African Cats introduces sailing version of its Catalite RIB tender...

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African Cats introduces sailing version of its Catalite RIB tender...

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It’s certain to prove popular, particularly among the liveaboard and bluewater-cruising communities. The ability to sail to and from shore, or simply for recreation around an anchorage, is a great asset.

JUNE 2009

There are three sizes available at the moment – 3.10m (10ft 2in) at 54kg (119lbs), a 3.60m (11ft 10in) at 59kg (130lbs), and the 4.20m (13ft 9in) at 64kg (14lbs). Those weights are significant. These boats really are lightweight.
The composite hull, which warps from a v-profile forward to cat hulls aft, is a epoxy sandwich that includes carbon, Kevlar, and Divinycell foams; and the tubes are Hypalon. Then the split-mast, boom kick-up rudder and daggerboard are all carbonfibre.
Beyond sails and control lines, the boats come with a host of accessories as standard. For instance, there’s an inflatable seat, extendable oars and an outboard-tiller extension, handpump and repair kit...
One of the few options is a canvas cover.
The smallest can cope with outboards up to 10hp and the bigger two wil take up to 15hp outboards, although one would assume something much smaller would be the norm.
Gideon Goudschmidt's African Cats operation is based in Holland, but its boats are sourced from South Africa. It is best known for its cruising catamarans.
For more, www.africancats.com.

© Phil Draper