Self righting sailing cat "something else"

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  1. DennisRB
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    I saw a strange looking vessel being towed up a ramp the other day and had to go talk to the owner. It was a cat (6-7 metres) with a massive dome cabin. The owner/builder/designer told me its a cat the right way up, a mono hull on its side and a monohull when upside down. But becuase of the large dome it will will flip back on its hulls when knocked down. He says he has been knocked down entering bars in it and it flipped back up. He went on for ages about its design features.

    The massive cabin is taller than it's beam and has heaps of room and extends right to the outer edge of the hulls, so there is only deck space in the rear cockpit, and to get to the bow you must go through the cabin.
     
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    Any chance of pictures??
     
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    Quote… DennisRB
    The massive cabin is taller than it's beam

    Is this a sailing cat? I imagine windage would be quite a problem…
     
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    Yes it is a sailing cat with a rig from a skiff, it also has a 25hp motor. My mate took pics. I will try and get them. I think windage would be a problem but the owner says it points 50 degrees.
     
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    Here she is in all her glory. :?:
     

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    What, no comments on this elegant design? :p
     
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    My mom ("mum" to you Limeys and Aussies) taught me that when I couldn't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. :)

    Ah, heck, I can't resist: I can see that she'd be self-righting .... but .... maybe a better design wouldn't get knocked down so often? :confused:
     
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    :p

    Probably wouldn't self right in flat water, but would with some waves. Has self righted before according to the owner. I think I would be happier with a keel (and probably faster).
     
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    Self righting sailing cat

    Is it possibly the trees growing from the dome which facilitate the 'righting' motion...'Green side up'...and all that.:confused:
     
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    Where is the helm? Even with ones head stuck over the side, navigating must be an unpleasant challenge.
     
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    Self righting sailing cat

    I'm told it comes with a trained giraffe as navigator....:D
     
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    Ditch the mast!

    I reckon this hull could make a great motorsailer. Say two 40 HP 4 stroke outboards for any direction that is with the wind on the beam or more forward. Also ditch the conventional rig and sails and use a large traction kite such as an "Outleader" for rapid progress in any downwind direction.
    Advantages would be the huge accomodation space, self righting ability, and modest running costs.
    http://www.outleader.com/photos.php
     
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    There are some children only a mother could love...
     
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    Self righting sailing cat

    Yes, true Trev. That's what your mother was saying the other night down at the pub....:p
     

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    If it doesn't have any sails, it wouldn't need to be self righting, would it?:confused:

    There's an ugly cat down in Bristol harbour - I'll try and snap it on my way home.
     
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