64486Re: A real forgotten gem, Bolger 554 Camping Trimaran using Hobie Cat parts!
- Sep 22, 2010Amazing boat!
I can see , and agree with the view that this boat`s design cleverly makes use of all those Hobie parts.
I also think that this design could be " cheap " , and make as much sense if you rigged it with simple lug rig ( for example ).
My thinking is that it could still perform very well and you would have a lot less hardware to contend with.
I`m not entirely sure you would " miss the point ", even though I agree and understand your reason for saying so.I suppose if one had to construct amas from scratch as well , the picture could change.
The benefit and value of this design remains valid because a number of discarded beach cats are suitable for this design.
--- In email@example.com, "wwwind2002" <datenmull@...> wrote:
> magnificent work! I love the idea!
> I also love the idea of getting a bunch of hardware cheap. But I guess there is a hitch:
> a Hobie cat, a very light boat, just accelerates when a gust hits. This reduces the strain on the rig. (A monohull heels, archiving the same)
> But a heavier multihull (which cant simply zoom off with every gust) requires a stronger rig. Will the Hobie mast stand up to the extra force?
> And what about the sail? I assume (having never sailed one) it is cut very flat, for a fast boat is sailing on the wind all the time. It may lack power for a heavier boat.
> If you'd need a new rig you'd miss the point of the design.
> Any comments?
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Bruce Hallman <hallman@> wrote:
> > Digging through old MAIB's I stumbled across this amazing lost gem of
> > PCB's design. Coming from that period of his life that I value the
> > most, where (IMO) he was at the peak of his creative game. Reflecting
> > a maximum of his "break all rules" elegant frugal simplicity. From
> > Feb 1, 1992, MAIB V09N18.
> > The genius here that he recognized that the expensive part of a boat
> > build is buying all the miscellaneous pieces, hardware/sails/etc...
> > And, that it is possible to buy an old "un-loved" Hobie Cat 16 for
> > nearly free. (Several are selling locally on Craigslist right now for
> > $400, complete including sail and trailer.) Starting with those
> > parts, you add a simple big curved box (23'6" long) weighing a mere
> > 450lbs.
> > This boat actually echo's a lot of his "box boat" values we admire,
> > but with the Hobie Cat cannibalized, comes across as more refined.
> > Cut a Hobie Cat in half, attach it to a 450 lbs simple plywood box,
> > and you get a very capable camp cruiser that sleeps four. Genius.
> > I worked her up using Free!Ship and I am convinced this boat could
> > easily and quickly be achieved.
> > http://hallman.org/bolger/554/554-01.html
> > http://hallman.org/bolger/554/Bolger554CampingTrimaran.html
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