It had to have plenty of power and stability, planing hull
form, the ability to attract younger sailors who are used to sailing 49ers and skiffs so needed to be exciting and responsive to sail, class-leading, grand prix deck layout and sailing systems, and able to go offshore (Cat 2) comfortably.
Once a vessel with a planing hull
achieves enough speed, the water pushes against it with a high enough pressure resulting in a force known as hydrodynamic lift.
The Xtreme is a true planing hull
so it rides higher in the water than traditional tubes and actually displaces about the same as three 24-inchers for similar buoyancy.
The new Cat engines include the C32, currently the largest Caterpillar planing hull
marine propulsion engine, along with the C7, the smallest in the C family range to date.
Aiding the large spinnaker, the lightweight planing hull
and highly efficient foils of the Farr 400, sees it sail faster than the breeze downwind to around ten knots of pressure, where the target boat speed is 9.75 knots.