Re: Beach Cat, Original or Upgraded?
> Jim Michalak designed a boat almost identical in size with a moreIf you are looking at different designs, you can find my review of the Bolger Cynthia J. design in the Files section. IMHO, the Michalak boat should benefit from a V-bottom as compared to the CJ's flat bottom, but I think PCB did a little better on the aesthetics.
> traditional cabin and a lot less traditional look.
Totally agree that Beach Cat has one the most beautiful profiles out
there, especially the bow shape which reminds me of the big freighter
canoes I have seen up north, and ruled for probably about 50 years and
still being used up there. So I was smitten the first time I saw
Dynamite's lovely model he created.
But for two people going out camping for several days, the Michalak
interpretation seems more practical in that regard, especially for
sleeping accomodations for a couple, due to the narrower bilge panels
that give a larger flat bottom section.
It should be noted too, that it is one of only two designs in his
catalogue that Michalak describes as being power/sail capable, as well
as having very shallow draft. The rudder being off-set to allow a motor
to be close to the center-line of the hull. Just off-set enough so the
weight of the skipper keeps things balanced. His other design (Eisbox)
uses an inboard rudder like the Micro which of course adds more draft.
-- In email@example.com, "Peter" <pvanderwaart@...> wrote:
>Bolger Cynthia J. design in the Files section. IMHO, the Michalak boat
> > Jim Michalak designed a boat almost identical in size with a more
> > traditional cabin and a lot less traditional look.
> If you are looking at different designs, you can find my review of the
should benefit from a V-bottom as compared to the CJ's flat bottom, but
I think PCB did a little better on the aesthetics.
- I ordered the old version of the Catfish from Payton and the upgrade from PB&F and the plans came within a few days of each other. I ordered both sets of plans by snail mail and had the plans within two-three weeks. Not unreasonable as I live in Oregon and the plans are coming from Maine.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bob C" <txsailor37@...> wrote:
> I can't speak to the sailing abilities of either version of the boat, but I can speak to the sailing abilities of the Beachcat's smaller 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.
> I think the ergonomics of the newer version would make it a much more comfortable boat to spend time in than the origianl. Most of the 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 while.
> The down side of the new version is I have no idea how long it will take you to get the plans. The original version can be ordered from Payson and be had in a couple of weeks. I ordered the updated version back in November and haven't seen them yet.