Flatbottomed beachable cat ketch with poptop

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25' 4" 27' 6" 23' 3" 1' 3"/5' 7" 31' 1"

outboard or inboard, 6 to 10 hp 26%

Walt Scott

Marine Innovators, Inc. 1979-1981? 275 sq. ft. portable or 19 gal. 20 gal.

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

25' 4" 27' 6" 23' 3" 1' 3"/5' 7" 31' 1"

outboard or inboard, 6 to 10 hp 26%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Walt Scott

Marine Innovators, Inc. 1979-1981? 275 sq. ft. portable or 19 gal. 20 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 7,500 lbs.

Cat ketches are themselves a bit unusual, especially when they are only 25 feet on deck. Add to that wishbone rigs on both masts (i.e., the rig typically used on windsurfing boards), and you have a vessel seldom seen. The Beachcomber 25 has tapered aluminum masts that can be rotated to wind up the sails like a pair of window shades. There are several advantages to such a rig: the foot of each sail acts like a vang, automatically building in sail efficiency when reaching and running; each sail may be easily reefed or furled, even by a single-hander; both sails are totally controlled from the cockpit; with the two-masted rig, extra sails may be set off the wind to increase speed; and by flattening the mizzen and easing the main, the boat will lie in docile comfort at anchor (assuming the wind is steady and doesn't veer). Best features: The Beachcomber has a 1,400 pound grounding shoe and an extremely shallow, 15-inch draft, so she can be run up on a beach or mud flats—plus a high-efficiency centerboard for going to windward. The cabin is large and comfortable, with a poptop for tall sailors. Worst features: Learning the knack of sailing this type of craft may take a while; it's quite different from a standard sloop. The long grounding shoe acts like a long keel; increasing directional stability but reducing the ability to tack quickly.

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

Beneteau First 26 (25)

25' 5"

9' 2"

2' 9"

4,814

1,455

Ericson 25 Mk II

25' 5"

9' 3"

3' 11"

5,000

2,000

Kaiser 25

25' 4"

7' 10"

3' 7"

5,000

2,250

Westerly Tiger 25

25' 1"

8' 9"

4' 3"

5,264

2,240

Beachcomber 25

25' 4"

8' 0"

1' 3"

5,300

1,400

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

16.6

177

192

6.4

16.0

584

4

4' 3"

17.8

214

213

6.3

17.3

622

5

6' 1"

15.5

367

273

5.7

24.3

468

4

6' 2"

12.5

226

225

6.3

19.7

447

5

5' 3"

14.5

188

NA

6.5

20.8

510

5

5' 10"

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