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Old 23-04-2011, 15:01   #31
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Re: Beaching Catamarans

44' Cat, designed and built by Bob Smith, is this boat still being built today? Nice looking.

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Old 23-04-2011, 15:28   #32
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Re: Beaching Catamarans

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Both the Endeavour PowerTrawlers and SailCats have a tunnel protecting the propellers. Endeavour is at EndeavourCats Home Page

"Hopefully" I attached a photo of the tunnel.

This is true of the current versions of these cats. The older versions with saildrive rather than shaft drives have stub keels and spade rudders. I've not beached my boat yet, but the factory tells me that I can dry her out on a smooth bottom and in smooth conditions, with no waves or side loads. They tell me there is no problem even if the CG is too far aft and she rocks back on her rudders provided there are no waves or side loads. I'll probably try it some day but I imagine it will be rarely and probably for some maintenance reason. Most likely to change the zincs on my saildrives.

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Old 24-04-2011, 21:27   #33
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Re: Beaching Catamarans

We beach our trimaran most nights.

I look for a level sandy or muddy spot, no rocks, and anchor the bow out and the stern in and let the tide go out. It makes for a good nights sleep.
We lift the two outboards clear and sit.

We are currently at 1770 on the Qld coast, waiting for the wind to drop.
Happy with the boat,
The Tohatsu outboards are going well, we cruise with one motor at 3,000rpm and average 7 knots an hour for 100 liters a day (6 hours)

I recently bought a 120 amp switch mode power supply which runs off our 1.6kva Kipor when the days are cloudy. It goes well and tops up our AGM batteries.
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Old 24-04-2011, 22:19   #34
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1770? Do you ever go inside?
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Old 24-04-2011, 23:01   #35
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Important to know the tidal range for the beach in question - making sure that one has the correct time offsets from the datum, besides knowing the type of sand - important to know the slope angle. Check weather report for the day and for the next couple of days. Once the boat is safely on the beach - good thing to kedge out an anchor from the bow and secure a bright coloured float above it.
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Be aware that sand and mud are abrasive and don't make your bottom paint last longer. I beach my boat a lot. I find it very convenient


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