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Old 29-10-2009, 12:45   #1
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Crowther-Designed Cats

The other day, I saw an ad for a custom-built, Crowther-designed catamaran. Doing a little research, it looks like Catana cats are Crowther-designed production boats. I've heard good things about the sailing capabilities of Catanas.

In general, what are the impressions of Crowther designs? Are they "good"? Any pros and cons?
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Old 29-10-2009, 14:48   #2
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We met an older couple in Fiji who were sailing on their Crowther 45 ft. It was built to their own specification (2ft more narrow to be able to cruise canadian rivers) and more payload capacity. It was sailing really good according to them and very solid. They had it built in Australia 2002.

45' Cruising Catamaran (Crowther 462) - Multihull Sailboats - Designs - Bloomfield Catamaran Designs

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Old 29-10-2009, 15:08   #3
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I'm unfamiliar with his cat designs but Loch Crowther designed some of the most cutting edge trimarans of the day. I have a friend with a Catana 47 and he likes it ok, good bridge deck clearance and a powerful rig but with twin diesels, freezer and refrigerater, washer and dryer, watermaker etc it ain't no Twiggy. I think 10knts is about it. Of course that's not too bad for a loaded cruiser. Crowther was a great designer. RIP Dave
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If I remember right they have been up to speeds at 14-16 knots

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Old 29-10-2009, 15:28   #5
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GoldRush launched 1984 & is still going strong. Although I limit the speed to under 22kts these days. We class ourselves as cruiser but do well in social racing. Have quite a lot of information on the various designs if you want it.
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The Crowther 56 is one of my favourite short-handed designs above 50ft. Fast / Gorgeous vessel.


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Old 29-10-2009, 16:43   #7
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Crowther cats

We love our 1973 Crowther spindrift, now called Cheshire. She started life at 37 feet and was stretched to 40. She has daggerboards, was converted from kickup to fixed rudders when stretched, we would like to go back to kick up at some point. We have sailed her from Cornwall to NZ and have beached her several times. In optimal conditions she will tack in 120. I (Susanne) could sail her alone if I had to.

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Not a bad sounding one here for sale and seemingly cheap and I think its the same design as Loch's own boat Deguello.


Crowther #95 Sailing Catamaran US $195k



I have sailed on this Crowther (below) a few times and she is pretty fast and also for sale with the same broker
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Note the nice big foam cored pre-bent carbon fibre wing mast.

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Looking for Photos

Does any one have a photo of Lock Crowther's 40' racing cat called "John West"

How about a photo of his 46' cruising design, "Vehia" or "Odara"
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Cool Re: Crowther-Designed Cats

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GoldRush launched 1984 & is still going strong. Although I limit the speed to under 22kts these days. We class ourselves as cruiser but do well in social racing. Have quite a lot of information on the various designs if you want it.
I always keep my speed under 22 kts as well.
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Does any one have a photo of Lock Crowther's 40' racing cat called "John West"

Note the marriage proposal on the sail

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John West 40' racer

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Re: Crowther-Designed Cats

The older Catanas were designed by Crowther. I believe the newer ones are built in France with different designers.
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