Stiletto Foiler on Horizon


Stiletto X

Illustrations courtesy of Stiletto Manufacturing

This summer, Stiletto Manufacturing will be launching the all-new Stiletto X-Series, including a foiling catamaran, with the first boats expected to splash about the time this article went press. Carrying on the Stiletto tradition, the 10-meter X-Series models are being marketed as high-performance boats that are fast, beachable, trailerable, and affordable, as well as easy to handle and ideal for coastal family getaways.

The X boats are longer and beamier than Stiletto Classic, measuring 32 feet, 10 inches long with a 17- foot, 8-inch beam. The base X model pricing starts at $89,999, and the all-carbon-fiber Xf foiling model starts at $189,999. Both models are available with cruising packages (Xc and Xfc). The base prices include standing and running rigging; Dacron full-batten, flat-top mainsail; a hanked-on, self-tacking solent sail; winches; nav and interior lights; and mattresses on the twin midship bunks.

The Stiletto reputation for high-quality, high-tech construction is also being honored in the new designs. While the X-Series foiler will be all-carbon, the non-foiling boat will feature a hybrid core that combines honeycomb Nomex (Stilettos signature material), foam, and carbon. The boats, which will use varying prepreg laminating schedules and carbon stringers, is said to be stiffer than the Stiletto Classic, and much easier to trailer. Aluminum spars and folding aluminum crossbeams are integrated into the Xs cockpit for easy trailering. (Imagine: No more wrestling a heavy bridgedeck and being able to fold down the cat with the touch of a button.)

We plan to test sail an X this summer; stay tuned for a full review. For more information, visit

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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