Most striking are two wings with symmetrical profiles, the stabilizers, on the side of the hull which is very slim and aerodynamic. The stabilizers are arranged in a V- shape at a 33° angle to the hull, with a 250 L water tank at the tip of each for water- ballast. Those tanks can be filled within a few seconds through a system known from firefighter planes. During maneuvers the water is routed from the leeward to the windward side through a pipe system.
Another feature to increase control over the vessel at high speeds is the Canard Wing on the bow, like on a fighter jet. Through this wing, the pilot can control the longitudinal axis of the vessel. In that way, the forces typically resulting in a nose- dive, are controlled and can be counteracted.
In order to reduce drag, the V_REX is equipped with hydrofoils, lifting it off the water surface. The centerboard- hydrofoil is 3.8 m high, whereas the stern- hydrofoil, which is also the rudder, is 4.0 m high. The height difference is important for the rudder not to be situated in the turbulence of the centerboard. The hydrofoils are designed so that the V_REX has a safe “flight above waves”.
In fact, the design of the hydrofoils is inspired by one of the fastest fish, the Indo- Pacific Sailfish, which reaches up to 120 kph!
The boat is helmed by two persons in a monocoque at the center of the stabilizers, known from airplanes and Formula1 cars. The helm moves the rudder by using two pedals, one to starboard, one to port. The crew is seated behind the pilot adjusting the 40 sqm sails, a battened mainsail and a jib, as well as the system for the water- ballast.