The Islander catamarans goal is to be large enough and capable enough to take a couple on long trips to remote Islands comfortably. (It is as big as it can be and still towed home for storage, other wise it would have been built at 30 feet just like the boat that inspired it. See here if you are looking for a larger boat. Plans are now free!(http://www.thecoastalpassage.com.au/cheapcat.html )
The Islander (PuddleCat 20′) has stand up head room in the center hulls (6’2″ and adjustable as need requires), a galley, a head with sit down or outside shower and room for a double bunk with a “pop top” which permits sitting headroom forward in the double bunk area. It carries a fair amount of water and supplies at 1500 lbs) and was built with open water passages of 50 miles (Fla to Bahamas) in mind. A lot of thought and time has gone into the design but the build time has been very low for this size of boat due to the way it is constructed. This boat is build without the use of forms or a strongback so every thing you build goes into the boat and not thrown away after after used. This way of building reduces both cost and time. A set of hulls can be built in roughly one month. The priority was not very high to finish this project due to having a job and keeping me with something to do in the garage. Well, it is at the stage that it can be taken to the water and enjoyed now although not quite finished and the plans are completed so that if anyone wants they can build one if they have knowledge of the basics of boat building. Plans consist of both drawings and build sequence photos. Photo above was progress as of 7-17-13 and a build time of less than 1 month of part time work. Plans released on 4-20-2015 and cost $25 instance download only. This is done because RagWing/PuddleCat is a hobby for me and not a full time business and it will stay that way as I near retirement. Whatever money is made goes into RagWing/PuddleCat to help pay to keep the site up, the phone on, and to support builders. It is my hope to become a Non-Profit 401C org soon. For more current photos see the photo link button and I will release more pictures as time permits and they are available. I thank you for your interest.
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- length 20 feet.
- Displacement 2100 lbs
- Width either 8.5 or 9.5.(wider will require a road permit)
- Hull headroom 6’2″- but easy to increase, just add height to plans dims.
- Bridgedeck sitting headroom.
- can be built by single person it single car garage and moved on wheel dollies.
- power- sail-24-26′ mast. Elect or gas outboard. Larger single or smaller twins.(50 lbs of thrust gives 4 mph with electric trolling motor)
- sleeps 2-4, one double and or double and 2 singles.
- click above link to see update of build. There are also other videos on the same page.
For build videos click here-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuhmjJLlaM4&feature=relmfu
Click here for recent photos Or for most updated photos see the PuddleCat Face book page and click on photo tab, album for PuddleCat Islander.
The RagWing Islander plans package includes the following:
- 18 Full 11 X 17 inch drawings
- 108 Full color build sequence photos
After clicking the “ADD TO CART” button below you will see your cart with a Paypal checkout button. Once you click the Paypal checkout button you will have the option to pay with Credit/Debit card or PayPal. After the payment process you will receive an email with a link to download your plans.
Hull numbers will be issued in the order that the requests are received. So the sooner you get yours going the lower number you will get. Please supply the following with your hull number request: A photo of your hulls along with your name, address and other contact information that you would like to share. When possible it would be nice to have the builder in the photo. I will let you know your hull number by email. Hull numbers are to keep a good count of how many boats are being finished. You do not have to request a hull number nor do you need a hull number. It is just fun to see how many craft are being built and where.
Hull Number List
Hull #1- 2018 Roger Mann, Taylors, SC
Hull #2- Sam Othregor, Liberty, SC