Quik kids cat

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  1. Richard Woods
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    Which implies the boat would be awash at the given load (and sink if it were overloaded). Thank you for the compliments on my website. I am updating it nearly daily now. I added several more articles just now

    To messabout. No apologies needed, I also design successful row/sailboats eg

    http://sailingcatamarans.com/index.php/designs/1-beach-cats-and-dinghies-/3-linnet

    But I have found, from my sailing instructing days, that given the choice, most kids will go for the beach cat rather than the slower Mirror or Topper (for example). "Please Dad I want to go faster"

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  2. waikikin
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  3. boatindad
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    Well

    So I feel a little disrespectful but I started dispite the advice agsinst. I would like to use a kite not sails. And for 200 dollars if I fail we learn either way. I modified the back half of the boat to give a flat transom and more volume I might need to adjust it for stictch and glue, I don't want to torture my ply . I am not savy enough to post pics I have been taking some.
     
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    If you didn't go your own way after listening then you wouldn't be one of us.

    The nice thing about all the opinions is you still will learn something or think things thru better and it will help with your own idea.
     
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    Thank you sir
     
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    Please don't call me sir, I'm old enough as it is. :D

    Marc
     
  7. messabout
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    Richard; You are right that the kids almost always want to go faster. I have great respect for multis. Go fast is great fun. I once had an A- cat and also crewed on Tornados. Not enough, I built a tacking proa that was pretty quick and fun to sail.

    Maybe the most fun ever was with a derelict Hobie "12" that the devil made me buy at a garage sale for a pittance. The short little cat would really rip considering its size. I found that it was dangerous in a breeze and sought to reduce the risk of pitchpoling the little beast. I built a horizontal foil to mount between the bows just above the static waterline, gave it a SWAG bit of incidence angle and that fixed the whole lee bow problem. Some other Hobie sailors said that it behaved like a motocrosser. It would leap waves and wakes.

    All that go fast is/was great but I was an experienced sailor who knew what not to do. For a family who has never sailed, I still think maybe a mono would be a better choice. When they become fairly good sailors they can then graduate to a quicker boat like one of your small cats.

    The OP is proceeding with his build and I wish him and his kids the best of luck and hijinks.
     
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    update

    It snowed today in Columbus so no progress but here ares some photos.
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  9. boatindad
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    forgot the skipper

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  10. Navygate

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    Wonderful!!
    This is the stuff childhoods are made of.
    Remember, no swearing in front of the kids.
    :)
     
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    He's in the middle of a build, its a little late for other options.
     
  13. Navygate

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    And what a build it is.
    Fantastic Boatindad!
    Carry on.
    More pictures please (now that you've figured out how to post them).
    :)
     
  14. Trent hink
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    Hi, it looks like a good experiment.

    Do you have any traction kite experience? What kite do you plan to use?

    Are you planning some kind of rudder? Foot pedal steering?
     

  15. Petros
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    you might make a simple 10' long 2x4 mast and make a sail from a sheet of Tyvek or a plastic tarp to get out on the water. Than you can take your time building and experimenting with a kite after you have some time on the water with it, sort out any issues using conventional but simple sail first.
     
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