Originally Posted by Barra
lets just say i now know why outremers are so fast - they are built VERY light. I could flex the hulls by hand and knocking the composite felt very light. the catana sounded and felt very solid on the other hand.
Dear Barra SMJ Sandcrab and everyone else..
I cannot own to being even handed as I have an Outremer
40/43.. In reply to Baras comment about lightness, one needs to judge by what is inside not the skin.. The Outr is built on two beams between the hulls shaped a lot like staples They are fitted to the hull
from from the deck
to the keel
... you won't budge or flex the joint without breaking the entire boat into very little bits.. The beams themselves they are made of encapsulated cold moulded marine
ply of varying thickness depending on location.. the front beam has diagonal braces inside from the mast
step to the the hulls to create a ridged box.. There are seven bulkheads down each hull
(in 43 ft of boat) ...and longitudinal stringers between the bulkheads.. The phrase that comes to my mind is build like a brick S***T house... The Beams also have enough buoyancy to float the tub IF
you manage to flip it..
Sure I can felx the skin between the ribs but that is not where is needs rigidity..
The photos from the cabin
look fore & aft from the steps into the hulls showing the bulkheads either side of the steps then both faces of the forward beam and the crash bulkhead with the internal hatch
.. the mess in the engine
room looks at the solid forward face of the aft beam and webbed aft face as it attaches to the hull.. (the mess is because I am changing the sound insulation) ..
A big sailing difference is the mainsheet arrangement.. The Outr has a traveller and 4:1 block system on two 40 winches and clutches. The Cata has two winches which both attach to the boom in a triangle..
The Cata does have asymmetric
hulls whereas the Outr has simple symetric hulls..