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Old 12-12-2008, 11:11   #1
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The New FastCat 605 (Formerly 555)

Here are some impressions on the new FastCat 555 ( 60 Ft )

The total length is 60 Ft
Waterline lenght 57 ft
Beam 31. Ft 6 in
Target weight 13 tons
Payload 6 tons

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Old 12-12-2008, 11:37   #2
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That's one sexy looking feline!
I hope you'll post an accommodations plan, when you get a chance.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:51   #3
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Since we do semi custom Cats we make changes for customers but I have attached the "standard" layout here, we are still finalizing the cockpit area, thanks for the compliment.

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Old 12-12-2008, 12:09   #4
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Gideon, she is gorgeous! I love the nav station facing forward at virtually the center of the main saloon and the settee/table on the aft bulkhead, also facing forward. Any thought to some bar stools along the counter adjacent to the companionway?

Further, I like the idea of the pronounced knuckle, or chine which should not only assist in providing some additional beam above the waterline, but in providing some additional resistance to pitchpoling. Well done!

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SWEET looking vessel Gideon. I don't like the open cockpit. It is attractive looking, but I would fear stumbling in bad weather. I would also like a couple of rear supports for the hardtop. Possibly a fiddle that would channel water to a catchment system on the hardtop? The fiddle would also be a great help with hand hold while getting in, and out fo the cockpit.
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Old 12-12-2008, 12:36   #6
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Hallo Imagine, the cockpit will not be open in the rear , we have not finished that part of the cat yet, there will probaly be a bench from left to right with decent sized openings towards the sugar scoops to do some serious fishing.
The hinged board will probably be used and the Retractable electric propulsion system is standard ( Green Motion )
2 x 24 Kw electric retractable Motogens
There will be 3 bar stools set next to the kitchen for breakfast or drinks.
She will not get a sliding door but 3 piece folding doors .

thanks for the compliments.

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Wow, love the idea of the hinged boards. Brilliant. Are they mounted on the exterior of the hull, as pictured? If so, I assume you can only have them fully deployed (apart from the capability of being folded either partly, or fully upright).

I also like the fact that the knuckle is also on the inner section of the hull and that, apart from the knuckle, there are no other protrusions to interfere with bridgedeck clearance/waterflow. Again, well done.

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Hallo Brad yes they are mounted on the exterior of the hull and can be folded flush against the hull, they have 4 positions, straight down, 90 degrees for downwind sailing giving the cat lift to work as hydrofoils , the shaft is canted 4 degrees so when at 90 degrees they are tilted 4 degrees and of course the up position folded away flush and as shown the heavy weather position.they are move by hydraulic actuators and take no space inside.
|Bridgedeck clearance is over 1.35 meters loaded and since the cat is lightweight she will follow the waves better ad not dig in.
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Nice looking boat Gideon.

Neat idea with the boards flipping. Has Simonis done any drag calculations for the difference between a flush inside of the hulls, and when the board is down? Would be interesting to see what the influence is.

Any idea as to how heavy this board setup is compared to the traditional one? There is going to be a lot of force at the hinge point.

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Hallo Alan yes 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.
The weigth is another issue , there will be a weight penalty compared with a daggerboard setup but the actual drag will be less. We expect an additional weight because of this setup of around 300 kilo,s over a normal setup with daggerboards. a huge advantage is that there is no space taken from the interior since the hydraylic actuators sit below the floor board and the ease to move the boards into the wanted location is just the flick of a switch. we will use dashboard indicators to where the boards are.
thanks for the compliment., how is your lovely bi rig coming along ?
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I think I'm in love. Boats like this go a long way towards putting to rest the impression some have that cats are ugly.

How have you solved the problem of keeping water out of the board/hull interface?

Looking forward to splashdown.

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Very nice looking boat Gideon.

Not to be a stick in the mud, but if you hit a log with the hinged daggerboard and it snaps off.... Does the boat start taking on water? Is there a spare that is easy to get? Does the boat need to be hauled out to replace it? How is it better than a standard daggerboard with a well?

Do you have an estimated price?
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Hallo David

The attachment to the hydraulic actuator is very strong, the board has a designed week spot just away from the hinged point , the advantages are there is no well , going down wind it creates lift . with lots of wind it is more forgiving with very little wind going down minimal resistance. It has the advantages of daggerboards and a few extra.
Yes if you break one it needs to be replaced and that can be done underwater.
The hinging takes place hydraulically from your steering position with a switch
so when sailing by yourself you do not have to wake up anybody
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Hallo Mike

yes that is no problem keeping the water out , more or less the same way as with many monohulls with hinged keels.

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Hallo Folks

we are starting the production of the Fastcat 555 next month , all has been ordered and presently we are setting up a new factory in the harbor of Durban , the cat is to large to be transported over the road from our present factory.
She will be build in carbon fiber with the hinged boards as pictured above and the Green motion system will have 2 x 20 Kw Motogens , if interested I will keep you posted on the build of the boat , the number one will be build on a male mould with divinycell foam and resin infused with epoxy to keep the weight to a minimum the target weight is 13000 kilo in the water empty tanks but full rig and dual generators installed.
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