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  • Hey all,
    New member here. I have a little sailing experience. Learned in Boy Scouts back in the 70's, on a Sunfish. Did some catamaran sailing in Florida near the turn of the Millennium on a Prindle 16. This season I bought a couple of little foam lateen rigged boats - one is a Snark and the other one is of unknown manufacture, but seems a little closer to a reclaimed igloo cooler than the Snark does. I'm finding the foam boats, though fun and super convenient, are not great family boats. My wife really liked the cat sailing we did in Florida so that was her vote. I called one of my serious catamaran sailing buddies in Florida to ask for advice, and he offered to give me his old Supercat 17. I know, nothing more expensive than a free boat and all. But, sounds like the boat is complete and needs just a little work. I am sort of a project type person anyway. I've got a couple sewing machines, I made a sail for the igloo cooler, I've got a vacuum pump and some composite experience from my aerospace career. So, I'm going for it - just have to do the long drive from Northern Illinois to Southern Florida and get it. My goals for the boat are twofold: some easy cruising on light days with the family, and I'm sure my oldest and I will want to go out and scare ourselves. I'll be picking the boat up in December. My buddy is prepping the boat and trailer, and I'm rebuilding the rusty bumper and spare tire well of my 2000 Buick so I can safely bolt on a hitch.

    That's my intro - more to come in the future.



    Edited by waiex191 on Oct 07, 2020 - 10:21 PM.

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Future Supercat 17 owner
    Currently own two foam monohulls
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  • I've put a picture in my album and here is my shot at posting it:
    https://www.thebeachcats.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=133967&g2_serialNumber=4

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Future Supercat 17 owner
    Currently own two foam monohulls
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  • You should get some sailing in while you are down there. Sounds like there are some free lessons to be had with an experienced cat sailor to boot.

    Enjoy the boat ... it is great fun.

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    dk

    Blade F-16
    Hobie Tiger
    Hobie 14
    Corsair F-242
    Mirage 25
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  • Thanks! Not sure we will have time on this trip, but we will see. One of my retired former coworkers is an avid sailor and I we took his Capri 14.2 out this week. It was good experience sailing as a team and also running the jib. He has sailed cats before but I don't think he is the guy to go to. There are a couple of guys I've met at my local lake who sail cats there. I'll get to know them better.

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Future Supercat 17 owner
    Currently own two foam monohulls
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  • Good luck
    They are great boats, and once you get past the VERY Heavy mast, the rest is a breeze - pun intended.
    I love my 15

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    Supercat 15
    Windrider 17
    Several Sunfish and Sunfish clones
    Ratboat built from Zuma and Sunfish parts
    Shallow water sailor in the Delaware Bay
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  • https://owners.aquarius-sail.com/phpbb3/
    Welcome, If you don't already have it here's the SC owners forum.



    Edited by gahamby on Oct 08, 2020 - 12:42 PM.

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    1982 Super Cat 15
    #315
    Virginia
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  • Thanks all, and no I hadn't found the SC owner's forum.

    The current owner had bought materials for a gin pole to raise the mast. That will come with the boat.

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Future Supercat 17 owner
    Currently own two foam monohulls
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  • That gin pole will come in handy.
    Aquarius has been great for me and I have learned quite a bit on the owners forum.
    Have purchased NOS sails, both job and main, as well as many smaller components and rigging.
    Always had great experience with the folks at Aquarius

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    Supercat 15
    Windrider 17
    Several Sunfish and Sunfish clones
    Ratboat built from Zuma and Sunfish parts
    Shallow water sailor in the Delaware Bay
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