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Old 25-04-2009, 17:18   #16
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Must say that is the most innovative cat design I have ever seen.

Now if I can just win a huge Lottery to be able to someday afford one.

Keep us posted on her development, I LOVE what I see!!!
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Old 30-05-2009, 00:45   #17
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the Fast Cat 555 is no more she is renamed to the Fast Cat 605, this number is in line with her actual length. The strong back is put into place and the form frames are being cut with a computer steered router, 120 sheets of shatter ply are needed for the hull plug, we will make one mould for the hull and one for the deck to save on connections to be made and this makes for a stronger and lighter boat. Once the moulds are ready the hull will be infused in one piece and the same for the deck. Presently the hull and deck laminates are calculated to be strong en light weight. The owner of hull 001 has chosen to go all carbon to save 1500 kilo so the theoretical weight will be below 12000 kilo instead of 13500 in basalt fiber. this will be including carbon rig, sails , generators, green motion propulsion system , swinging boards but ampty tanks.
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Looks good Gideon, congrats on the new launch.
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Old 30-05-2009, 07:15   #19
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drag calculation where made and the influence of the boards in its up or down position is very limited since the water flow at these points is dirty anyway.
Once again Gideon, I compliment your innovative thinking, but I question what you describe as dirty water flow? Have you actually proven this in tank-testing? Surely if all you desire is push-button convenience you could rig daggerboards hydraulically or electrically?

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Old 31-05-2009, 08:32   #20
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Hallo Lodesman

When pointing and having the windward side board in the water it is in the dirty water side. we did not have to do tank testing since this has been done many times .
You are rigth we could have gone daggerboards
the reason I choose not to are
1 daggerboards do not give lift when sailing down wind
2 they cost a lot of space inside the boat.
3 daggerbord exit also cause drag
4 they are not easy to handle in a 60 foot cat
5 on deck they can be in the walkway.

I have tried to improve on the daggerboard system and once we are in the water the system will have to prove itself.

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Old 01-07-2009, 12:48   #21
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Hallo Lodesman

When pointing and having the windward side board in the water it is in the dirty water side. we did not have to do tank testing since this has been done many times .

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What is dirty flow, and what causes it? Can you please explain?
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Gideon,

Compliments on the design! I like a cat with the 2 steering helms on the back as you have and hope to own one some day soon. To the question:

How many of your customers request the dbl. helm on the back VS. the helm on the bulk head?
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won't the knuckles cause more "wave slap"? a chronic problem on cats?
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So far both customers have opted for the design as on the drawings David . the advantage of this location is that if one wants to be sitting or standing under the bimini in a protected way , it is possible while standing or sitting on the outer steering wheel side gives all the visibility needed .

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Hallo , on a heavy cat this could be a problem but on a very light weight cat like the 605 it wont be , the knuckes are already high up and the weight of the cat is so low that any wave will lift the boat .
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Hallo , on a heavy cat this could be a problem but on a very light weight cat like the 605 it wont be , the knuckes are already high up and the weight of the cat is so low that any wave will lift the boat .

55 1/2 foot stretched out to 60 and a 1/2 foot, (grown a extra 1/2 foot between pages 1 and 2 of this post). Yet another 'Fastcat prototype' that customers have signed up for Gideon? ...tongaboys
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Any news?

Anyone heard any more about the Fastcat 605? As far as I can work out the first one began build six months ago so is presumably nearing completion by now?
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You are right we started 6 months ago but unfortunately it takes a lot longer to build a new 61 ft cat from scratch including a set female molds plugs etc , our planned time to get the first one in the water is 2 years from start and so far we are on schedule. the hull and deck plugs are ready and shortly we will make the molds of these plugs, that takes about 3 months until we can take them of , turn the mold over and start working on the interior of the 605.
Only when the hull is ready we can start producing the interior molds.
I expect this to start in 5 or 6 months so do not hold your breath
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I can see that there's a lot to do, but two years seems a long time to wait for a boat! How many orders do you have?
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2 years is really normal to build a boat this size from scratch including a complete mold set and the wait is not so bad with the knowledge that if one orders a 60 ft plus cat already in production with lots of individual interior wishes it is also 18 months , a friend of mine ordered a Catana 50 and waited 2 years while the boat was already being produced.
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