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    Default US Catamaran kit builder

    I haven't studied the site real thoroughly, but for those of you considering building your own catamaran in the States, this might be of interest to you.

    Offshore Catamarans:
    http://www.offshorecats.com/kits_plans.html

    http://www.offshorecats.com/michaelbell.html

    I don't know anything about them, and only stumbled across this company while "surfin' the 'net" tonight -- they do claim to have built el Tigre, now named Nice Pair, which I seem to recall reading about in the past in Multihulls magazine. It is/was a pretty quick boat, as I recall.

    Marshall
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    I took a peek at these. Like many of the kits on the market, I felt that putting together the hulls yourself (if you are doing all the thousands of hours of the rest of the build) is a better use of time and money.

    http://www.offshorecats.com/offshore48pricelist.html

    $79K for a pair of hulls seems excessive. However, the quality of materials here is great compared to many kits I looked at.

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    Hi,

    As I am just finishing up a 3 year build of a catamaran, I can relate that one of the easiest and least time consuming tasks of building a cat, is building the hulls. That step is usually accomplished in the first few weeks.

    The most time consuming individual task will almost always be the final fairing and preparing for painting.

    One could probably build those hulls for $10,000-$$15,000 in materials.


    Keith

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    Hi kmontor,

    Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on your boat.

    I am sure many members on the forum would like to hear more about your boat and your trials and tribulations building it! (The abuse comes later!!)

    Not sure which smiley to use! I never, ever used them until I took in with this bunch!

    Marshall
    "People sail for fun and no one has yet convinced me that it's more fun to go slow than it is to go fast." -- Dick Newick

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    Default Re: US Catamaran kit builder

    Quote Originally Posted by kmontor View Post
    Hi,

    As I am just finishing up a 3 year build of a catamaran, I can relate that one of the easiest and least time consuming tasks of building a cat, is building the hulls. That step is usually accomplished in the first few weeks.

    The most time consuming individual task will almost always be the final fairing and preparing for painting.

    One could probably build those hulls for $10,000-$$15,000 in materials.


    Keith

    Hello, that's interesting.

    I had assumed that much the most time consuming work would be on the interiors. Elecs etc initially, but then the bits you see.

    It is easy to do a poor job but it takes ages to do a good job on upholstery and surface finishes.

    Mike
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    Hello, congratulations for your boat. Is there any photo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmmbruce View Post
    Hello, that's interesting.

    I had assumed that much the most time consuming work would be on the interiors. Elecs etc initially, but then the bits you see.

    It is easy to do a poor job but it takes ages to do a good job on upholstery and surface finishes.

    Mike
    Stuff like this really depends on individual definitions. If you count the whole interior, including fairing and painting internal surfaces, building galleys, heads, seats, tables, plumbing wiring etc etc... then yes, the interior takes much longer than painting and fairing the outside.

    Now it's a year and a half down the track, the external fairing and painting don't seem so bad..... I actually enjoyed the spray painting (although at one stage my respirator filter needed changing and I was enjoying it a bit TOO much )

    The point is, there are many ways to build a boat, usually for a similar product more money equates to less work, but they all will be worth it in the end IMHO.

    I have to say though, $79k for just a pair of hulls is very expensive. Without actually checking the price, I wouldn't be surprised if the kit for an Oram 48C cost similar or less. That would include all materials to structurally build (and externally fair) the entire hull and bridgedeck shell.
    Last edited by 44C; 17th April 2011 at 11:40 PM.

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