**NEW PROJECT* Adding 5 feet in the *Middle* of Your Catamaran [see video!
In 2013, after 4 months in the boatyard, we have lengthened our catamaran to 37 feet! It was either sell Light Wave and find another boat so we cut our boat right in half and then added a five foot plug so we could create a passageway between the hulls effectively joining the whole boat together. It was a bigger project than we expected (it took 4 months and 1,000 hours…) , but we now have almost a new boat: roomier, faster, and nicer looking. So if you ever wanted to know what you could do with SawzAll reciprocating saw and lots of epoxy, watch this new video as it redefines extreme boatbuilding!
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Adding A Screecher [Full article<]One of the raps that you hear about cats is that they don’t sail well in light wind. This is true with just the stock jib/genoa and mainsail configuration. The racing community discovered that if you fly a wire luff sail on a furler off a folding, retractable or fixed bowsprit you can add substantial sail area and radically improve light wind performance. This sail is commonly referred to as a screecher. We trurbocharged out boat with a screecher 5 years ago. What a difference! We wrote a full article for Multihulls Magazine (September 2004) called “TurboCharge Your Cat” that had the details on the benefits and the installation and setup. [Full Article – Turbocharge your Catamaran]
Adding a Hardtop [Full Article]We sailed our cat for 5 years before we decided we needed some shelter from the sun and rain. After we saw the arch / hardtop setup on the Manta 40 catamaran, this gave us idea and outline on what we wanted to do on our boat. We wrote a full article for Multihulls Magazine (July 2007) on our arch hardtop design. [Full Article – Hardtop for the Cruising Catamaran]
Make Your Catamaran 4 feet Longer [Full article]This was our most radical modification (until we cut in half in 2013, see above) and we did it in May and June 2007 in a boatyard in Guayamas, Mexico in the middle of our 2-year cruise. This modification is not for the faint of heart but we think will make a huge difference to the comfort and sailing on Light Wave. Here is the full article which is an excerpt from our month-by-month catamaran cruising log.
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