[MHml] Big outboards and rudder fences
multihulls at steamradio.com
Wed Jan 9 21:23:11 EST 2002
I did the Banshee engine tests about 13 years ago so its all a bit hazy, but
I don't think the engine was any deeper because it was behind the hull.
Obviously the boat did squat, there's a photo of it towing a water skier in
my brochure with the bows well in the air. The advantage of the sqat is that
the bows lift and there's much less bridgedeck slam than you might expect.
ie on a power cat you can get away with less bridgedeck clearance. I think
the central engine works on racing powercats because they are basically
flying. One local cat sailor made a 16' powercat and he only got it really
moving when he put an outsize anti aeration plate on the engine (it was
I have just come back from my Christmas cruise to the Scilly Isles. That's
the home of the small power cat, Keith Bennett has been building them there
for 30 years. A 24' open fishing cat does 12 knots with two 9.9 outboards,
one on each hull. Don't think he has a web site, but his boats should be
looked at if you are thinking of a small power cat. Also the Ecocat, 24'
built here is a good example of an open powercat.
I have found the rudder fences very effective on transom hung rudders. They
seem to fool the water into thinking the boat is longer than it really is.
The water flows off the transom much more neatly. Based on my experience I'd
always fit them on "dinghy style" rudders, but they are prone to damage.
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