Power Catamaran play boat?

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by hotrdd, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. hotrdd
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    I’ve had a fascination with power catamarans since I was a kid. Years ago I even started designing one but I have no idea what happened to all of my work. Somehow life got in the way and I lost some time. It also didn’t help that I moved from the Great Lakes to Alberta where the lakes aren’t so great. But recently after doing a bunch of bikes and cars I have started to think more about boating and I’m considering a long term plan of trying to build a boat again. I have a HUGE shop and have all of the required tools for any direction I want to go so skills and tools are not a concern. The question is what to build and design and what materials to use.

    I’m thinking of something small between 21’-27’ that I can use on calm lakes. Biggest waves I’ve seen here are only 2-3 feet. But I’m thinking of a catamaran that I could also us for fishing, tubing with the kids and possible some other water play. I really just want something different than everyone else. I just need an idea what designs and boats styles to start looking at.

    Besides the weird wakes. Why aren’t people using catamarans for skiing and tubing? Has anyone ever done a wood catamaran hmmmm.
     
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  3. hotrdd
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    Thanks. I’ll definitely take a look.

    At first glance these look like they are a little bigger than what I am looking for. I definitely need it to be easily trailer-able as I don’t have real water anywhere close by. That means a 2-5 hr. pull every time it goes in the water.
     
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    Anyone have any idea where to start with finding some plans?
     
  6. Grey Ghost
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    Recommend Richard Woods Designs.

    - Different than most of the other boats on the lake

    - Fun. Read his cruising blog about his trip in the power cat. It's got enough power to pull a tuber.

    - Economical.

    Gas prices aren't going down. In a few years when other boats are parked in the garage you'll feel good having a Woods powercat on the water. You won't have to have guilt pushing it to full throttle or worry you only have a few more years of being able to run it.
     
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  9. Rurudyne
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    I remember reading about this lady who skied behind Thunderbird ... it may have helped to get a lot of that out of her system. :)

    PS: I'm still thinking a coin-op throttle on a high power boat might be a selling point to frugal owners with gas happy relatives....
     
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