Building a sailing Catamaran

Plywood and epoxy catamaran sailboat build

Ever dreamt of building your own large sailing catamaran?

This 'glass-over-ply' sailboat is proof that it can be done.

Its time to stop dreaming and see if you can too.

There have been many lazy mornings watching dolphins play and snorkeling areas where others only dream.

We DO sail into the can too.

The movie here is just a sample of our presence on YouTube, where we continue to receive very strong support, thank you.

Choosing a catamaran design can be very daunting and extremely time consuming. And how you invest your meagre finances will dictate your decision.

Understanding exactly what it is that you are trying to achieve, rather than the idea of the biggest and cheapest, only comes through extensive research. We short-listed some Catamaran Designers that met the key criteria in choosing and eventually building a cruising catamaran on a budget.

There is a point with catamarans, or any yacht for that matter, after which size becomes very expensive to maintain. We found this to be 12 - 13 meters in length and discuss this in more detail in our books.

Could I build a build a Cat? If so, where do I start? How have others met the dreams? Searching the Internet will reveal many projects that have been achieved by boat-persons with very limited financial resources. We witnessed a beautiful 12-meter catamaran build completed by a person who had little schooling, in fact, could not read. DIY projects such as this are certainly achievable as long as you are patient and understand that there is no quick way to complete 3500-hours of work.

We continue to search for a 'money-tree' and until that comes to fruition, the boatbuilding budget , or lack-there-of, remains be the biggest hurdle. Once the catamaran building is complete, there is continual proactive sailboat maintenance that has to be completed to keep your multihull in good order. Having searched many Internet pages, we were unable to locate boatbuilding budgets anywhere, why?

It will soon become evident that you may have to part with a few dollars to provide the foundation for your catamaran building decisions. Having reliable sailboat resources, or at least 3-4 good books, WILL HELP fast track your decisions while building.

Once your boatbuilding is underway, it will become very obvious at the time wasted on the Internet trying to resolve the smallest of issues. After putting a dollar value on this valuable spare time, its only then that the value of these resources will be recognised and the fast-tracking of building starts.

Many have asked our thoughts on the catamaran vs monohull argument. We have chosen a catamaran for its cruising comfort, its 'draw' (or depth it sits in the water - only 700mm) and the obvious space.

We also wanted a light sailing catamaran that we could beach with ease. This would allow us to save money on one of the biggest maintenance DIY chores, sailboat antifouling without having the costly expense of annual slipway fees.

The DIY yacht building forum is geared toward the amateur DIY boat builder and we continue to offer our support to these amateur builders.

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Having completed the catamaran building project, it was time to taste the fruits of that labour. We have detailed much more post-building DIY Catamaran information. The projects are certainly achievable, cost saving and about working smarter, not harder.

Our Sailing Journals form part of a new website as well as food and electrical ideas. It too now has a growing following on its own YouTube channel where we share even more on our adventures.

We hope you found this resource introduction helpful. This website contains over 60 pages of FREE valuable boatbuilding information. If you choose to support us through one of our Books, we thank you in advance and look forward to your feedback.

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