a 22’(*) open-cockpit power catamaran
CATEGORY: Power Catamarans
CONSTRUCTION: Sheet plywood planking/wood framing or welded aluminum
Now the do-it-yourself boatbuilder can save a bundle and still take part in the revival of the proven power catamaran concept. Our trailerable WILDCAT "E-X-T" SPORT design offers many benefits for the do-it-yourself builder including:
- Greater load-carrying ability for better versatility
- Increased fuel capacity for greater range
- Higher horsepower ratings for even better performance
For their size, these boats offer the best combination of a smooth ride in rough seas at high speeds using modest power and minimal fuel.
The advantages of power catamarans result from reduced resistance due to less frontal area of the narrower twin hulls, and a cushion of air compressed within the tunnel that adds to lift for quick acceleration while softening the ride.
In addition, these boats are more inherently stable than monohulls, both at rest and underway. The slender v-bottom hulls minimize pounding. Tracking is straight and true at any speed without roll, yaw, or lean, even when running before seas or with the wind abeam. Yet turns are tight, secure, and nearly flat even at speed.
Because beam is carried virtually to the bow, the self-bailing cockpit is huge, flat, and uncluttered. A step-over transom gate cut-out leads to a dive-swim step just above water-level. The result is a spacious sportfisher, a super-stable dive platform, or efficient user-friendly workboat.
Hull construction is especially intended for the amateur - either epoxy-glued fiberglass-covered sheet plywood or welded aluminum. Rugged but lightweight bulkhead-type frames feature integral cross beams for strength. FULL SIZE PATTERNS are provided for all hull-forming backbone members and frame contours - no lofting required. Sequential instructions cover all aspects of the design and include hull material listings.
Our 22' WILDCAT "E-X-T" SPORT has an open-cockpit center console. Plans include 20' or 24' length options as well. Or if you want the protection of a cabin with sitting headroom that sleeps two on a 4' x 7' berth with space under for a head and cabinets both sides. Speeds for either with twin outboard motors of listed power will approximate 25 MPH at lower ratings and 50+ MPH at the higher ratings. See our 24' WILDCAT "E-X-T" CUDDY if you want sleeping accommodations.
- Length overall:
- 22'0" (*)
- Draft (hull):
- Hull depth max.:
- 4500 lbs.
- Boat weight (dry, approx. Ply or Alum):
- 2200 lbs.
- Fuel capacity:
- 90 gals.
- Cockpit length:
- Cockpit width:
- Cockpit depth:
- Recommended total HP::
- 90-230 (Twin 25" Extra Long Shaft Outboards)
- 20' or 24' options provided in plans