MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION
Hull – carbon fiber/epoxy/foam sandwich
Hull construction – hand-laid, vacuum-bagged, epoxy
resin infused composite laminate
Appendages – carbon fiber foam filled
Carbon fiber free-standing mast
Carbon fiber boom
LOA 4.35 meters
BMAX 1.91 meters
SAIL AREA (Mainsail) 9.3 sq meters
SAIL AREA (Gennaker) 10.0 sq meters
HULL WEIGHT 46 kg
mxNEXT - THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED
The brand new mxNext is a state-of-the-art piece of machinery. Beautifully sculpted in pure carbon the boat will have a carbon mast, carbon boom and black technora sails. The generous sail plan will feature a spiked-head mainsail for maximum sail area in a design that allows for fine tuning control by twisting open the leech of the sail, while the all-important asymmetrical spinnaker will deploy through a cambered opening on the bow of the boat. Speed and simplicity are key words when it comes to the mxNext.
Introducing mxNext by designer Vlad Murnikov
The mxNext design is an evolution of the two-decades old mx-Ray design, the first single-handed production skiff equipped with an asymmetric spinnaker. It is also infused with some innovative ideas developed for the SpeedDream concept.
When it was first introduced in the mid-90s, the mx-Ray was met with a healthy dose of skepticism as most people in the sailing industry didn’t believe that a single person would be able to handle a performance dinghy that carried two sails. After the mx-Ray proved to be not only very fast (20+ knots of boat speed on the reach), but also easy to sail and simple to handle, most dinghy manufacturers quickly followed the trend.
Fast forward twenty years
When Mark LeBlanc, the former builder of the mx-Ray, learned about our SpeedDream concept he was curious whether it could be applied to the next generation of single-handed skiffs. The result of our renewed collaboration is the mxNext. The new boat includes all the best features of the mx-Ray, all optimized and improved, combined with the slender hull and wave piercing bow of SpeedDream.
Built mostly of carbon, the mxNext is two feet longer, 25lbs lighter and stable enough to carry 25% more sail area. All this results in improved upwind performance and huge jump in reaching speed. The mxNext prototype is still undergoing thorough testing while Mark LeBlanc is readying tooling for production. First deliveries are expected next spring.
Separated by two decades the two boats look quite different. This reflects the progress that has been made in boat design, but their common genes are immediately evident; just like the mx-Ray, the mxNext looks fast even standing still.
Copyright mxNext 2015