Who designed the Great Barrier express?

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  1. azjeepluvr
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    Saw this boat online for sale but it was sold. I am looking for a trailer cat. This one is 18ft I think can't find much on it. I am looking for American plans for a weekender catamaran. thanks in advance.
     
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    Sorry guys it was called little barrier express. Do you have any suggestions for an American builder of a trailerable cat. Kinda like Slider but with a cabin? Thanks
     
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    "Do you have any suggestions for...a trailerable cat?" - Life jackets and a Bible? (Just a joke, good luck)
     
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    Here are a few pics

    Little barrier express??????? What is this?
     

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    Pretty funny....lol
     
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    Thanks mate. The Jarcat is close and I like it but I like the lines of the little barrier more. No chance of getting plans huh? Sure wish someone in the USA would design a boat like the Little Barrier. The reason is I don't feel to comfortable with Metric.
     
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    Doubt there are plans for the little GBE, but the jarcat can easily be made to look more rounded, just strip plank the corners to get a round in them.

    Look through here for plans
    http://www.google.com.au/search?sou...cat&aq=4&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=ross turner&gs_rfai=

    Perhaps Mike Waller? http://www.wallerdesign.com.au/tc670.html
     
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    Do you prefer one over the other? First time boat building. I haven't seen either one of these in person. What about in light wind? Does one sail better than the other. They look like exactly what I am looking for. Do you know if I can get plans using American standard system instead of metric.:) thanks for all your help.
     
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    The waller as the plans are cheaper, but really, that is no way to pick a design

    I have seen J5's and 6's and while not my cup of tea I could appreciate the concept and it's uses in protected waters.

    No idea
    Have a wade through the links I gave you, perhaps there are some sort of race results for Bay to Bay or similar that may indicate if they sail in light air.


    I suggest you contact the designers and ask, but in all honesty I would suggest you get with the rest of the world and use metric ;)

    And put your port/starboard marks on the correct side of the channel like the rest of the world;)

    Thats ok
     
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    Wouldn't know where to begin with metric. I am bad enough with the USA form....lol I have 40 plus years without Metric. I didn't want to start a project out not knowing what the mesurement were.

    I like the trailer cat because I live in AZ. and would have to trailer to the water. Plus I thought this would be a good family project.

    Thanks again you have been a huge help. I am looking at the Rebelcat now....lol
     
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    The Little Barrier trailer Cat was first built with a mini keel on each hull. This was followed by the Little Barrier Sprinter on which the mini-keels are replaced with a centre board through the bridge deck directly behind the mast. This takes up no extra space as there is a fore & aft divider which leads to the mast support in that position on the earlier version. The sprinter version has a slightly taller mast and increased sail area. I think there were only 2 of the sprinter versions made before the factory was destroyed by fire. One of them was sold to someone in USA after being used in Brisbane for about 2years and I have the other one. I have all the original sales brochures and many photos which I can forward by email. I will be keeping this boat for one more trip to Harvey Bay, Great Sandy Strait, Platypus Bay & Wathumba Creek. 3 of us spent a week at a time on this boat with no problems at all the boat . rob@custoncables.net.au

    cuscab
     

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    Agree with Sabercat, dont be afraid of building to metric plans, it is MUCH easier than the stone age system we us, if you can count to 10 you are good to go, the most important piece of advice i can give is buy metric only tape measures and do not spend any time at all trying to convert back to american, pretty soon you will be thinking in metrics and life will be good. When i first came to the US i was brought in along with a few other Kiwi boatbuilders to build a 64ft strip planked ketch to a Kiwi design (metric) we had a bunch of locals helping on the projects and we ended up confiscating all their tape measures and replacing them with metric only ones, they were spending all their time converting and not getting any work done.
    Steve.
     
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