Catamaran ideas.

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  1. HCB66
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    I've been watching videos on catamarans. What about a catamaran built in three pieces that could be taken apart for transport over land to be stored etc. A smaller catamaran with a bolt on cockpit section could be taken apart and placed on a much smaller trailer for transport. Given the price of slips a boat like this could be an advantage.
    Also, from what I've seen boats in general tend to have their equipment in cramped compartments. I'm wondering about a basic boat with more accessaible equipment. Less trim and vinyl everywhere for one thing. Save that for the cabin , up on deck etc. It seems like a lot of this stuff is strictly for aesthetics and you end up paying for it when you need to fix something.
     
  2. JamesG123
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    Tons of threads all about that.

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  3. HCB66
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    Don't see anything there about a catamaran that can be taken apart or anything about design for ease of maintenance. What are you seeing?
     
  4. fallguy
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    I am building one.

    32' long

    Beams weigh about 110# each.

    Two hulls
    Four beams
    Cockpit sections
    Cabin

    A few more than 3 pieces.
     
  5. HCB66
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    I'd be interested in reading about your project if you've posted anything about it. Any videos as well.
     
  6. JamesG123
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    If you dig down into those threads most talk about how/if to make the hulls separable etc. amongst general "catiness". Esp. the Wharrams. Beware, its about a years worth of reading and link following...
     
  7. HCB66
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    True, best to just start a thread specific to the topic.
     
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    At the bottom of the linked page is a study plan.

    Richard also has two folding powercat plans; 20' and 24'.
     
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    I am about to build the beam sockets to link the hulls if my hip cooperates a bit.
     
  11. tspeer
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    Derek Kelsall has a whole collection of trailerable catamaran designs. His Amkat designs have hulls that fold under the bridge deck, and can have wheels mounted in the hulls so the hull becomes its own trailer. When the hulls are deployed, the wheels become build in fenders.
     
  12. Richard Woods
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    I also have a number of trailable/transportable catamaran designs both power and sail. From 18ft to 45ft. We had one of my 25ft Merlin designs for some years. Trailable of course. When cruising we fitted a small central cuddy with a double bunk. When racing we took the cuddy off and we used it as an open deck boat. The cuddy went on the back of our pickup truck and we slept in that.

    Some of my designs fold the hulls under, some are easily trailable, some are transportable, so you can build away from the water and assemble before launching. My first catamaran design was launched in 1980. I had two sets of beams, a narrow set for launching as I had to get the boat though a narrow lock gate. Then a wide set fitted once afloat (a bit tricky to change beams but we managed it)

    We startled fellow competitors at the 1992 European championships by unfolding our 22ft Wizard catamaran and wheeling it down the slipway on its built in wheels. 22ft, 5 berth, 3 cabins, standing headroom, proven 15+knot boat speed, proper galley with oven, separate toilet etc

    See more here www.sailingcatamarans.com

    Richard Woods of Woods Designs
     
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    Corley epoxy coated

    You might want to have a look at Cat2Fold the prototype is for sale at a very reasonable price. Kurt Hughes also put together some ideas for a smaller folding mechanism for a 30' version.

     
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  14. HCB66
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    If it's arthritis I've been trying something close to this. It seems to be knocking down my allergies and asthma quite a bit.
     

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    I need hip relacements.
     
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