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Old 29-10-2013, 17:40   #1
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Multi Hull builder in florida?

Ok, I figure this is as good a place to ask this somewhat off the wall question as any... so here goes...

A little backstory is that I've been building surfboards for over 12 years, and recently began restoring a Piver Nimble to live-aboard and sail to the Caribbean in the off season. During this process, I have become obsessed with multihull design, to the point of starting to build a small sailing outrigger to use as a general purpose dinghy/fishing/diving platform for the "big" boat.

I'm very familiar with fiberglass, resins, finish, wood and carpentry. And have my own perverted dreams of building my own design inspired by the Wharram Style cat at some point.

What I would like to know is this - are there mulitihull builders in Florida - as in manufacturers? I've done a bit of google searches, and have lists of boat manufacturers, but they are mostly center consoles or motor yachts. This will do, if that is all there are, but hopefully not.

I know of Boat Smith, and like what they are doing, for example.

I know it is labor intensive, relatively low wages, etc., but I'm hoping to learn how to apply my skill set, as well as a bit of hands on design along the way.

Any ideas?

Sorry if this sounds crazy, but what the hell...
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Old 29-10-2013, 18:15   #2
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Re: Multi Hull builder in florida?

Try Gemini by Hunter in Fla. Or Gunboat in North Carolina. Or Alpha in New York.
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Old 29-10-2013, 18:17   #3
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Re: Multi Hull builder in florida?

Thanks, have looked at the Hunter site, no mention of Gemini, but got their address.

Gunboat could be fun...!

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Old 29-10-2013, 18:39   #4
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Re: Multi Hull builder in florida?

The only one left that I know of is Endeavourcats in Clearwater. They build mostly power cats these days, but still list two sailcats that they'll build you if you want it. www.endeavourcats.com
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A little about Gemini and Hunter.
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Re: Multi Hull builder in florida?

Is Manta restarting again in FL?
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Old 29-10-2013, 19:21   #7
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thanks for all the feedback, really appreciate the recommendations!
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Re: Multi Hull builder in florida?

How about Twin Vee Catamarans

http://www.twinvee.com/index.htm

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3101 South US Highway 1
Fort Pierce, FL 34982
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Is Manta restarting again in FL?
The new guy is trying to raise the funds. I don't think they have a company yet or factory. He also says he wants to bring back Ocean Cats.
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Re: Multi Hull builder in florida?

Isn't there a member of this forum that builds warrams in FL?

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hey colemj,

I think the only people building Wharrams are Boat Smith. If there is someone else, that would be of interest indeed

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The Boatsmith thread. Really cool stuff.
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Re: Multi Hull builder in florida?

just saw the new Gemini in st Petersburg. holly cow what a new cat. We went bactk 2x to look at it.
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