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The boats is build in the wood/glass/epoxy
shape; from the bow till 4 m round under water shape, from
trapezoid shape whit sharp corners and anti vortex panels. On the transom the hull is V shaped.
The 1 : 1.4 rudders have end plates. These features account for the good handling
quality of the PELICAN. The small overhang of the cabin make the boat stable till 90 degree.
It is an adaption
from the "Bionics cat".
living on this boat for 11 years. We made a lot of interesting passages
with the boat. In good and bad weather she handles beautifully. Even in a winter
mistral ( force 9 to 10 wind) we where feeling absolute safe. Our medium speed
over all our sailing till now is 9.8 knots. The maximum speed on our GBS was 16
knots. Important for us is that the boat sails as close to windward as a very
good mono hull but with a draft of only 0.64m. Instead of dagger boards or keels
we use anti vortex panels
( to down load article click here ), sort of winglets as used on an aircraft's.
The boat has 2 double bunks and one single bunk on the port side. There is
plenty of storage room for long passages. We have only 100 l of water, because
we use a water maker.
The PELICAN is
an affordable offshore cruising catamaran which can be build from any handy
amateur boat builder in the proven wood/epoxy composite construction
We chose this design for our self. All sails can be handled from the
cockpit, also the mainsail. This is made possible through the vertical furling
wishbone gaff rigged main sail. This unique sail is not only easy to handle but
also more power full as any other main sail.