demountable catamaran for the caribbean and south pacific

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  1. brian eiland
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    https://sites.google.com/a/hucke-media.de/maram36/home---english

    On this site we shortly introduce the cruiser catamaran "MARAM" designed by the ingenious constuctor Heinz-Jürgen Sass.

    Because we want to buy a bigger boat, we sell our Maram. This catamaran is easy, fast and comfortable. Se sails very agile, and sails very close hauled to the wind. This boat is very seaworthy and has a great range through her high average speed.

    She can sail in even at less than 80 cm of shallow water. Sailing before the wind even in only 60 cm water she still remains controllable. The daggerboards are "kick-up" type, the rudder can be lifted vertically.

    Despite her sporting character up to 8 people can sleep, there are two double bunks an 4 single berths. Galley with oven, refrigerator, solar panels, navigation, radar, etc.

    We have done significant improvements to the rig, comfort and base. So her equipment is up-to-date.
     
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    I looked and couldn't find a line drawing of the Maram 36 rig. There's not much out there about that design.

    The early Prouts had the mast shoved aft too. Anyone know what the thinking was back then for moving the rig aft like that?
     
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    the thinking afa I remeber was
    1 to get a lifting component from the foresail because of the big angle to the vertical of the forestay &
    2 to improve windward performance with the larger foresail
    3 lighten the pressure on the leebow

    the Prouts were fairly extreme in this, but Newick had it too with masts at 50% length & not to forget Crowther with Twiggy
     
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    Prout Rig Problems

    ...several 'less than optimal' features...


     
  7. catsketcher
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    Much of the time you will find that a mast is placed where it is because of structure. The Twiggy was a boat I owned and lived on. Lock drew the rig far back because he wanted to get the Centre of effort of the rig far aft. He also got the mast at the front of the cockpit where a short handed crew could easily adjust all the controls.

    I don't think that racing has every shown a large jib small main boat to be faster (unless it uses unrated overlap like the IOR boats of the S and S style - one boat was supposed to have won a race without its main). If you look at fast boats then they all have relatively large mains. The faster they go the larger the proportion of the mainsail until like C class and AC boats they only use headsails in light winds and downwind.

    I think the Maram probably has the mast situated on a bulkhead. Usually bulkheads are spaced pretty far apart so after the designer went in that spiral they do the eventual compromise of all different factors led to the mast ending up in that position.
     
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    Twiggy, what a cool design. It was Crowthers answer to Newicks Val, right? Could you sail your Twiggy under mainsail only or was it weird like that?
     
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    Yes it was Lock's Val. I interviewed Dick a couple of times and when I saw him in person we talked Twiggys. He remembers squeezing Lock into his Herreshoff canoe and paddling out to Third Turtle at the end of the 76 OSTAR the morning that Mike Birch came in. Lock was there hoping to welcome Spirit of America (which he built as well as designed) but she retired. Dick said as he paddled them both around he could see Lock thinking.

    When I asked Lock about the boat he said as he was being paddled around he thought "I can design a boat that will beat that". Sadly I don't know of a Twiggy and a Val ever going up against each other.

    The Twiggy could sail fine with only a main up. You just couldn't sheet the main in tight. I could even tack her but you had to be pretty smooth and ready to dump main as soon as the rudder thought about giving way.
     
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    That's a great story. I was surprised to read that you lived on your Twiggy because I keep thinking how it would be to live on a tiny Val. But I just refreshed my memory by looking at images of the Twiggy for the first time in years and it looks like it's a lot more roomy than the Val. I bet she was a joy to sail, right?
     
  11. catsketcher
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    Good sea boat with full head room. About 15% of the usable interior room of my modest 38ft cat but still we cruised her with two adults and a baby for 18 months.
     

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    Surprising what we can made-do with in our youth :D
     
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