Small Power Cat

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Doug Lord, May 14, 2011.

  1. Doug Lord
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    Doug Lord Flight Ready

    Has anyone run into any small (under 18'-preferably 14-16'LOA-8' beam) power cat that could carry two for a couple weeks at a max of 12-15 knots with extreme fuel efficiency? Inside steering. Head. I'd build a "get home" rig.
    Sort of a power "daysailer-weekender". Only intercoastal/ lakes-must be trailerable.
    Something I've been thinking about for a long time and that I might be able to start to enjoy in a couple or three years.
     
  2. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    look up jarcat, perfect for what you describe.
     
  3. Doug Lord
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    Doug Lord Flight Ready

    Something to think about. Unfortunate that they don't appear to provide any design ratios , L/b of the hulls , cross clearance.
    Very few do, apparently. Thanks for the heads up.....
     
  4. Doug Lord
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    More tentative requirements:
    1) extremely comfortable(sumptuous) adjustable seats-two single inside.(see #4)
    2) two single berths or one berth for two.
    3) as mentioned: a head with pumpout equipment-not sure whats avail..
    4) possibly remote control engine and steering controls so you can control the boat from different places on board. I know its small but different "spaces" are possible and nice to have. Depends on cost. I've tested some of these that weren't too damn good.
    5) I will get help from a naval architect/marine engineer to make sure that the
    configuration chosen is extremely economical and as close to 12-15 knots cruising as feasible with economy of operation the priority.
    6) comfortable outside seating in at least two places.
     
  5. dstgean
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    dstgean Senior Member

    Two ideas: Richard Wood's new folders (although two fee too long)
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    ...and functional ECO 6 by Bernd Kohler.
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    Cramming it all into 18 feet makes it tough, but just doable.

    Dan
     
  6. Doug Lord
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    Doug Lord Flight Ready

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    Thanks,Dan-I'll look at them closely.
     
  7. fastpowerboats
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    fastpowerboats Junior Member

    Doug - will this be a planing craft?
     

  8. Doug Lord
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    Doug Lord Flight Ready

    Probably not. Why?
     
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