How to (with pictures) build a Mosquito catamaran in tortured ply

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Corley, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. Corley
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    Corley epoxy coated

    Found this great write up on building a mosquito catamaran in tortured ply on the Victorian Mosquito Catamaran Association site. Might be a good reference for someone who wants to build a tortured ply catamaran be it a mosquito, tornado or A class. The attachment has some tortured ply plans for an early A class. There are also plans for "Houlton" tornado in tortured ply available on the web.

    http://home.vicnet.net.au/~mosquito/documents/building.php

    The Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction also has a section on tortured ply construction it's available free at the following link in .pdf form.

    http://www.westsystem.com/ss/assets/HowTo-Publications/GougeonBook%20061205.pdf

    Here are the building instructions to the early Jerry Houlton Tornado plan.

    http://bulsailing.com/images/content/85/houlton-tornado-plans.pdf

    and the tornado plans from thebeachcats.com

    http://www.thebeachcats.com/pictures/?g2_itemId=11015
     

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  2. Corley
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    Quite large cats and tris can be built with the tortured ply method and Malcolm Tennant designed and made plans available for several. Obviously many of the regulars on the forum will know about all this but I thought since there are new visitors to the site all the time it might be interesting to put up some links to resources and plans relating to the method. Here is a link to the redshift plans.

    http://www.tennantdesign.co.nz/index.php?page=red-shift

    Some of the New Zealand 8.5 multis built with this method have remained competitive over many years John Teztelaff's cat comes to mind as does the earlier incarnation of the trimaran Timberwolf which If I recall correctly was built with tortured or stressed ply construction. The other famous trimaran built using tortured ply method is the Gougeons Adagio.

    Many on this forum have a more detailed knowledge than I on these boats but I hope this will assist new members in some preliminary knowledge and information so they can consider building with this method.
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2012
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