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Old 09-12-2009, 15:10   #1
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Mystery Catamaran

I have purchased a Catamaran of unknown design and origin. I would very much like to figure out who the designer was and possible find the original plans. I was told that it is a Crowther design and that it was built in a shipyard in Ontario Canada. I have no way of knowing if any of this is true, but I hope that with a couple of photos I can get some help with this puzzle.

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Old 09-12-2009, 15:16   #2
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I have purchased a Catamaran of unknown design and origin.
What an "unusual" thing to do
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I'm sure we've all seen stranger things!

Without knowing any of the details, I find your statement, Cat Man Do, even more unusual!
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Sorry you find it so

I've never purchased a boat, or car, or anything of substantial outlay without at least first knowing what it is I am buying first.

But, perhaps you got it really really cheap.
Then I would be asking myself WHY is it really really cheap

I cant think of a Crowther that that would be either, just had a flick through what remains of my design book
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Good News! It's not the one I saw sinking on the reef at Trellis Bay last year.
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Bomber, That's a nice looking cat, it has features I appreciate. Is that the mast next to it? I can't help with the designer but I'm sure you'll get some positive responses as there are many knowledgable members on the forum. If you can, dimensions may be helpful. Length, beam, bridgedeck clearance etc. Are those low aspect ratio fixed keels? Are there daggers or centerboards in addition to what I see in the photo? Good luck. Dave
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Need more info. When was she built? Who was the previous owner? Any history on the boat? Also the dimensions. Looks like a cat a guy I know built around 92/93. Did it have a hot tub in it?
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It looks like a one off boat. Perhaps a Roger Simpson design? The hulls do NOT look like a Crowther design. Would be awesome if you could include a photo from the front, and a pic of the salon. I'm having trouble working out just where the mast is to be stepped???
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Also of interest are the two big lumps of timber coming out of the stem of each bow.

Is this vessel up in Asia somewhere?
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Hi Bomber

It does not look like a simpson for starters it does not have his design marks,It may be be a kelsal kockoff.
A lot of these are knocked of other designers(no probs with that if you know what you are doing).Don't bother looking at the superstructure everyone changes these keep your eye on the hull shape ,It is the answer.

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Bomber,
Good question to set multihull enthusiasts! The Hull shape and design does help to exclude certain designers. The rake of the bows is such to exclude Lock Crowther, as far as a Derek Kelsall design is concerned not sure the hulls come off his drawing board - the amount of bustle though small, makes it hard for non-production line yards to build (and that's where most of Kelsalls designs are put together)

The Prow extensions are intriguing :-

Bomber, if you said the boat was built in Thailand or built for a Thai or built for someone who loves Thailand , Then we would know that the Prows were there to protect the lives of the Skipper and his crew from the demons of the sea.
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Good question to set multihull enthusiasts! The Hull shape and design does help to exclude certain designers. The rake of the bows is such to exclude Lock Crowther,

Lock went through many design phases, including raked bows. Check out his witness 35 design.

Judging by other design factors like tiny keels, cockpit way aft and general profile I'm not sure it could be attributed to any one, designer. Are the timber prow extensions part of another vessel in the background.?
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Lock went through many design phases, including raked bows. Check out his witness 35 design.
Ummmm, try a heavily bastardised Eureka 32 I would suggest

(bastardised eureka pic)



Although I could be wrong

I just found this while trying to drag up Eureka pictures


http://sailboatdata.com/VIEWRECORD.ASP?CLASS_ID=5237

Perhaps it was a design not heard of in Oz specifically for the charter market
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Are the timber prow extensions part of another vessel in the background.?
Have a good look at the enlarged image.
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Have a good look at the enlarged image.
Thanks for the advice laidback. I looked at the picture and was hoping Bomber could shed some light on these.
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