational sailing, but can also be used for local club racing. In the Nacra family, we also call this boat the “pocket rocket”. It is a simple but very fast catamaran that is easy to maneuver in different waves due to the large, buoyant hulls. Launching from the beach is easy with the kick-up rudders and skeg hulls. All working gear is from Harken, just like the other Nacra leisure boats.

Nacra 500 School / Resort

Every sailing school needs a two-person boat, and the Nacra 500 is a perfect choice. The School/Resort edition has some nice extra features that make it a great boat to learn sailing on. It comes with a boomless mainsail, which is ideal for learning to gybe and tack without ducking deep. The mainsail is also easy to reef, and the large hulls make the catamaran ready for a sail in different weather conditions. The Nacra 500is easy to sail with the double trapeze, extendable tiller extension and rotating mast.

Nacra 500 Sport

In addition to all the features of the Nacra 500 FUN, the Sportedition has a larger battened MNX jib that extends to the spinnaker pole, giving the boat more power and drive and less heel. The Nacra 500 Sport also comes without daggerboards and with a simpler hull design that saves weight and adds speed. The 17m square nylon spinnaker packs in a cloth chute with glass fibre entry, making it easy to launch and recover. All in all, the Naca 500 Sport is a perfectly balanced boat and allows you to go fast downwind and upwind. 

Nacra 500 Comparison

Nacra 500 FUN

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Nacra 500 School / Resort

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Nacra 500 Sports

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Additional Information

Additional Information
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Technical Specifications
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DesignNacra / Morelli&Melvin
Hull4.7m (15’4″)Glass foam FRP polyester resin
Beam2.34 (7’67”)
Mast length8.17m (26’8″)Aluminium
Boat weight FCS Version160kg (352 Lbs)Ready to sail
Trapeze system2 person
Mainsail13.77m² (148ft²)Polyester
Jib3.28m² (35ft²)Polyester
Spinnaker15.26m² (164ft²)Polyester
Spinnaker retriever system
Mainsheet system1 to 10
Mainsail cunningham system1 to 16
FCS L rudder setFull Carbon
FCS Z foil setFull Carbon
Main Z-foil bearing set incl. Lock system
Rear endcap kit incl. rake foil trim system
Curved daggerboard setGlass fiber carbon reinforced
Curved daggerboard bearing kitGlass fiber carbon reinforced
Rudder systemKick-up aluminium
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