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A-Class Catamaran "cruising" double trapeze?  Bottom

  • Curious if anyone has experience or thoughts on occasionally double trapezing on an A-Class? I'll mostly be single, but would also like to get my wife and kids sailing as well. I know it will be slower, but this would only be for casual/fun sailing. Could I swap out the mast for something more beefed up like an old F16 mast with stronger standing rigging? Of the A-Class catamaran out there, any particularly suitable for extra weight? Only looking at displacement boats, not foiling.

    I know a F16 would be much better, but I like the simplicity of the A-cat, the robustness and growth of the class, and the ability to race single and not be at a disadvantage to double boats.

  • The whole platform is built for the weight and stress of 1 person. Youll break stuff, possibly even the beams by putting the weight of 2 people on there in breeze enough for double trapezing even with a different mast.

    Seems crazy to even consider to me. Old cats are so cheap just get a hobie or Prindle for multiple people.
  • Quote by putting the weight of 2 people on there

    Depends on the size of the people :)

    QuoteOld cats are so cheap

    So are cat sailors

    Edited by MN3 on Sep 29, 2021 - 01:25 PM.
  • Solid nope. A-class boats are fantastic race boats. They fall pretty short compared to almost any other catamaran for any other use though. IMO.

    Greenville SC

    Offering sails and other go fast parts for A-class catamarans
  • Thanks for all the input. Sounds like consensus is a terrible idea. What about an F16? I know I can double and single it, but do you also think its only good for racing? If so, it seems like it is stuck in no-mans land. A race catamaran that no one races.....
  • A-class is just for one sailor. Plenty of F16s are double-handed racing boats. Have you looked at the Viper or Nacra?

    High Point, NC

    Exploder A15 A-Class Catamaran
    Hobie FX One Catamaran
    Hobie Tandem Island Trimaran
    Weta Trimaran
  • Viper sounds ideal
  • Shameless plug for my F16 that’s for sale! http:// https://www.thebe…7045-2009-f16-viper.html. $7500 gets it!

    I’m racing it solo this weekend, they are great boats. My wife and I had a lot of fun racing it.

    Midlands South Carolina
    AHPC Viper USA 366
    A Cat USA 366
    Super Cat 17
  • That looks great! I just wish South Carolina was closer to Montana.

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