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CONTACT: dougwlord@gmail.com

WOLF is a new type of small trimaran sailing foiler utilizing new technology never before used on this size boat. The technology is based on the Fire Arrow Foil System used successfully for the first time on a large Test Model on July 24th, 2014.

I’ve worked on this project since 2010 when I first conceived of the unique foil system.I was working for IMANNA Laboratory at the time at home because of some physical problems. In my spare time, I designed and built an exact scale model of a 19.5′ foiling trimaran using the Fire Arrow Foil System. It took four years to get the Test Model done and it was successfully tested in July 2014. See the (very long) thread detailing the project below. WOLF came about because I wanted to do a much smaller version of a foiling tri using the Foil System. It’s all detailed in the thread.

I believe in the WOLF Project and have decided to use the gofundme funding to be able to hire a company like Falcon LLC to build the prototype with me doing the foils myself. This project has tremendous potential to change small boat sailing dramatically by providing an easy to sail, easy to fly, extremely comfortable small foiling trimaran like nothing else on the market under 20′. This project has the potential to help grow sailing and allow the average person to enjoy the thrill of hydrofoil sailing on an extremely comfortable, easy to sail and very stable platform.

Since 2014 several versions of the Fire Arrow Foil System have been used on very large trimarans.

The Test Model and fullsize WOLF design, build and development thread:


Fire Arrow Test Model:

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PLAN:  this website will be part of a multistage plan starting with Stage One which will encompass the building of a fullsize prototype and the extensive testing and development of that prototype. The Plan will use a crowd funding platform to help provide the capital required to complete Stage One. 

Click on “HOME” above right for a complete resume for Doug Lord.

Funding platform under development:


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“Wolfman” is a miniature mannequin whose height- at the same scale as the concept model- is 5’4″. The idea is to use him to give some idea of the size of the final boat.

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Mainfoil is designed to retract flush with bottom to facilitate beaching and trailering with no foil damage. Ama foils retract clear of beach when sitting level. Rudder foil retracts above the bottom of the boat for beaching and trailering:

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WOLF daughter of fire arrow

Latest Update 10/18/19—Design 99% complete–ready to build!
Design by Doug Lord— with a little help from my friends
Inspired by Fire Arrow
System usable on trimarans from one meter LOA to 100+’.
Note significant changes to improve performance with two crew. Still basically a singlehander but can take off in light air with a 350lb crew.==================
A) WOLF specs(tentative) :
LOA 16′ 9″
Max Beam 20′
CL ama hull to CL ama hull-18′
Target weight 272lb
SA-(mast length 28′ all carbon wing mast)
–upwind: 215.2 sq.ft
–downwind: 300 sq.ft
max pressure before depowering/reefing:
—–WOLF= 1.45 lb per sq.ft. sail area singlehanded(220lb).
—–1.98 lbs per sq.ft. sail area doublehanded(350lb)
* NOTE-see “F)” below for max pressure comparison with an F18.
SAIL LOADING- an indicator of hydrofoil performance. Divide weight in pounds by SA in sq.ft( reference: Moth= 2.97lb. per sq.ft. sail loading w 180lb crew).
WOLF- upwind SA 215.2, downwind SA 300. Weights using highest estimated boat weight* + 220lb for one person and +350lb for two people(MAX).
* 190lb
upwind-one person=2.28 lb. per sq.ft. sail loading @ 492lb total flying weight
two people=2.89 lb. per sq.ft. sail loading @ 622lb total flying weight

downwind-one person=1.64 lb. per sq.ft. sail loading @ 492lb total flying weight
two people=2.07 lb per sq.ft. sail loading @ 622lb total flying weight
B) Advantages:
1-Singlehander- Excellent upwind and downwind performance with 220lb crew. Minimum crew weight 120lb*. Two people for daysailing-max about 350lb.
*Righting moment supplemented by mainfoil downforce.

2- Will foil in 5 knots of wind with 220lb and close to that with 350lb crew .

3- Carbon rotating wing mast, carbon cross arms and carbon foils.

4- Retractable foils(from cockpit). Mainfoil retracts flush with bottom and tips are designed to not dig into sand. Rudder foil retracts above bottom. Ama foils retract above waterline when boat is level.

5- Extremely comfortable sliding seat* on each side. Allows crew to move 1.75′ outboard very quickly.
* see picture below-

6- Uses the Fire Arrow Foil System(like Fire Arrow, Gitana 17, Banque Pop, Macif , Macif jr(24’Diam tri) and Maserati)– the same as the original system first used on the Fire Arrow Test Model- except the larger boats use two rudder t-foils on each tack. WOLF has two UptiP ama foils-one used at a time-and one wand controlled mainfoil for very early takeoff and capable of substantial downforce– all working with a single rudder T-foil. Downforce can be virtually instantaneous adding RM in response to gusts. UptiP foils stay down-no adjustment when tacking or gybing.
(see #16 below)

7- Foiling throughout the wind range -including very light air-the essence of 3D SAILING!

8- Assy Spin/Screecher retracted under the front deck.

9- Boat folds from max beam to trailerable width in about 4 minutes. No waterstays.

10- Mid (wish)boom mainsheet so sheet* is always in forward hand and extension tiller always in aft hand.
*uses variation of the Swift Solo main +jib sheeting system=single sheet.

11- Quickly self-draining cockpit-large scuppers with backflow flap.

12- Planing ama hulls designed for incidental contact with water at speed and for inadvertent contact at slow speed.
Adjustable angle of incidence of planing surface of each ama simultaneously on prototype. Angle of incidence of ama foil has to be changed when this is done. Planing surface starts at +4 degrees.
Uses Two-Stage Amas-see attachments below. They consist of a planing ama hull(Stage One) coupled to a “curved piece”(Stage Two) that provides extra buoyancy in the event of a knockdown. Curved piece facilitates high dihedral crossarms which keep the crossarms clear of the water.

13- Planing main hull.

14- Aerodynamic surfaces added to forward and aft crossarms. Adjustable flaps added on rear cross each side. Jib foot and forward part of main foot to be sealed to deck.

15- Automatic Foiling: no foil adjustments required after shoving off the beach and lowering the foils.

16- Adjustable crossarm dihedral for prototype to facilitate testing.

17-Total buoyancy of the “curved piece” +ama hull(two-stage ama) is 207lb.
C) —Memorable quote from JG Baker, Designer and Builder of the Monitor foiler in the 1950’s:
” The main need is to lower the wind velocities required for flying in order to increase the opportunities for high speed travel”

D) —VPLP on the daggerboard main foil:
” On these big boats, when you ease a sail, it is a pain because it takes so long to grind it back in. But here you press a button and the angles of incidence change. And with the foil on the daggerboard you can use it to alter the flight according to the wind*. If it builds, rather than easing the sheet you increase the righting moment by increasing the angle and conversely, as it eases you can reduce it and let it fly more.”
* done 100% automatically on Fire Arrow/ WOLF with wand controlled main foil.

E) — Fire Arrow Foil System-first of its kind on any trimaran. Elements developed first by Fire Arrow include:
1) the first trimaran in history to use UptiP* ama foils,
*invented by Team New Zealand

2) the first trimaran in history to use a single wand controlled main foil capable of downforce,

3) the first trimaran in history to use Two Stage Amas.(see below for Two-Stage Ama pictures)*

F) Max pressure for F18 and WOLF before depowering or reefing :
1)-The max pressure for an F18 based on 229 sq.ft. upwind SA, CE at 16.9′, 2-180lb crew on trapezes and 5320 ft.lb. RM is 1.39 lb/sq.ft..

2) —Max pressure for WOLF with 215.2 sq.ft. upwind SA, CE at 14.65′, one 220lb crew sitting in a comfortable sliding seat, and 4572.4 ft.lb RM* is 1.45 lb/sq.ft..

G) *The Two Stage Ama Design offers a lot both Statically and Dynamically:
1-Statically- the boat is sitting still and hit by a hand of God gust. It is theoretically possible that the boat could be knocked over with the mast horizontal but the two stage ama offers reserve buoyancy after the ama hull itself is immersed by the immersion of Stage Two(“curved piece”) . It is enough, however, to right the boat and/or prevent a 90 degree capsize.(see #17 in Section “B” above)
2-Dynamically-the ama hull has two levels of dynamic vertical force:
a. first and foremost the ama lifting foil that works from very low speed on up,
b. Second, and a sort of back up at speed, is the planing hull design of the ama. To start with on Fire Arrow/WOLF, the planing surface only comes into contact with the surface at very low speed with the ama starting to fly before the main hull does. And when the boat is flying the ama performs as reserve lift during incidental surface contact at speed.
*Also see here for more on two stage ama theory: High Performance MPX Foil/Self-righting Trimaran-The Test Model https://www.boatdesign.net/threads/high-performance-mpx-foil-self-righting-trimaran-the-test-model.36058/page-191

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UptiP Ama Altitude Control-pictures A & B—-
Note that the ama is flying before main hull-note ama flight altitude:

Now that the main hull is flying and speed and load are significantly greater than in “A” above, note that ama flight altitude is the same! And that’s due to the ama UptiP foil design(no moving parts) :



WOLF Trimaran Foiler
Last edited: 10/18/19
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