Can this catamaran be saved?

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by garypotgieter, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. garypotgieter
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    garypotgieter Junior Member

    Word has gotten out that I am looking for a project boat and people have started sending me what they have. This is the latest project sent to me.

    I have a few thousand questions for the owner but the BIGGEST is since the cat has been cut in half can that be fixed structurally ? Will that always be a weak area?

    Thanks everyone
     

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  2. garypotgieter
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    garypotgieter Junior Member

    Forgot to add she is a wildcat 35 and has been outside since the start of the project
     
  3. luff tension
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    luff tension Junior Member

    Anything can be saved if you have the time, skills, money and space to do it.
    Potentially it could be but given the amount of boat not there, and the two pieces it's in, I would consider building new rather than rebuilding that unless it was free and came with a whole bunch of decent building materials and equipment.
     
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  4. fallguy
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    fallguy Senior Member

    The project needs to be free if anything was done wrong. i.e. cut in half

    You'd be talking away his problem and making it yours.

    The cut in half bit I would say can be remedied. Bigger question is why was it cut in half? Did the builder get mad at his major error elsewhere and drunk and brought out the sawzall? Or is all the work poor? And then is it polyester? You would be very unhappy if the core was already wet in places.

    Lots to considerz
     
  5. Yellowjacket
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    Yellowjacket Senior Member

    RUN FOREST RUN!!!!!
     
  6. JamesG123
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    JamesG123 Senior Member

    Yeah.... if you are asking that question, its a good indication that cat is too big a bite for you to handle.

    Most likely because its been moved over the road at least once since the hull was molded. Likely a few times. I wonder how many "builders" its had.
    She's just landfill now. Darn shame.
     
  7. Mr Efficiency
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    Mr Efficiency Senior Member

    Pretty hard to judge much without seeing the situation at first hand.
     
  8. JamesG123
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    JamesG123 Senior Member

    The photos paint the typical sad picture of a failed build.
     
  9. Mr Efficiency
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    Mr Efficiency Senior Member

    If anything looks "bad" in a photo, it usually looks worse in the flesh, but you don't really know till you see it.
     
  10. fluffflinger
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    fluffflinger Junior Member

    Firewood in my opinion. Didn't they have a rather dubious heritage to start with, delamination etc??? Looked at one in Tampa years ago and walking across the decks sounded like cracking ICE under my feet.
     

  11. TI TI
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    TI TI New Member

    Couldn't fix broken beams. You don't want a catamaran cracking in the middle on your ocean. I've been through it in Brittany. Look at these pictures. A professional skipper and a boatshop signed them as good. Anyone want the boat? Nice Wharram Pahi 31, - here you can replace structural parts - you want it new, I would not stitch old plywood.
     

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