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8.5 m[27.9′] racer/cruiser cat

Basically the “GBE” for the 21st Century. “Wildfire” is a racing catamaran with good cruising accommodation for four. Although it is the same length as the “GBE” it has considerably more interior space, it is lighter, beamier and has more sail area. Construction is in strip plank timber with strip plank foam as a viable option. The hull/cabins are constructed in two halves and joined down the centerline considerably reducing the size of the mould frames required as a set of half frames will do both sides of both hulls. DXF files to produce CNC cut full-size mould frames are provided.

The accommodation is fairly minimal. It has standing headroom and a single berth in each “corner”. The accommodation can be extended by use of a boom tent.

Booklets on a construction of such items as glass fibre underwater foils, composite beams and wing masts are provided with the plans. Booklets also cover the various components and construction techniques such as stressed ply, strip plank cedar composite and strip plank foam that are appropriate to the particular design you have chosen. They also deal with setting up mould frames, flat panel and ply/foam/ply construction and vacuum bagging and resin infusion if you plan on using those methods.


LOA 8.5m 27′ 9
BOA 6m 19′ 7
Displacement 1,230kg lightship. 1767kg full load 2,6401lb light 3887lb full load
Sail Area 51.2 sqm 551 sq’