Choose Between Two Options
- $65 for 60-minute sailboat charter for up to four ($140 value)
- $85 for 90-minute sailboat charter for up to four ($180 value)
Rigid Foils: Water Wings
Sailing is an age-old activity, but recent technology has made sails downright futuristic. See Groupon’s guide to rigid foils to learn more about this innovation.
A sailboat crests the waves, sending a spray of saltwater into the air. It’s a familiar, stirring image that today might have a twist—instead of proudly billowing sails, an inflexible plate rises above the ship’s hull. That piece is a rigid foil, sometimes referred to as a wing sail or simply wing, since it recalls the shape of an airplane’s appendage, and it controls the direction and speed of the boat. Rather than traditional canvas, rigid foils are often made of metal slats or a framework covered with plastic. Some companies are even experimenting with specialized hybrid sails, constructed from laminated threads, which operate in a similar fashion to rigid foils.
The appeal of rigid foils lies in their immovable design. Standard cloth sails distort while capturing the wind, meaning less force goes into propelling the boat forward. Rigid foils, however, can’t distort as much, so the boat moves with more drive and more speed. They do have one distinct drawback—the sails are large and can’t be furled, rendering them impractical for most sailors, who don’t have three-story boat garages. For the time being, rigid foils are more or less limited to the realm of professional racing.
A Chat with Nashalla Sailing
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
A great place to learn on a fresh water lake with beautiful scenery.
What is the experience customers can expect?
A relaxing sunset sail or fun afternoon on the water with beautiful mountain scenery.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We are the only sailboat charter service in the tri-state area and one of the few sailing schools on fresh water in New England.
What do you love most about your job?
Being on the water with good company.