The Crew

2013 Banderas Bay Regatta. 2nd Cat across the line!

2013 Banderas Bay Regatta. 2nd Cat across the line!

Brian Charette-The Skipper

After many years of dreaming about the sailing life, in 2011 I turned the dream into reality by purchasing Cat2Fold. Since then I’ve sailed over 5000 nautical miles in places most could only dream of.
From high alpine lakes to the west coast of Mexico…this trailerable catamaran can go anywhere!

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Georgie Charette-The Admiral

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Beo Charette-The General

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7 thoughts on “The Crew

  1. Hi Brian, you may remember me, I am building a 41ft bi rig bridgedeck cat in Australia and I emailed you when you were considering wing sails. I am still to decide on my rig but wing sails are proving difficult to obtain a manufacturer for and details on (I am yet to build mast posts or tubes, which one would work better?) to progress to finish the build. The last thing I need to build or install will be the mast securing method. I am almost finished fairing and hope to launch later this year. I have recently been suggested wishbone booms and wondered if you could let me know some details on your rig, eg mast diameter and wall thickness at the base, how the masts secure to the boat, do they rotate or just the wishbones do, etc,your sail area and do you think the rig could be scaled up to suit my 5000kg boat? I would love to hear your thoughts, if you have some time, cheers, Paul http://www.yikes.com.au

    • Hi Brian, you may remember me, I am building a 41ft bi rig bridgedeck cat in Australia and I emailed you when you were considering wing sails. I am still to decide on my rig but wing sails are proving difficult to obtain a manufacturer for and details on (I am yet to build mast posts or tubes, which one would work better?) to progress to finish the build. The last thing I need to build or install will be the mast securing method. I am almost finished fairing and hope to launch later this year. I have recently been suggested wishbone booms and wondered if you could let me know some details on your rig, eg mast diameter and wall thickness at the base, how the masts secure to the boat, do they rotate or just the wishbones do, etc,your sail area and do you think the rig could be scaled up to suit my 5000kg boat? I would love to hear your thoughts, if you have some time, cheers, Paul http://www.yikes.com.au

      Hi Paul,
      Let’s see here. My tapered carbon masts are about 7″ OD at the base with about 1/2″ wall thickness. The top (38′) is 3″ diameter, much thinner wall (maybe 1/8″???).
      My masts set down into 4’deep tubes bonded into the hills directly at a bulkhead. Water can get in there. With only a 4′ bury, the bottom of it can be drained overboard. My masts simply set down into the hull tubes and rotate 360 using simple plastic bushings on the mast.
      I bet I’m damn close to 5000 kg in full cruise mode.
      My sails are small. 31’6″ luff. 15’9″ foot. Booms can swing between the masts. Very nice to have if overpowered going DDW. Release sheet, sail weathercocks over the forward net where you can reef or take down entire sail while the boat continues DDW.
      I am underpowered in light winds, but when the wind is up, C2F kicks ASS!!!
      Yesterday sailing upwind in cruise mode we hit almost 10 knots with wind at about 40 degrees apparent.
      I think I got most of your ??? Answered.
      Fire back with any more…
      Cheers,
      Brian

      • Thanks Brian. I wonder how your mast rotates given the boom is not fixed to the mast. Do you need to control the rotation or just the sheet angles and boom fore and aft control? It sure looks simple. I think I too will adopt this set up with tube socket. I just need to get some detail from a mast manufacturer so as to fit tubes before I launch.
        Thanks so much for your advice, cheers Paul.

      • I have a down haul at the front of the mast which goes up to a turning block then goes out to the forward crotch of the boom. Fore and aft. I have a 4:1 but it’s not enough to pull the sail flat once the wind is up. Go 6 or 8 to one.
        Actual down haul for the leach aft side of mast. 6:1
        The mast has no rotation control. Just the sheet adjustment and the wind power. It is a tapered, round mast so there is little effect in forcing a rotation one way or the other.
        Masts only use plastic bushings to rotate and they are not tight!
        Nor do they rotate by hand super easy. Every time they come down, I liberally apply more Teflon spray.
        Very simple. Works incredibly well.
        I singlehand everywhere! My sheets are set with snap shackles at either end, so no matter what, if I’m overpowered going DDW, I can unclip the sheets at the boom, or the hull (depending what I can reach) and let the sails go all the way forward. There I can reef or fully take down the sails over the nets while the boat is as comfortable as possible going downswell.
        I LOVE my boat. The only thing I’d trade it for would be a larger, ocean going, live aboard biplane rigged cat!
        Although I’m totally a multi guy, I did just check out this amazing bit of kit the other day…
        http://www.sy-novara.com/#!the-boat/cw6e
        Freestanding aero rigs. Really look like the bomb!
        Not as simple, but I will say that C2F would really benefit with a couple of small jibs. And just think about gybes!!! It would just turn slowly…totally balanced.
        Good luck with the build. As you can tell, I love this game!

      • Thanks again Brian, one more quick q, do you think the wishbones would still work with non rotating masts, it would be so much simpler from construction and set up if the masts were fixed. Cheers Paul

      • Yes. I think the wishbones would still work without rotating masts. I believe that’s how all the Nonsuch monohulls are set up. Wouldn’t be able to reef, or drop sail while going downwind, unless you were going to use junk rig sail, or the double walled junk rig wing sail.
        That’s probably what I’d do if I had time and money to build. Junk rigged wing sail, with fixed masts.
        Good luck!

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