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: Hi Mike,

: I suspect you're talking large cats and John's talking beach cats. I've owned
: several Hobies over the years and they work ok, not anywhere near as close
: winded as those with boards but do ok and there's nothing to run into a
: beach (the reason they were built that way). Actually they can work on
: large cats, ie: Warram's cats, but they end up with lov volume hulls that
: are awfully deep for their length and thus tend to have too much draft to
: be realistic. If the volume is increased in an attempt to gain some room
: in the hulls then they don't work very well as you mentioned :)

: Bill H.

Hi Bill,
Yeah, different types of cats.
I've come across a few different board styles in cats, centerboards, leeboards, side mounted daggerboards, none. :) I've even see midline boards that mount on the crossbeams.
The Wharram cats aren't designed for racing as such, so speed efficiency isn't so important to them. The deepest is about 24" draft.
The older models were straight Vee sided, the Tiki models have a bit of curve, the Pahi's are slightly tortured for more curve.
Wharram's philosophy is more tent camping than RV, like Slocum, who said 'why have standing room below when it's for sleeping, and no one sleeps standing up'.
The Wharram's make great inshore fishing platforms, though.

A few narrow-hull cat designers stick with less footroom and put extra beam well above the waterline.

Mike Savage
South West Cork

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