America's Cup Chase Boats
AMERICA'S CUP CHASE BOATS
The Naiad brand has a strong legacy of involvement in the America's Cup, dating back to tenders produced for Challenge New Zealand for the 1992 event in San Diego . Naiad was the first company to develop a RHIB over 40 feet specifically designed to carry the large fully battened mainsails unique at the time to the IACC class of America's Cup race yachts. Naiad also provided a 12.6 meter (41') press boat and several 5.8 meter boats that were used for weather observations by Challenge New Zealand. In 1995 and 2000 all of these vessels were in use by Team New Zealand, which successfully challenged for and won the America's Cup in 1995, and successfully defended the America's Cup in 2000.
In addition to Team New Zealand, two of the challengers had Naiad's custom built for the 2000 America's Cup, the 14 meter Naiad "Ranger" was the first shaft driven inflatable ever produced in the world. She was custom built to tow two of Young America's IACC yachts simultaneously. This platform spawned a whole new class of diesel shaft commercial RHIB vessels for towing and pilot use. Nippon Challenge ordered a 14 Meter triple outboard Naiad, an 8 Meter Naiad, and a 5.8 Meter Naiad for their tender operations. All of these vessels are still currently in use.
Naiad Inflatables of Newport, Inc. is very proud to continue this legacy by producing custom built vessels for Oracle Racing as an official supplier. To date, Naiad has built a 10 Meter Chase boat for Oracle's AC45's, and is constructing two 12.9 Meter support vessels for the Defender's AC72 Yachts.