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Re: Catmaran kayak? I have one --- almost

: Hi Bill - I just stumbled across your thread - I had the same idea about a
: year ago. I've been mulling it since, and over the Christmas break I built
: a 1/4 scale model of a preliminary design for a catamaran kayak. The hulls
: are long and narrow, 16'4" by 6", max draft will be about
: 8-9", overall beam I'm trying to keep to 24". It's basically a
: skinny hull cut in half down the middle. Seating will be from a hung seat
: above the waterline, so I guess it will technically be a SOT.

: The boat is designed as a swimmer escort and rescue kayak - the major design
: goal is to be able to transport a patient on a hammock behind the paddler
: above the waterline to reduce hypothermia. The extra load will require a
: sliding seat for the paddler to trim the boat. It is also meant to act as
: a platform for long distance swimmers to eat, drink, rest, whatever.
: Ideally, it will be stable enough that the paddler can turn around and
: move around to aid the patient/swimmer. I think it will work well as a
: chase boat at paddle events as well. I'd also like it to be fast, able to
: function on the open ocean, etc. etc.

: A plastic wrap test on the model went pretty well (it appeared to have very
: low drag), and I am currently gearing up to make a prototype starting in
: the next week or two. It will be a big experiment, as the model didn't
: give a lot of info about paddling dynamics, and there's a lot to figure
: out. I've thought about doing some software modeling, but that won't help
: with the dynamics either, so I am going to just forge ahead and make a
: boat. I plan to do the first prototype as a Yost-style SOF. The hulls will
: be nearly flat on the inside as suggested by you and Mike - they're so
: narrow they actually look more like airplane wings on edge. But hey, my
: Dad was a wind-tunnel model-maker at Boeing and my brothers and I grew up
: making balsa airplanes, not boats, so I guess that has something to do
: with it. The biggest challenges I see at this point is hull torsional
: stiffness and weight.

: I have a detailed photo sequence of the model construction. I've been meaning
: to put it all together to share on this site - I'm glad you asked your
: question as it gave me the impetus to start. The link below has just a few
: so far.

: I wanted to call the boat the "Sea Sled" but the name was taken by
: a fast speedboat catamaran from the early 20th century (now defunct,
: though). I'm toying with the name "Cutter", which has a nice
: double meaning - USCG Cutters are used for rescue, of course, but
: "cutter" is also a term for a light, fast sleigh pulled by a
: single horse, which I think is appropriate.

: Well, I guess this is maybe more info than necessary, but I've been thinking
: about this for a long time. Let me know what you think - better photos
: later, Carl

Hi Carl,

Btw, calling this a sea-sled would be fine, it's nothing at all like the original Hickman SeaSled.

Bill H.

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