Pata Boats

All lessons concluded - we created the PATA Fanatic 2020

She follows the successful international trends in a sophisticated way while some unique innovations are added.

When we created Pata Fanatic, we tried to follow, but not slavishly copy the trend observed on often winning boats at international competitions. In the Pata Fanatic development work we took the best practices and we went further.

All our improvements are to increase the righting moment. Both design and structural innovations serve this purpose.

SHAPE CHANGES

Maximum boat width
Our goal was to provide maximum volume of the cross sections to work against tilting. The volumes working on the lee side should be large. We also paid special attention to sections that had not previously been in the focus. These are sections 8, 6 and 4 (which are near the hiking position). By making the most of the rules, the new ship is as full as possible.

Shape changes in the hiking position
At the deck level of the cross sections 2 and 4, where the shape of the boat is unchecked, these sectiona are widened to the limits of the rule. The Pata Fanatic is 3 cm wider than her predecessor Pata FX1. That increases 1-1.5% the hiking torque by each centimeter.

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The waterline of the tilted boat must be as symmetrical as possible
The importance of this characteristic of the Finn has diminished somewhat, as the purpose of today’s boat drivig style is to keep the boat standing straigh in downwind as well. If the Finn sailor does this well, he will not let the boat tilting and will keep his Finn straight in downwind as well. However, in addition to some rollover, in light wind some tilt is useful to keep the sail in good shape due to its weight.

Reducing the vertical motion on the waves
At the keel line the intersection shape shall better not be like a deep V but a “flat roof” like form. Especially at section 8. This has proven to be successful by the best boats and winner types, so we adopted it.

Hull shape changes for the better downwind speed
Between the hiking area and the transom, the keel line is straight and the aft 2 is a flatter, tucked-up shape.

STRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENTS

New deck construction
The deck is made of two pieces. Traditionally, the shorter section extends from the bow to the hiking area, and the second part of the deck till the transom is built as a separate piece. At Pata Fanatic, this first section has been enlarged and extends beyond the hiking area. So the sailor hiking in the beat sits on the same composite element as the mast. The relationship is more lively in the mast – centerboard – helmsman triangle. The energy distribution is more harmonious. The dynamic power of the Finn, the projecting force, has a direct and harmonic relationship with the mast.

Hull structure modifications
Obviously, the characteristics of the shell follow the trend that has been gradually evolving over the years to make the nose very soft and the shape of the stern working at the back to be as dented as necessary. This is served by the new layering plan and the modification of the rib order.
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PATA Stradivarius

A Finn for the racing sailors who like the classical beauty but want to sail fast without any compromise!
If you like the wooden boats generally you have to decide between beauty and speed as a traditional wooden finn is not competitive in the racing scene of our time.

PATA Stradivarius is the right solution to the dilemma: beauty or speed. You can race without any doubts the boat is a beauty but the same time a perfect racing machine.

The wooden outlook is given by a 0,2 mm thin layer of mahagony vaneer vacuumed under the transparent gelcoat and the first two glass layers. It does not influence the weight of the boat, the center of gravity, the Lamboley results or the flexibility of the structure.

JUST SIMPLY NICER !

The PATA FX1

Just for the history as the Pata FX1 is already out of the production replaced by the Pata FANATIC.

The FX1 was born in August 2014. The well-known French designer and Finn sailor Jacques Fauroux has optimised the hull lines according to the Finn Class Rules. The result was a great boat moving extremely smooth and with good speed on the waves.

The Finn dinghy is an overpowered system. Therefore the best Finns are cleverly built. Stiff at some parts like the structurally decisive T-form lines of the mast – centerboard – traveller and the hiking areas but soft and flexible on other parts. To build the right hull form and make the boat stiff and soft in the right measure is the secret of a good Finn.

Monsieur Fouroux’s main intention was to reduce the fore and aft movements of the boat when beating on the waves. In order to suceed in this object he has increased the volume of the back of the boat. Added a new and clever layer plan and the soft bow the PATA FX1 moves very calmly and efficently through the waves. The longer waterline, the less wetted surface and the almost symmetrycal underwater form at light heelig angle gives extra speed. Altogether the PATA FX1 is a sensibly pliable and fast boat.

Monsieur Jacques Fauroux is a very experienced boat designer, a higly recognized expert of optimizing hull lines restricted by one design and box rules. Plus an active Finn sailor!

We are very honoured that he redesigned the PATA Finn lines and helped us to build the Finn of the future.

The new building mould’s plug came also from France as it was cut by the CNC machines of the H2X Boatyard in La Ciotat.

The new mould was built in the Pata Workshop in Hungary.

Thanks to the craftsmanship of Monsieur Fouroux the PATA FX1 developped a lot compare to the older type Finns by having:

  • 3 cm longer waterline
  • 10% less wetted surface
  • An almost symmetrical underwater form at 15° heel

The building quality of the PATA Finn is known a long time ago. Our boats do not need any “hull fairing” or such afterworks and are also durable so they keep a good resell value.

All GFK and COMPOSITE PARTS OF THE PATA BOATS ARE POSTCURED IN OVEN !