A new edition of The Coastal Passage has just been posted. Click on the image at right to download the PDF. Covid Cruising! From Tasmania to Greece with a boat built by the editor. For more information on this boat, see www.buildacat.com and check out The BareBones project.

The $21,000, 30 foot+ Catamaran!  
Click here to download TCP #75 where you will find the drawings and more photos
Think it can't be done? The builder claims about 900 hours to build and he has done enough of them to know. His first one was in the seventies. The ply is covered in glass and vinylester underwater and topsides and most deck. Inside is done in Wattel Epoxy timber treatment. Just have a look at the photos and see what you think. He used no plans... he just drew em for himself on a beer carton. We have tidied up his drawings so you can use them too. This is not rocket science! But don't take my word for it... read his notes below.

Pretty self explanatory but the four main panels are simply sheets of ply with the stringers and bulkhead positions glued and fixed in position (liquid nails and nail gun) then rot proofed and
flipped over and glassed and finished on the floor.

The main bulkheads are then fixed to one panel, stood up and the other panel is fixed to them. Pull the bow together and then the stern to the transom. Square up diagonally the main bulkheads and brace. Fit chine stringers and measure and fit remaining bulkheads(cut two at once of everything so both hulls are the same)Fit and cut bottom panel (two again)Now make and fit keels (you could fit daggerboards if you prefer but I believe the long flat surface of the chine gives lateral resistance) as it is easier without the chine panel. Now fit and cut chine panels (four this time) Glass and finish then flip. Fit pre-made crossbeams and do internal fitout then do cabin/decks/hatches etc.

Cockpit/saloon is all done on the floor and jacked and bolted in place and then saloon cabin is made and fitted. Sounds simple? Well it really is compared to strongbacks then stringers fitted over frames etc. This boat was designed around the rig that I had bought from a wrecked boat for $800 and was more an experiment than anything to prove to a couple of people that I probably am WACKED but not afraid to back my self.

I have to admit that the Waller concept had a lot of influence on the actual design but it was drawn up on the back
of a beer carton after a few stubbies(still got it somewhere) I think I have proven (at least to myself) that you don't have to spend your life savings and spend years to get out there and do it.

No she is not an ocean crosser, though I have seen worse do it, but as a coastal cruiser she is quick, easy to handle, comfortable and well I have come to really like the little bugger! (I think it could be love) Now having said that, it's hard to say that's it as there is always that next design eating away at what is left of the brain.

Boatbuilders never retire, they just sort of slowwwwwww down.

See Ya



 A sweet little coastal cruiser in the water and on the cheap. Leon was building similar cats as above to lock-up and selling them for a $1,000 per foot. TCP responded to requests for copies of the beer carton plans for some time but really no longer have the time to mess with it. Also, for those clued up enough to take on a project like this, the plans are really superfluous. The build sequence as shown in the photos should give anyone willing to do up a scale model all the info they need to wing it. Keep it simple...

 On a recent visit to the port of 1770 in Queensland, one of Leon's CSC 30 cats done up as a motor vessel show the flexibility of the design.



And just one last picture. This one of the builder out enjoying his new boat. Leon has been building these boats for years in Townsville Queensland, and now he has decided to let the world know what have amounted to trade secrets that allowed him to build boats in his shed and sell them at lock-up for cheap, and still make a good living. A finished, ready to sail cat for about $700 per foot.. (excluding labour) not bad... not bad at all.


Thanks Leon!!

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