For those of you not already familiar with the Maine Cat 38, Dick Vermeulen designed with the singular goal to be "the fastest cruising cat out there, or I’ve failed at everything I’ve done.”
The Maine Cat 38 is a lightweight, high performance cat that's easy to sail and maintain. The open bridgedeck offers great visibility and incredible air flow. The 12:1 beam ratio, flared hulls, with protective “shoulder” and retractable daggerboards offer a dry ride, high pointing angles and reduced drag.
"Kitty Hawk" is hull #3 and was launched the summer of 2017. Prior to being delivered to her original owner in Seattle the spring of 2018, she was in attendance at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, and was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including Sail's 2017 "Catamaran of the Year".
The owner of "Kitty Hawk" has thoughtfully upgraded her with an array of quality equipment. Examples include:
Call today to learn more about this amazing cat and schedule a viewing. You won't be disappointed!
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General Design Parameters:
Design to be single-handed. Fun to sail and out-perform all current cruising catamarans on the market. Comfortable, safe, easy to sail and affordable.
Build the lightest structural components possible by thermoforming Core-Cell PH core and resin infusing 100% vinyl ester resin in female molds. Hull Shapes are designed to maximize the interior volume, minimize the waterline beam and keep spray down and off the deck and windscreen. The nicely radiused chine and “shoulders” we designed provides almost 6 feet at the maximum beam of each hull, yet the waterline maximum beam is only 38” when she is fully loaded to 12,400 lbs (lightship is 8100lbs). Our chine is over 12 inches above the DWL and will provide very little resistance or interference for our racer owners and huge additional buoyancy for our loaded-up live aboard cruisers in large seas.
Our approach to the rig design is also going to offer our owners a number of choices to fit their skill level and cruising area. Our standard rig will be a Selden fixed fractional rig with furling self-tacking jib and fully batten main similar to our MC 41 setup. Bowsprit and huge code 0 that can be carried to 55 AWA. All sails designed by Dave Calvert.
Advantages of Thermoforming the Structural Core in NEW MC 38:
Thermoforming is a process of heating the Core-Cell coring to a point where the mechanical rigidity in the foam is temporarily broken down to a level which makes it flexible, allowing it to be shaped and “formed”. This temporary flexibility is reversed by the cooling of the foam where full mechanical properties are restored. This method of construction reduces the weight of the structure by removing any excess resin in the typical PVC core with saw-cuts and also allows a tighter and more accurate fit of the core. This leads to weight savings in core bonding and kerf filling during the build process.
There are many reasons why thermoforming is a good idea in composite sandwich components.
Thermoforming core eliminates the need to have any core cuts or grooves to increase shaping capability, and as a direct result a thermoformed core will not have the additional weight of the resin or adhesive required to fill these grooves. By eliminating resin in the saw cuts, the Maine Cat 38 has superior cosmetics and no “print” through.
Thermoforming allows a tighter fit tolerance to the skins (more time can be taken to ensure the fit is correct). This allows the core to fit with much less filling compound and adhesive – both of which can add significant weight to a component when fitting poorly shaped core.
Thermoformed core will demonstrate the exact mechanical properties indicated by the data sheet and product information. The addition of cuts and grooves to the core materials can have large impacts on the mechanical properties which should be accounted for during the design process when specifying core materials in sandwich construction. The end result is we achieve stronger and lighter composite assemblies that are better engineered for a superior finish product.
The major disadvantage of thermoforming is the time requirement. The process of thermoforming core is one that requires considerable care and time, making it difficult to integrate into a production build scenario unless additional tooling and operations are available.
Maine Cat has made this investment in additional tooling and all our thermoforming is performed inside female production molds. Maine Cat is the only production catamaran builder in the world utilizing Core-Cell thermoforming coupled with vinylester resin infusion.
The NEW Maine Cat 38 is stronger, lighter, and a blast to sail.