Cat Ketch 17 by Bateau.com

[CK17] A roomy and fast expedition cat ketch


Length overall17' 9"5.4 m
Beam6'1.83 m
Draft3' 3"1 m
Draft (cb up)5"0.12 m
Weight243 lbs110 kg
Sail area118 sq. ft.11.00 m2
Hull construction Stich-n-glue
Gallery 10 photos and 2 videos
See also Core Sound 17
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Tags: cat ketch

URL: http://www.bateau.com/proddetail.php?prod=CK17

Description:

An able camping cruiser with good performance and easier to build than any other boat of her type.

Faced with many requests for onboard camping features for our Caravelle 16, we decided, instead of modifying the Caravelle, to design a new boat with a clear priority given to simplicity.

We choose a typical well proven sharpie style hull with an unstayed cat ketch rig: simplicity of building and simplicity of sailing.

The separated cockpits and ample storage are ideal for extended camping expeditions. This boat would be the ideal tool to explore the Florida Keys or any other remote place.

The forward cockpit is 92" (2,35 m) long and 70" (1,80 m) wide. With the floor board lifted up, it offers a completely flat platform for an inflatable mattress. The rear cockpit is 65" by 68" (165 x 172 cm) and if not used for cooking or a Porta-Potti, large enough for two children. Storage space is everywhere: under the seats and in the forward cuddy.

A simple tent made of a tarp on the sprits between the masts will suffice in good weather but many small 2 persons tents will fit on the forward cockpit platform of a custom tent can be made by a marine canvas maker.

Unlike some other boats of that type, the masts must not be removed to install the platform or a tent.

The daggerboard has a unique feature: thanks to the shape of the inside of the daggerboard case, it will kick up in case of grounding (centerboard optional). When not in use, the daggerboard stores completely out of the way along a side of the rear cockpit. The rudder has a kick up blade too.

The rig is simple: plain unstayed mast with laced sails and simple sprit. Almost no hardware to keep it simple and inexpensive. It looks good too. The boat can be rigged in minutes on the trailer or on the beach.

As designed, the boat is well balanced and in strong winds, we expect the sails to be reduced from the bow first. The mast are intechangeable: the mizzen can take the place of the main and this allows for all kind of adjustments in function of the wind and load. She can safely be sailed singlehanded with a deep reef in the main and full mizzen.

The layout separates the "passengers" from the skipper: all sheets and the daggerboard can be reached from that cockpit, the boat maneuvers without asking the crew to move but if they want, they can participate and handle the main sheet.

The sail area to displacement ratio shows very good speed potential but for tranquil sailing and safety in bad weather, we show two deep reef lines in the sails.

Cat Ketch 17

Deck plan
Deck plan

Photo gallery

Cat Ketch 17 sailing
Cat Ketch 17 sailing

Sailing
Sailing

Sailing in a light wind
Sailing in a light wind

Sailing with a dog
Sailing with a dog

Exploring under oars
Exploring under oars

On the mooring
On the mooring

Forward cockpit
Forward cockpit

Rear cockpit
Rear cockpit

Full control from the rear cockpit
Full control from the rear cockpit

On the helm of Cat Ketch 17
On the helm of Cat Ketch 17



Video gallery

Sailing
Sailing
Sailing video of the CK17 in the Adriatic Sea off the city of Komiza, Croatia.
Sailing in Komiza
Sailing in Komiza
Catch Ketch 17 sailing and recovering from a capsize.


See also

Design Length Beam Sail area Engine power Compare
Core Sound 17 Core Sound 17 by B&B Yacht Designs
Cat ketch beach cruiser
17'
5.18 m
5' 10"
1.78 m
119 sq. ft.
11.06 m2
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