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Old 25-05-2016, 16:33   #1
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Storage of bigger items in hulls

Just curious - has anyone seen any catamaran hulls converted this way, with opening gates, to accept bigger items in the hulls. Engines have to be moved forward to make this possible, but it's very interesting idea for storing, for example, jetski.




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Old 25-05-2016, 19:33   #2
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Re: Storage of bigger items in hulls

There is a company in Europe, Neel, that converts cats into the kind of boat you pictured.

So you move the engines fore, and where do you have the cabins then?

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Old 25-05-2016, 20:01   #3
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Re: Storage of bigger items in hulls

Seems like a lot of weight placed at the stern of the cat but I guess it depends on how long the cat is?


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Old 25-05-2016, 21:57   #4
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Re: Storage of bigger items in hulls

It's a tri. A cat has two hulls
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Old 25-05-2016, 21:58   #5
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It's a tri. A cat has two hulls

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Re: Storage of bigger items in hulls

Oops, you're right. Sorry.
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Old 25-05-2016, 22:34   #7
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Seems like a lot of weight placed at the stern of the cat but I guess it depends on how long the cat is?
You are right, this kind of conversion only makes sense on bigger cat.

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There is a company in Europe, Neel, that converts cats into the kind of boat you pictured.

So you move the engines fore, and where do you have the cabins then?
Well, for example, this Neel 65 has so many cabins that sacrificing some space is no problem (of course, this is trimaran with single engine, so no engines to move).
With cats there's different story, but if cat is big enough (55-60ft) I think that's possible, a specially if combine moving of the engines with extending hulls a little bit.
Ideally that should be designed by manufacturer, just make cabins a little smaller to accommodate this storage. I'm surprised that there are no known boats with this kind of conversion. There are some rich guys for sure willing to pay couple millions $ for cat with toy storage like this. Then we could buy these cats second hand few years later

You said that Neel does conversions? Do you know any finished project (I'm talking about catamaran, not their production trimarans)
This Neel 65 is awesome boat, but 1. It can not be beached 2. It's a little too big and 3. It's way too expensive (for me, at least) and only one exists so far.
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Old 25-05-2016, 22:43   #8
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Re: Storage of bigger items in hulls

BTW, to all complaining about jetski weight. There's Sea-Doo Spark that weights only 159kg (that's less than weight of two average men!). While it doesn't have extreme performance, it's still fun to play with
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Old 26-05-2016, 02:28   #9
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Re: Storage of bigger items in hulls

"There are some rich guys for sure willing to pay couple millions $ for cat with toy storage like this."

I think you will find the guys with North of 2 million to spend on a boat with toy access find the big stick with the white things hanging on it, tend to obstruct the his and hers Helipads.

But hey you never know.
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"There are some rich guys for sure willing to pay couple millions $ for cat with toy storage like this."

I think you will find the guys with North of 2 million to spend on a boat with toy access find the big stick with the white things hanging on it, tend to obstruct the his and hers Helipads.

But hey you never know.
LOL ))) If companies build sailing cats at $2-3 million a piece and more! (and they do), there should be some buyers for them as well. I don't think ALL of these cats go to charter, do they?

I think nowadays something with helipad cost at least dozen of millions, and north of that
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Re: Storage of bigger items in hulls

Helipads are cheap.
There's a massive superyacht currently in the local marina that has a similar-sized auxiliary boat anchored outside.
The extra boat carries supplies, a big powerboat, jetskis, a helicopter that lives on an elevator pad. The helipad drops below deck (like on an aircraft carrier) when not in use.
There's apparently also a car and a crane to lift it onto a dock from the hold.
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Re: Storage of bigger items in hulls

awe man.....i just somewhere better to put the surfboards than strapping them to the railing..... plus it'd be nice to get the jerry cans and the emergency water tubs off the deck..... that, and guitars and a keyboard don't fit well in the lockers....There's a few boats round here with a pot plant or 2 on them. I'd like some fresh herbs....but where to stow it when at sea? i'd have to find somewhere else for the kettle......and the kids want a dog! man if i had a few mill i'd get a monohull built with our other lifestyle choices in mind.....
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Re: Storage of bigger items in hulls

Seems like a solution looking for a problem.

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Re: Storage of bigger items in hulls

Not even sure you would need to move the engines forward.

Assuming 4'draft and 6' freeboard, that's probably a little less than 10' of height in the back of the hull to work with. Provide a 5' tall engine room and have a second floor for the jetski. Even if the heights are 2-3' less, you could still stack them.
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Not even sure you would need to move the engines forward.

Assuming 4'draft and 6' freeboard, that's probably a little less than 10' of height in the back of the hull to work with. Provide a 5' tall engine room and have a second floor for the jetski. Even if the heights are 2-3' less, you could still stack them.
The hulls are usually not as tall at the very back, am I wrong?
And I'm not sure if jetski hanging right above diesel engine is a good idea, but that could be one of the options.
The question is - why no known conversions like this? I don't believe I'm first who's suggesting this.
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