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Old 04-07-2008, 06:56   #1
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New FastCat 455 Launched

Here is a picture of the first FastCat 455 with the new bow , raised roof , carbon davits and hard top Bimini
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Old 04-07-2008, 12:22   #2
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Looks very good

Do you offer boom or in-mast reefing with this cat or would that reduce performance too much?

Can it dry put on its keels without any damage to rudders etc?

How does it behave in heavy weather under autohelm - does the autohelm work OK on such a light boat?
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Old 04-07-2008, 12:44   #3
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Looks very nice...

Do you have all info at your homepage?

Do you have any interiorpics?
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Looks nice! I too would enjoy the enterior photos.
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Old 04-07-2008, 15:23   #6
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Do you offer boom or in-mast reefing with this cat or would that reduce performance too much?

Can it dry put on its keels without any damage to rudders etc?

How does it behave in heavy weather under autohelm - does the autohelm work OK on such a light boat?

Hallo Gludy

In boom reefing is an option but it does cost speed and extra weight , in the boat on the picture we have used a Dutchman sail flaking system in combination with a lazy jack and bag for ease of reefing combination with a single line reefing system.
Coming Sunday will be the first sail on this FastCat 455 that is also the last to be equipped with diesels with saildrive . we use the Raymarine self learning autopilot and she sail very well and keeps course great.
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Looks very nice...

Do you have all info at your homepage?

Do you have any interiorpics?
Next week we will do a photoshoot of the exterior and the interior once all the little odds and ends are finished and I will post them on the web site.
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Old 04-07-2008, 15:27   #8
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Hallo
Yes she can be set dry on her keels and rudders and will tilt backwards 10 degrees and this will give no damage since keels and rudders are designed to take these loads.
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Beautifull. have you done sea trials yet?

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Beautifull. have you done sea trials yet?

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Coming Sunday we are taking her out the first time to sail. the sails have just arrived
, If she sails anywhere like her predecessors we will be fine and her weight is 1000 kilos lower , the mast is a bit shorter and the sail area 6 % less.
I will keep you posted .
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FastCat 455 test sail

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Although I have been following this forum for sometime I have not posted here before (does that make me a lurker?). Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Dick. My wife Karen and I are about to become the owners of Fastcat 455 hull 4, called Butterfly.

As Gideon has mentioned we took Butterfly out for her first test sail on Sunday and thought the results may be of some interest to the forum but first some background:-

Before ordering a FastCat we test sailed a range of cats of a similar size including FP /Lagoon / Robertson Caine / Voyage / Privilege /Maxim - as well as attending multiple boat shows to walk around many of the other types on sale. I am approx 6ft 4 inches and this ruled out many cats just by walking aboard them.

We are planning some long term long distance cruising and were looking for something with many of the comforts of home which could be sailed by two people but which was fun to sail.

Butterfly has a good spec for cruising inc air con /heating / dish washer etc. I opted for twin 40 hp diesels - so this is a fairly loaded boat. For the test sail we had 6 people on board but limited diesel and water. It was a beautiful sunny day with small waves and a steady wind that built from approx 10 to 15 knots.

I had high expectations from a sailing perspective as I have sailed all three of her predecessors. She easily met my expectations and compared to any other types of cat I have sailed she was by far the best and above all - fun - to sail.

Butterfly sailed easily up to 35 degrees to the apparent wind (should do better once the genoa is fixed - see below). At 40 degrees into 15 knots of apparent wind we did 6.7 knots. At 60 degrees into 15 knots of apparent wind we did 7 knots. At 90 degrees into 14 knots of apparent wind we did 8.7 knots. Our best speed of the day was 9.0 knots. She tacked easily through the wind with no need to back wind the genoa to push her round.
She really is a fast cat as these speeds were achieved despite a genoa that would not set well (it’s due to be modified some time this week, by the sail maker).

The folks at Fast Cat still have a number of things ( mainly cosmetic) to finish on the boat. I hope to have a second test sail soon when we can try the out the asymmetric spinnakers. I will try to remember to keep some more comprehensive notes on her performance and share them with you .

If you are interested there are some photos etc. see our blog at

of Butterfly and Barnacle


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Congrats on your lovely new boat. Good to see that you finally got her out sailing after your "initiation" to Africa.

Keep the posts coming as you move along with the testing.

She looks lovely, and the outside finish looks great.

I like the retracted boarding ladder, what make is it Gideon?

Who does your canvas work, and can you reccomend them?

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Congrats on your lovely new boat. Good to see that you finally got her out sailing after your "initiation" to Africa.

Keep the posts coming as you move along with the testing.

She looks lovely, and the outside finish looks great.

I like the retracted boarding ladder, what make is it Gideon?

Who does your canvas work, and can you reccomend them?

regards

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Hallo Alan

Undercover canvas from Durban does our canvas work you need to speak to Bill the owner
Good workmanship but you are still a bit early.
The Ladder comes from a American company and we carry stock , it woud be ridiculous to have one or 2 units send out since it will double your cost of around 160 usd each including shipping to SA
We order 24 each time

and yes things in Africa take time , just get used to it otherwise you end up with an ulcer
and that is no fun.
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Nice post!! Also nice of you Dick to really give us the real owner's view of the cat. Please do keep us posted on all of the updates, sea trials and more photos. Thanks again.
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Nice post!! Also nice of you Dick to really give us the real owner's view of the cat. Please do keep us posted on all of the updates, sea trials and more photos. Thanks again.
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