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Old 01-05-2007, 06:16   #1

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Kennex Catamarans

I am aware that Pro Kennex have not produced catamarans for some time, but has any body have any experience of sailing and especially owning one, if so I would like to hear their pro's and con's especially the 380.

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Old 16-12-2008, 16:17   #2
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I have a 1993 Kennex 380. I haven't sailed it much yet, but it seems to be a performance boat. I sailed thru a storm and had only 3 wave slams, a tremendous improvement over my former Prout 37. I live aboard. The design wasn't planned for that, e.g. a cockpit enclosure will be difficult, the engine driven fridge had to go, and access to the cabin table is difficult. Contact me if you have questions.

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Old 17-12-2008, 00:49   #3
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I had a good pro kennex squash racket once (-;

They seemed a bit ahead of there time with those carbon ringframes

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Old 19-12-2008, 13:33   #4
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Pro Kennex sold the boat division to Dufour which then split it off as Nautitec.
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Old 14-03-2009, 07:16   #5
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I'm John Ruppel, currently residing in St. Augustine, looking for a live-aboard sailboat to cruise from the southern Bahamas to New England.
I'm piggybacking on your response to ireany's query about the Kennex 380. One just came on the market in Mobile, and my wife and I are wondering whether it would be worth the 1000 mile round-trip to look at her. I have a bunch of generic questions about the Kennex; if you'd be willing to give me a few minutes, please drop me a post at If you'd prefer to do this over the phone, just email your phone#.

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Old 14-03-2009, 07:44   #6
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Pro Kennex

I owned a Pro Kennex back in the 90's and thought it was a well built catamaran. The 18 horse engines were lacking, the galley head height was not made for anyone taller than 5-9" and the fuel capacity was not enough for extended cruising. I was able to enclose the cockpit very easily with screening. Here in TX the enclosed cockpit was really nice in all weather. I remember the wiring seemed to have some problems as well. I do know that after owning a catamaran I now recognize that they are great for shallow water cruising and living at anchor but the motion offshore on long passages can be irritating. I am now torn as I look for my next boat which way to go. I love the motion of a monohull offshore but love the catamaran inshore and at anchor (does that mean I should try a trimaran?). I sold my catamaran to a couple in Canada and they ended up taking it through the canal up to Canada and eventually through the South Pacific. Their boats name is Mustang Sally.
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Old 14-03-2009, 21:11   #7
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Catamarans follow the shape of the water, which can be jerky at times. But I have sailed across the Atlantic in a 41 monohull which in light wind would roll 30 degrees to each side every 4 seconds for 10 hours at a stretch - enough to make you scream! The sails had to be taken down because of the explosive slam on each roll.
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Re: Kennex Catamarans

I met some people on the dock in San Diego yesterday who have just completed a circumnavigation in a Kennex cat.
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I owned an 89 kennel 380 for 4 years. Boat was great but as I bought it out of a foriegn charter co. I had to redo a lot of things, but as someone said was a great boat in1989

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