the clinic

Cat Sailing is all about experience oh and, sharing tips. We’ve gone to a great deal of trouble to design Cat Sheets. Each sheet is a topic in itself. You read it, digest it and then go sail! 

Here’s a sampling of what’s in store from the Cat Sheets…

Crew Weight
Get your butt in the right place and watch your be transformed! Cat Sheet  crew weight

THE Art of Catamaran Sailing is, Downwind. And it’s surprising just how many people aren’t that good at it! Hopefully this will help explain the Basics of getting it going…. Cat Sheet downwind

One of the most basic manoeuvers but, sadly misunderstood and most abused! This should help… tacking

MORE info’ from the blogger!
Slightly more advanced downwind sailing… click here 


2 thoughts on “Tips

  1. Hello,
    I see your club uses both Nacra 500 and 570 among your fleet. Your web site (and club) are incredible, great resource. I am considering for purchase a Nacra 500 or 570 and wondering if you could shed some light on the differences in sailing characteristics between the two models. The additional speed and stability of the 570 seem attractive to me, but I’m wondering if it is too difficult to push around on the beach, right (w/small, light girlfriend) and stepping the mast (over two feet taller than the 500.) The 500 would be easier in every aspect it seems, but it might not be “enough boat” for two looking for speed and stability. Do you feel the 500 would still give the thrills with good sailing characteristics one looks for in a Cat?
    Thank you so much.
    I appreciate your expertise and help.

    Posted by Mark | April 19, 2010, 7:01 pm
    • Hi Mark, hope you don’t mind if i share my answers with everyone… Others might benefit!
      We are light weights! 290lbs combined weight!

      We don’t use a bag or a pole. In fact I was just testing a righting pole on the Nacra 20 One Design the other day and was so disappointed in it that I will never fit one to my own boat. For the added mechanism, weight and hassle I didn’t work as well as I thought. So I like my old rope system much better!

      Mast up
      I stand on the trampoline and Alice stands on the front beam holding a trap handle in each hand.
      I lift the mast to shoulder level, Alice stands straight up on the beam, tensioning the trap wires with her weight.
      As I continue to lift the mast, Alice just leans back on the trap wires, perpendicular to the mast.
      That’s enough counter balance to really assist.
      As the mast gets more vertical there is less weight on me, so Alice can then step onto the ground between the bows and attch the forestay.
      Then your done.
      Ditto in reverse for lowering the stick.

      Southeast Asia
      We’re actually based in Singapore which is the epicentre for Southeast Asia. From here, each other port is just one hop on a plane. Bali is 3 hours further south.
      We’ve got 65 cats in Singapore but they’re all privately owned. If you make it out this way we can arrange something for you but there are no real hire cat places. In Bali, one of our customers owns the Nacras there. He won’t rent it but I’m sure he’d be only too pleased to sail with another keen sailor especially if you stay at his place… Look at this,

      I’ve sent other sailors there and none have been disappointed. I go there as often as possible as its just such a great place to get away from everything.

      Best time to visit SE Asia is NE Monsoon time i.e. end of December – April. THen we have good winds and cool climes!
      But our water temperature is a hot 24 degrees C! Like sailing in a bath tub year round. A bit different to Michigan I presume!!

      Boat this year, spinnaker the next
      Good plan, but do whatever possible to get the spinn at the same time as it is what MAKES cat sailing so enjoyable now. We’ve been double trapezing on the 570 with the kite up and it is a BLAST for sure!

      Please do come and visit, we’d be only to happy to help you out with things… Just let me know.

      In the mean time, I’ll do a couple of sketches to explain the mast raising technique.

      Posted by prosailing | May 10, 2010, 11:37 am

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