63182Re: Beach Cat, Original or Upgraded?
- Mar 2, 2010Jim Michalak designed a boat almost identical in size with a more
traditional cabin and a lot less traditional look. Much more interior
space as it uses Jim's favorite off-set leeboard instead of a
centerboard. I got the plans when it was still in prototype for $25 and
they arrived within 10 days up here to Canada. At least three have been
built and Jim has sailed in one so the plans are now $42.50.
Building blog here - but unfortunately is not complete.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "graeme19121984" <graeme19121984@...>
> Ross Lillistone wrote about what could only be a Bolger Beachcat MkI,as sailed and built by a couple, in his usual spot in an AABB issue in
the last year or so. The take-out, as I recall without looking it up, is
that it is a great trailer-boat, great beach-cruiser, great motor-sailer
in light airs, and great sail-boat as the wind rises above say five
knots. The couple were well pleased indeed. Ross could certainly write
from imagination, but I think all the boats in his articles, and they're
not infrequently another unamed Bolger or two, are known from his
personal experience. He's built and had a hand in the building and
sailing of many Bolger boats. His models of some Bolger boats I once saw
when he was out bayside at Manly would make you gasp - dangerous that,
because of the copious and simultaneous drooling! Of course he builds
all sorts, and has had his own design work "out there" for some time
now, but of note it is he who is reportedly testing the carbon spars for
>times, and we may yet have the birdwatchered design!
> Ergonomics? The MKI original had the fisherman cuddy, most welcome at
>boat, but I can speak to the sailing abilities of the Beachcat's smaller
> --- In email@example.com, "Bob C" txsailor37@ wrote:
> > I can't speak to the sailing abilities of either version of the
brother the Bobcat. The Bobcat is a wonderful sailing boat in most wind
conditions, once you learn to understand it's quirks and points as well
as I would think you could expect a Catboat to point. I would assume
that the shallow keel (newer) version Beachcat would perform much the
same as the Bobcat.
> >more comfortable boat to spend time in than the origianl. Most of the
> > I think the ergonomics of the newer version would make it a much
space in the original design was dedicated to a low-top/walk-through
cabin. The space was not really comfortable for use while sailing. I
have been extremely interested in building the new version for quite a
> >take you to get the plans. The original version can be ordered from
> > The down side of the new version is I have no idea how long it will
Payson and be had in a couple of weeks. I ordered the updated version
back in November and haven't seen them yet.
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