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Catamarans

Catamarans use two hulls to reduce wetted surface underwater, creating reduced drag. The hulls are usually part of a single mold with a span between them that supports the main cabin. Accommodations, and occasionally the galley, are located down in the hulls, while the helm is usually forward in the main cabin. There may also be a helm on the flybridge.

Seadogs Experiment with the Aspen C100 Power Cat

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We’re dog people, but recently we met a cat that really impressed us. While at Trawler Fest in Anacortes, we were invited to sea-trial the new Aspen C100 power catamaran. Between seminars we snuck out to the docks and introduced ourselves to Larry and Nick Graf…

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Better than One: Leopard 39 Power Cat

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The U.S. Navy understands the strains created when they put a large crew in a small space, and that’s why sailors go through a series of rigorous psychological tests before being assigned to submarine duty. Even on a large modern nuke, the confined space and…

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Skinning A Cat

Ever since I can remember, boats have fascinated me. During World War II, I visited my godfather at his summer house on Fire Island, N.Y. Even during the war, a few people were still sailing. At the age of four I was down on the…

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Cats Out Of The Cradle

Although there are many new boats coming on the cruising scene these days, the majority are built to appeal to the upper end of our big boat market. Among these new craft are the cruising power catamarans, long awaited by an patient crowd of cruising…

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A Lot To Like About Cats

Four years ago we published a concept article on catamaran-style trawlers (PMM, Fall ’97). Author Graham Pfister explored the possibilities and advantages of a cruising power cat, even though, at that time, the only power cats were dedicated speed machines, fast craft designed for fishing…

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Endeavor TrawlerCat 40

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After the Miami show, I got a chance to spend a couple of days on the new Endeavour TrawlerCat 40. Endeavour builder Bob Vincent invited me along on what has become a traditional cruise after the Miami show: heading south to the Florida Keys. New…

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Shootout At Cat Cay

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After the 2006 Miami boat show, I was invited aboard the new Lagoon power cat for a trip to the Bahamas. Lagoon was doing a photo shoot for brochures for both their new 44-foot power cat and their new 500 sailing catamaran. I jumped at…

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