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High-end leisure just got upgraded

Light, agile, durable and fast.
Completely redesigned from the ground up.
The first leisure catamaran built to Olympic standards.


Encourage and empower all levels of sailors. The new Nacra 500 MK2 is an accessible stepping stone into the world of catamaran sailing. The Nacra 500 MK2 is infused with Nacra’s experience in the high-performance and Olympic Games catamaran scene and now makes this knowledge available for all.


2 Sailors


The latest 500 model is completely redesigned from the ground up, while still keeping the spirit of the first legendary model alive. We’ve taken the 1998 original, almost 25 years old, and improved it where we could: on almost every level. Moreover, the new 500 MK2 is constructed according to our own incredibly high Olympic standards – 45 years of innovation and professional top-quality construction makes this a truly new experience on the water.

We’ve worked hard to make this expertise suitable for everyone. Plug-and-play without performance loss is the name of the game. The result is a modular design with redesigned rigging. Maintaining its skeg configuration, you don’t need to deal with daggerboards – the rudders flip and you can glide straight on as soon as you hit sand – it’s from beach to water and back again in a breeze. Literally.
Nacra 500 Mk2 sideview render
Nacra 500 Mk2 hull design
Nacra 500 Mk2 topview render


Designed for leisure. Performance built in. With its brand new low drag hull design and increased skeg surface, the Nacra 500 MK2 offers exceptional stability and performance. Powered with newly designed sails, handmade by Olympic Class Supplier Performance Sails, we’ve optimized the power distribution and developed a brand new plug-and-play batten tension system. Large new ProGrip deck pads give extra sailing comfort and improved safety. And just like its Olympic brothers, the Nacra 500 MK2 is fully equipped with Harken™ hardware.

Made of sustainable materials, the new hulls feature a completely new wave piercer bow design. Strong and incredibly sturdy, hydrodynamic and sleek, they make the 500 MK2 go faster than the average beach cat, while staying as stable as a learning cat. Truly a new way of sailing.

Large new ProGrip decks pads offer additional safety, and sailing comfort. The large pre-tensioned trampoline made of high-quality mesh offers even more support. A new two-person trapeze system with optimized rigging make sailing simple, safe and exciting.

Olympic quality sailing is child’s play. The new sails for the Nacra 500 MK2 are made by our longtime partner and Olympic supplier Performance Sails. Being the only multihull sailmaker in the world granted the right to make official Olympic sails by World Sailing, you know the quality is unmatched. Every sail, every detail. Performance Sails’ 30+ year expertise in the catamaran racing world makes sure your sails can handle anything. They’ve put some real innovation in the new sail plan. And have we mentioned we now offer fully printed Dacron® sails?

The brand new sail plan offers a new mainsail with optimised power distribution and a brand new in-house developed batten tension system, and the option for a furling jib or spinnaker. The new divisible bowsprit makes for easy transport and low set-up time.

Customize away

You can customize your Nacra 500 MK2 with multiple upgrades and additions – from furling spinnaker upgrades to Eurotrax® to fully printed Dacron® sails – to make your catamaran truly yours.


Standard ● Optional ○
Hull5.03m (16'5")Vinyl ester resin composite foam
Beam2.5m (8'2")
Mast length8.20m (26'9")Aluminium
Boat weight145kg (319 Lbs)Ready to sail
Trapeze system2 person
Mainsail14.2m² (156ft²)Nightwave
Jib3.8m² (42ft²)Nightwave
Jib (furling)3.6m² (39ft²)
Spinnaker16.5m² (178ft²)Nylon
Spinnaker (furling)15m² (161ft²)Nylon
Spinnaker retriever system
Mainsheet system1 to 8
Mainsail cunningham system1 to 8
RudderGlass fiber reinforced
Rudder systemKick-up aluminium


Completely redesigned following the latest innovations and using new technologies, the MK2  is built to Olympic standards – with more performance upgrades available. It’s not a cruiser, it’s not a racer – the Nacra 500 MK2  is a true next gen sailing experience. And with this, a new segment in small catamaran sailing is created: high-end leisure.

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