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Old 29-09-2008, 02:36   #1
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which trailerable cat??

hi there,
iv'e been looking around various websites for plans to build a trailerable cat. does anyone out there have any recommendations as quite a few of the sites lack decent detail about the boats- i suppose you have to buy the study plans first!
i'm looking for something that can comfortable accommodate 2 people for mainly weekend lake and coastal cruising and maybe be able to carry provisions for up to a week on occasion.
it should also be relatively easy to assemble/dissasemble and stabilty and comfort would be more important than performance.

thanks in advance

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Old 29-09-2008, 02:41   #2
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jarcat - Google Search

People that own Jarcats recon they are pretty good for what they are

Mike Waller does one as well
http://www.wallerdesign.com.au/tc670.html

Phil Thompson did this one
http://www.foldingcats.com/

Found this, know nothing of it
http://www.lightwing.com.au/cathome.htm

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Old 30-09-2008, 11:00   #3
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Here is a beauty:

Sea Tribe - custom catamarans

Unfortunately a performance cat?
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Old 30-09-2008, 11:55   #4
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Try a Google on Stiletto Catamarans.
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Here is a beauty:

Sea Tribe - custom catamarans

Unfortunately a performance cat?

I don't know if I would call this a performance cat, she sails well, but has a fixed bridgedeck, no netting in the cockpit. I have some pictures where they have added a big sprayhood for even more comfort.

IMO not in any way an extreme boat, rather a fun boat you can take the family away in.

I agree with Terho, this is a beauty, and well thought out as well!

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Richard Woods has some trailerable designs on his website, Woods Designs Sailing Catamarans

I don't know anything about any of them but Richard has been patient with my email questions and I'd expect he'd answer yours as well.
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These are some very interesting boats. I think that you could narrow your choice by deciding how much trainlering you want to do. The time it takes to rig and launch a boat can really take a bite out of the weekend, especially if you are too tired to jump right on it and sail away after putting it together. If tent camping on the bridge deck will do for a while, the scope of possibilities widens a bunch, and if you would like to spend a night or two in it one the road, it narrows down a bit, and requires a horsier tow car.

Kids grow up, and take more room, but with some planning, you will be able to move into a bigger boat in a favorite location about the time they are too big to tuck in!
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I'm not trying to talk you out of building if that's your dream. Building allows you to pick exactly what you want, take pride in creation and know it inside out. However, have you considered that it takes a long, long time to build, that materials such as plywood and resin are at all times highs, but it's a real buyers market for used boats now. For what it costs you to buy a new trailer, possibly buy a larger tow vehicle and build a small pocket cruiser, you could easily own a much larger solid boat and not have to spend a year or more building it.
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thanks for all the info
i've just been looking at used trailer sailers on ebay- i'll have to think about all the options- i was thinking (maybe mistakenly?)the cat route as they seemed more stable and you can sail them right onto the beach.

some nice looking cats out there though!! i stumbled across k-designs and especially liked the look of the duo 900. still 12 months is a long time to wait to get out there!

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Trailerable plus beachable plus accomodation inside means a foldable tri! not to mention performance!

Ive been looking also to the options.

with a folded max beam of 2.55m in the european roads, there is no way to get a trailerable cat to provide the accomadation spaces my family requires.

I really like the Dragonfly 920, which is just at the limit of trailerability, but I find it too expensive for my budget

i hope they better connect with the market with their new products moving away from their elitist pricing.

Farrier/corsair are also good options.
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