[MHml] Folding Cats
multihulls at steamradio.com
Thu Feb 22 09:57:42 EST 2001
The Conser 30, a sailing catamaran,(due to debut this April) has a unique
powered folding mechanism that raises the bridgedeck up while the hulls slide in
under it for trailering .... Trailer width is 8' 6" and the sailing beam is
16' ... but I haven't seen one yet. They had a booth and brochures at the
Miami Boat Show... FWIW
> The only problem with folding the hulls 90 degrees is the mess it creates.
> Everything inside the hulls will be moved around , from battery acid to
> computers, anchors , porta-potties or sailbags. I guess that's why there
> hasn't been any successful folding cat design , although there are a number
> of folding cats that work well (strictly the folding mechanism and trailer ,
> Maine Cat 22 was one example) .
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Speer <tspeer at gte.net>
> To: multihulls at steamradio.com <multihulls at steamradio.com>
> Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 4:04 PM
> Subject: Re: [MHml] 2 vs 3 hulls ........ amphibious transport.
> >KING Mark wrote:
> >> ...
> >> If at design time you made allowance for some attachment points eg. a
> >> vertical tube in each hull ?, or a couple of custom built dollies ( maybe
> >> like they had on the old me163 rocket plane ) you could be more
> >Derek Kelsall (http://www.kelsall.com/) had a clever design for a
> >catamaran in which the hulls folded 90 deg inward. Each hull had
> >a pair of wheels mounted semisubmerged just below deck level.
> >When folded, the boat was trailerable. When on the water, the
> >wheels were built-in fenders.
> >Tom Speer
> >tspeer at gte.net
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