Posts Tagged ‘wood boat’

cataSUP padaCAT supCAT padamaran

September 9, 2018

paddleboard catamaranSometimes, if you do something long enough, you experience these bouts of fanciful imagination in which you picture ‘things’. After a few bouts of imagining and designing in my head while I paddled around on other people’s boats, I decided to make this. Two hulls and a deck. Wisconsin white pine, and a shop making paddles that lost square footage to a boat contrivance that took up way too much space. But this is the result:
cataSUP, padaCAT, supmaran, padaSUPThis is the first one. A prototype. Fourteen feet long, thirty two inches wide at its widest, the hulls are each about ten inches ‘tall’ with ~two inches of deck on top. My biggest curiosity was tracking. The first board, a Kahuna, cuts the water quietly like its kayak-shaped front end allows for, but without a stout skeg on its back four feet, it skitters around on the water like a leaf on a windy day. Difficult to go in a straight line. That was the first ‘irritation’ that got me thinking about the next board I wanted. Since my paddling happens on lakes and slow moving rivers here in flyover country, I wanted to go in a straightish line with less effort relative to the Kahuna. I’m happy to write that my first concern is answered in a good way. This supCAT padamaran cataSUP moves in a straight line more than I hoped for. As I kind of could guess while I was building it, each hull acts like a rudder and moves the craft in a straight line even as it holds me up and keeps my hoofies dry. It paddles in a straight line. Cross that off the check list.
My next concern is/was the distance from deck to water. For this size boat and my size/weight I am happy with that as well. For me, this distance works with the same paddles as I use on the Kahuna. For my lighter daughter and her friend, they need longer paddles, given that they do not displace the same water that I do. For them the deck is farther up out of the water. The obvious answer is a twelve or even an eleven foot board for the smaller person, which is next up on the drawing board. I really like the large deck. The overall look as it sits in the water is just what I hoped for. Best of all, I am enjoying the feel of wood and water.
Happy paddling!
There’s a bit more on the wavetrainSUP website, but most of the pics are on the wavetrainSUP Instagram channel. Just hit IG and search for wavetrainSUP!