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  • Just for fun: The "Cat2Fold". A 36’ x 24’ Biplane-rigged, folding, trailerable, liveaboard cruising catamaran.

    Found it "on sale" over at Sailing Anarchy.

    https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/15590864_1281979195206159_8963206889999324017_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-2.xx&oh=d91b65cf456e6567ff81688f0f16a90d&oe=5D7DF3CB

    https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/18921079_1485420554862021_4491912427361749121_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-2.xx&oh=1e8f05cab04d437aa8d7db0fd7716578&oe=5DC34BF9

    https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/61568457_2661041730633225_5493033339294056448_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-2.xx&oh=f8eb5e6efb69d9a0042ab0583e59bf1c&oe=5D7E5C42

    Cool Videos, w/ topless crew: icon_eek
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYlhkn0OT4A

    And equally cool Facebook propaganda: icon_cool
    https://www.facebook.com/…hotos/?ref=page_internal

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  • Very Cool!!!!!! icon_biggrin

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    Larry
    Mirage Tandem Island -sold
    Hobie Bravo -sold
    1979 Prindle 18 Sold
    2019 Hobie Getaway
    Polk City, Florida
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  • i've never seen a spinnaker rigged upside down on purpose - that is for sure
    that looks crazy - you can only go dead down wind and if you get a shift you could get into trouble ....

    to each their own
  • Lazy Jack innovation...
  • Yeah, she really likes to go straight downwind. Wing on wing on wing. icon_lol

    The spin begins to make sense if you have two parallel poles and no sprit (the real crazy part). There are some Facebook shots of other spinnakers being tried. I should look at those more closely.

    What surprised me were the twin oversized windsurfing sails. Thought I was seeing a giant trifoiler for a minute. What do you do with those sails in a storm? Are those reefing points I see?

    She looks like a fun 24’ wide party platform - a great cruiser for someone who doesn’t like being told how to live, or how to sail.

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  • QuoteShe looks like a fun 24’ wide party platform - a great cruiser for someone who doesn’t like being told how to live, or how to sail.

    prost



    Edited by MN3 on Jun 26, 2019 - 04:20 PM.
  • OIC,.. Free standing (NO STAYS!) carbon fiber masts with luff traveler cars on a track, for easy up/down.
    bomb

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  • The Facebook page is interesting, the cabin space inside the hulls looks very useable and practical and not too Closter phobic. Also a little video of them assisting a stranded sailor who grounded what looks to be a Cape Dory. The stranded sailor had no communications or maps, the boat however looked undamaged, says something about the build quality
  • Maybe it was built to beat records? I mean, it's clearly not made for usual cruising, but if it's going down wind, then it must be able to reach some interesting speeds. Then, you're screwed when you want to turn back, but who cares once the record is beaten? icon_lol
  • Very cool boat... IIRC, Brian has been mostly storing it in Mexico and commute-sailing winters.

    I love the mostly open-deck design, and that it can store so simply on a trailer (it would fit in my sideyard). She can also go directly upwind at 60mph on that trailer. I've bashed up-wind and up-current along the North American Pacific Coast before... that kind of sailing is tough on gear even if you're doing it all under power. A straight tow up I-5 makes more sense, in my mind.

    Cat2Fold was originally drawn for a traditional single mast, but the unstayed masts make it easier to rig. It is a different compromise, to be sure!

    Some other links:
    https://cat2fold.wordpress.com/category/brian-charette/
    https://www.multihulldesigns.com/designs_other/cat2fold36.htm
    www.cat2fold.com

    Randii
  • QuoteI've bashed up-wind and up-current along the North American Pacific Coast before...

    Have you done the infamous Baja Ha?
    My buddy took a two year LOA from the airline, did the Baja ha, turned right for Honolulu, then kept going to Oz.

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    Nacra 5.0
    Bombardier Invitation (Now officially DEAD)
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  • I have not HaHa-ed yet, but that is the loose plan for the trailerful of Tennant in my sideyard. I have helped with retrieval AFTER Baja Ha Ha buddy parked his boat in Ensenada.

    Some HaHa folks come back north by way of Hawaii. It is a long track to be sure, but compares favorably to the uphill slog that otherwise needs made...

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