Re-purpose Hobie 17 into tri daysailer?

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  1. andygump5405
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    andygump5405 New Member

    Folks, I own a Hobie 17 Getaway and have enjoyed sailing it a lot but looking for a daysailer with more protection from elements spray etc.
    I'm a newbie with no design experience, recently retired, and a yearning to build a trailerable trimaran. Problem : very low budget and limited room to store boats plural. I have experience in both molded and moldless glass construction (custom built aircraft). My first thought is to split my cat and stick a 20' hull in the middle between the 2 akas, all 3 hulls nose on. This should give me a fairly square (ish) planform with the best of the aka bouyancy as far forward as I can get. Is this a bad idea? I want to utilize as much of the cat as I can, but realize that I might find the existing mast sail combo inadequate to drive a heavier boat (empty will probably be at least double the weight of the cat).
     
  2. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

  3. andygump5405
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    andygump5405 New Member

    Bajansailor
    thanks very much for your quick and helpful reply. I now have followed several threads using beach cats for the akas so I guess the idea has some merit. Read the Strike 18 post(s) with interest.
     

  4. upchurchmr
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    upchurchmr Senior Member

    Have you looked at all the similar threads for building frankenstein tris?
     
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