A Cat-Ketch Called "LocoMotion"
(Here's a shot of the new
24-footer on the upper
right corner of this page. )
[1-minute YouTube video at
[1.5 minute YouTube video at
I have to admit, this boat was
inspired by the Everglades Challenge. I originally set out to
make a longer, more seaworthy boat than all the little 16' trimarans I'd build up to now. I mean, they were great boats and
all, but they just weren't all that comfortable on seas over 2'
I didn't realize what a big step
it was from 16' to 24'! But boy is this a sweet boat, and every
so much more seaworthy than any of the 16-footers. Even so,
we're not quite ready for the EC yet. Here are the
LOA = 23' 9"
Beam of center hull at sheer =
Beam of center hull at
waterline = 24"
Overall beam = 18' 2"
Sails = 2 X 85 sq. ft.
Weight all up = approx 360
The maiden voyage revealed
several shortcomings. Actually, it handled like a pig. The
rudder (borrowed from No Commotion) was way to small and
not even entirely in the water. The leeboards wouldn't stay
down, and couldn't even be lowered all the way. And the amas
(see the "Planing Amas" page) seemed like they needed some fins
/ skegs so we could have adequate lateral resistance to maneuver
in shallow water.
Lo and behold, once all these
changes were made, it became a great boat! It even points well
and comes about quickly and nimbly. But I do think it needs
better sails - higher aspect ones. Because, as it is, the main
tends to backwind the mizzen a bit too much for my taste. So I'm
inventing a new kind of sail to solve the problem. Star tuned...
Here below are 50 photos showing
the highlights of everything from flat plywood panels (3mm) to