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Old 11-12-2013, 21:14   #31
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Re: Power Catamaran

Off topic but G'day Wilpower can not believe another forumite on Bribie
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Old 11-12-2013, 21:42   #32
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Re: Power Catamaran

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I see what you mean but I just caught onto this thread and back on page two Wilpower posted on his cat.Bribie Island is a small place of about 20K people and we probably live a kilometre or so apart.Just tickled my fancy on a mainly USA based site.
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There is a 2 day old forum for owners and interested parties in the Motorcat line of power catamarans. Unlike the PDQ, Endeavor, Glacier Bay and others, this boat is designed and built in Poland and is the lightest and most efficient hulled power catamaran on the market. It will achieve 20 kt on just a pair of 50 hp outboards and will be comfortable in off shore conditions. I'm interested is this boat because its design lends itself to diesel-electric propulsion with solar assist.

Here is the brand new forum Motorcat Owners Group • Index page

If you are into trailerable off shore capable power cats, the offerings are increasing due to their economy of operation.
Bob Oram the designer of Wilpower's cat achieved very similar figures with a 40ft powercat. Unfortunately he has taken down his website and the video of it. He drew up the design for Wilpowers vessel and some longer versions after successfully testing his 40ft powercat.

Hi Wilpower,

Bet you had a good time getting up to Lizard Is. Lizard for non aussies is some approx 900 NM trip north of Bribie Is.

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Re: Power Catamaran

Roger that Mirage, Is your Simpson a sailing cat or Power cat any pics to share? always nice to see some different designs from other side of globe.
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Re: Power Catamaran

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It's a sail cat.Older boat but we have only had it a couple of months and not many pics yet and will post a couple pics when I figure how to resize the photos
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Chris (Mirage Gecko).
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Been playing around with the idea of incorporating a flybridge option to Trawler Cat without effecting the Express style look. Came across some classic style flybridge setups that wanted some thoughts about. Seems very practical and with some modifications could be made more comfortable but unobtrusive.. Also seems like Dashew put his own spin on the original idea when creating his FPB flybridges?

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Could it be pulled of cleanly on the MP52-Trawler...
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Re: Power Catamaran

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I think a usable fly deck is a huge advantage. It allows people to spread out more, gives more living space at a minimum of cost, increases visibility at the upper station, and for those who like to lay in the sun, removes a lot of the difficulties of trying to do so elsewhere.

In fact my current powerboat is really nothing more that a huge fly deck with a bow attached (Bluewater yacht 5800).

I also really like what Dashew did with his. A kinda of outside living room that can be enclosed when desired is the best of all worlds.
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Some interesting power/trawler catamaran pics to share with forum.
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Been playing around with the idea of incorporating a flybridge option to Trawler Cat without effecting the Express style look. ...
Probably a good idea. Most buyers of motor cruisers desire flying bridges. The minority, like me, don't. Don't want the extra windage, expense, exaggeration of boat movement, and having already experienced my share of open-cockpit piloting, desire the protection of being inside.
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I think there is a difference between having a fly-bridge and piloting from the fly-bridge.



This is the concept I like, but wish the rear bridge was covered with a flat solar panel roof (and had a wheel like most Catamarans do).
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Render with the bridge

Here is a render of the 48 we are building with the bridge and hardtop.
The 3 , 290 watt solar panels will be mounted on the hardtop.

They have been fine tuned since these were done, and we have the foam on order to build it, and I will post pictures as we do.

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Old 16-12-2013, 23:47   #43
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A colleagues recent sailing cat conversion to power. Based on a viva sailing cat that had a lightweight pod cabin house added and outboards mounted on transoms and modified to have reverse bow design. This 30ft? cat with twin 15HP outboards it cruises at 15knots and tops out at 18knots. Gets a "claimed 8 -10 MPG" at cruise speed. No squatting issues with sailing hulls up to 18 knots. This is probably the 20th boat he has built or modified.
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Lagoon,

I think a usable fly deck is a huge advantage. It allows people to spread out more, gives more living space at a minimum of cost, increases visibility at the upper station, and for those who like to lay in the sun, removes a lot of the difficulties of trying to do so elsewhere.

In fact my current powerboat is really nothing more that a huge fly deck with a bow attached (Bluewater yacht 5800).

I also really like what Dashew did with his. A kinda of outside living room that can be enclosed when desired is the best of all worlds.
Agreed with Dashew how went about it. Most of his vessels had hardtop with solar panels a basic setup and ability to catch water as part of the package.
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Here is a Lightwave catamaran motor sailor. follow link to PDF

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