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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Originally Posted by capt vimes View Post
it appears that you have one of those catalac catamarans - right?
and you have the guts to pick at such a design: (first one)
Lock Crowther Study Plans
not to step on your toes, but these catalacs are the worst cat designs i have ever seen... they look more like a motor cat where the designer has simply put a mast up...
some key features: 18,500 pds (that's 8,1 t) for a 12 m boat?
i know ballasted monohulls of that length which weigh only have that mass... the 50 foot crowther weighs only 16,500 pds ...
no clearance under the enormous bridgedeck which extends all the way to the bows - motor cat again?
a length/beam ratio of only 42 %? the crowther has 60%...

have you ever been in some serious weather with some good seaway with such a cat?
i'd really like to hear, how that thing behaved...


More internet armchair experts..

A 12 meter Catamaran displaces 18,000 lbs. From that same website you referenced.........

Solaris 42 24,640 lbs
Admiral 40 18,739 lbs
Dean 400 18000 lbs
Catalac 12M 18,500 lbs

Displacement is not the same as "weight" now is it?

Catalac catamarans regularly cross oceans. There are two examples on that same website, if you bothered to read it.

Also a Catalac 12M survived the Queen's Birthday Storm, at ground zero.

Google it.

It was very impressive as every monohull caught in that same storm rolled, and was dismasted with serious injuries and deaths.

Your ignorance just trashed one of the most sea worthy catamarans of them all.

And by the way I love that website reference you used. I ought to, I wrote it.

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