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    20 year boat build in the water.

    Three summers ago I made the delta around stockton ca my part time home. During that time I have watched this huge cat being built. A friend knows the owner and the guy started on it almost 20 years ago now. Over the last three years I have wondered if it would ever see the water.

    Yesterday i I was out on the ski for a spin and saw it was in position to launch. Well today I saw it at windmill cove. It is sitting a bit low and was 17k lbs over weight. I believe the owner/builder plans to take it out and add a center pontoon and make it a tri.

    Remember it's a hand made composite boat in a dirt lot. You think you got skis? Look at this.




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    Yeah, looks like a a lot of weight with zero support in the center; third pontoon would help.

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    So cool you were there to see it hit the water. I would really like to see the inside of the cabin. 3rd pontoon is a must.

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    I don't really get that design.....
    I mean, for such a big boat there isn't much deck space or cabin space. I would have had the hulls wider for storage or a couple of berths and extended the front deck forward more. Bigger hulls would have solved the bouyancy too.

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    Yeah, the sail cats I've seen use the pontoons as living space.

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    They are bigger than you think. There are cabins down there. See the windows? Also remember the builder is not boat designer. He was winging it from the start. I mean he got the boyancy off by 17k pounds. That's about 290 cubic feet of boyancy it still needs if you were wondering.

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    Sheesh, that' got to stink. I don't think his calculations on the CF needed are right either. Looks like it needs way more than that.

    Looks like a sailboat? Did he copy one? And forget about the weight of the giant deck house and engine of a powerboat?

    Can the hulls be cut in half and widened?

    Look how wide these are on this much lighter sail boat:
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    Wellll...

    considering that he built it himself, apparently w/o plans("winging it"), it probably 100% paid for, and 'composite construction'(as in carbon fibre?) - I'd say hes rockin it. JMO

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    "composite construction" just means that it's made of more than 1 material. In this case I'm going to get fibreglass.
    Other composites for example are:
    - Foam core & resin with glass over
    - Carbon fibre & resin matrix
    - Kevlar fibre & resin matrix
    - Balsa core with fibre & resin over.

    Plenty of different methods depending on your budget & desired outcome.

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    The boat is foam core with glass over. From what I have learned it was going to be a sail boat but he went power mid construction and a pilot house. I am sure it will be corrected at some point in the next ten years.

    Either way impressive undertaking for a guy on a dirt lot.

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