Originally Posted by solarbri
Hey there Gideon,
I'm rather new to this forum and this is my first post.
I've been reading all of your posts involving your progress developing your FastCat's and the "green-motion" drive system. What a great job!
I do believe that my wife and kids
(currently one @ almost 3, and the other @ 7 months) will be in the market for a Cat in 2 to 5 years from now.
I've been dreaming of Gunboats and CatAlibi's for months now, but after reading more and more about your philosophies and the revolutionary green motion drive/charge system... well lets say you are topping the current
I'm not sure what size cat we will need, but I hope to be capable to comfortably cruise
the world in safety
I'd love to see more and more pictures and details both here and on your website.
I'd also love to know when and where you will be so I can hopefully see one of your boats first hand. Any plans on sailing to the Carribean? When? Maybe we could charter
a boat around the same time and meet up for an afternoon? Or any where in the US for that matter.
When the time is right, I hope the old lady will let me dip into the bank account and purchase
one of your fantastic vessels! The fact that we live off the grid using solar
and wind power right now makes your "GreenMotion" thing that much more desirable to me, but most importantly to my wife!
A 40 to 48 ft cat would be ideal to live on with 4 people and the occasional guests .
With small children
you should make sure that whatever cat or yacht you purchase that it absolutely as children
safe as possible and people friendly.
You should be able to close of the rear cockpit
completely in order to create that extra living space in case of poor weather
or If you want a drink outside and have the children inside the saloon
to do their games .
make sure that the yacht is designed for single
handed because you or "your" young" lady will be with the kids often so you or she needs to be able to sail the boat . I have brought up 3 kids on our yachts and it can work really well but these conditions apply .
Very kid friendly and a
And for you a fast performer.
Yes I have plans to sail to the Caribbean
in November December in order to do the final test on the Green Motion system
We are almost done with the 3000 hour duration test , one week to go and have been improving the system as we went along.
The FastCat 455 Green Motion is halfway being build, hull
and bulkheads are ready and the deck
will be installed in 2 weeks after arrival of the 2 generators of 13 KW
We expect to launch her end the of June and will first do extensive testing here in the South Africa
She will have 1260 watts of solar power installed and 1 Air breeze masthead mounted wind generator
, if we ad the possible 6000 watts of generation threw its electric Motors we should be able to sail without using much fossil fuels en route
The generators are build in because sailing threw the doldrums can be a hassle without any wind.
We are installing 2 to minimize fossil fuel consumption
and make a better weight distribution.
If we have the motors running at 30 % power and the battery's are less than 50 % the gen set number 1 will start up , if we raise the power level to around 70 % the second gen set will automatically kick in. when not necessary they will also automatically stop when the battery
level is at 90 % .
If you want to receive newsletter on our range of FastCats
from 36 up to 58 feet let us know and we also send out a Green Motion newsletter.
Just inform us at