How We Build The Perfect Hull.
The process of designing a catamaran hull is equal parts physics, experience and technology, and as it is a significant investment in time and resources, it needs to be done extremely well. Here, Greg McLogan, VP of Product Development, describes what goes into World Cat’s ‘secret ingredient’ – the hull:
- Before any design work is initiated, a full exploration of the boat’s intended use and desired performance characteristics is charted out. Will it be primarily used for fishing or for cruising? What speed, fuel economy and handling are desired? What type of ride is optimal (like cars, performance vs. ride is a balancing act)? What key features are critical? How can this boat be priced to maximize appeal? All factors need to be simultaneously solved.
- For example, a boat designed for fishing will have more livewell capacity, fish boxes and rod holders, and accessibility around the deck. A cruising boat will put a bigger priority on seating space, relaxing/refreshment areas and other creature comforts.
- Then, a general layout of weight and balance factors begins – what are the biggest weight contributors on deck, and how can these be optimally balanced around a center of gravity? How does this shift as people are added or as fuel is depleted? What engines are appropriate and how does their weight and power impact performance? How can stability be ensured if, for example, several fishermen are fishing from the same side of the boat?
- Once these basic priorities are identified, the hull design begins:
At World Cat, we believe we have the industry’s best-performing hulls. But as we design new hulls, we continue to strive to seek out new shapes and materials to further improve the catamaran experience.