Re: Catfish Beachcruiser
- I came across this discussion while searching for Catfish info. I
just ordered the plans after lots of research on different catboats
and decided that this one "fits" me. I will modify the plans to allow
a more "normal" cat boat cockpit but also retain the canvass shelter
idea. I don't think that it will be difficult to come up with a good
The hull itself is similar to many other boats room-wise. I've
compared it to the study plans of the Wittholz 15' catboat which also
has a functional cockpit and a forward "cuddy". I think that if I
keep the cuddy area as designed but reduce the side decks to about 5
inches with a nice fair from the cuddy that it will work. Then I can
build in cockpit seats that can also double as narrow births verses
sleeping on the deck. I will know when the plans arrive and I have
had a chance to work with them a bit. I don't see why it shouldn't be
do-able for a daysailor with a camping option.
I do like the the fixed keel and plan to stay with that. I do think
that I will frame the hull verses stitch and glue though. I've just
finished a Mertens PK78 sailing dinghy and while I am impressed with
the boat and design, I did not enjoy the fiberglass work...and I've
done plenty. Part of the goal of building a boat is the actual
building pleasure and I much prefere wood work over epoxy/glass.
I'm not a heretic though; I understand the benefit of epoxy and will
plan on using it as fastener but want to skip the filets and glass. I
have the Glen-L plywood construction book and it should really help.
I also have a book that shows the Bobcat being this way...
Good luck if you decide to build and I will try to share my results
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> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "bris120" <bris120@> wrote:
> > I am going to have to mock something up like yourself or start
> > looking elsewhere as the uncertainty is killing me!
> Go ahead and mock it up Brett. Then both your wife and yourself can
> sit inside the lines and get a very good feel for how it would work
> for real. You can try out any combination of options from the
> original or upgrade, or others you may think of. My understanding
> that the deck height for the upgrade wasn't changed. Plenty of roomnon-
> for fishing etc. Have you got the study plan? It's easy enough to
> get close enough measurements from that.
> If the salient keel is done away with, another cb option that frees
> up cockpit floor space (I've been looking at it today on another
> Bolger boat having a "false" floor that is closely sized andbeing
> proportioned to Catfish) is like the Cartopper solution. A big kick
> up rudder off the transom to make up for a smaller than usual cb
> that could be way up forward. The cb could be high aspect, and
> relatively long and narrow could have much of its width below the
> floor. The cb case might stick up above the original floor by only
> as much as 6" to 8" or so. The cb case might have to be sealed, so
> there's good and bad. If the board were in a higher case something
> like the brilliant one in SPARKLER (pivot like that in Aussie
> Corsairs if you know them) that might serve without having to be
> sealed (like the upgrade), but OTH it does protrude higher into the
> cockpit space.
> > PS Was your Hills Hoist stayed or unstayed? ;)
> Lots of people seem to opt for other solutions nowadays, but mine's
> stayed unstayed :0)