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Pixie - 14' Beach cat

Pixie sailing

Pixie lines drawing

This Italian Pixie builder (above) wrote "I'm spending my Christmas holiday building your Pixie catamaran in my living room (as usual). see picture enclosed. I purchased ... and admired your beautiful old fashioned hand made drawings! "

Later I received this photo (below) and comment:
"After a 6 months pregnancy The Italian Pixie has reached the sea on July 12. Don't look at the sail and boom which are borrowed from my 14' dinghy. The cat is wonderful and everyone on the beach stops to look at it."

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To order full building plans (on paper) please use this order form

Paper building plans cost GBP95

Contact
Richard Woods of Woods Designs
Foss Quay, Millbrook, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1EN, UK

Here is a short Youtube video, taken from the Multihull Sailors Have More Fun! video, see the Video page for more details

David Shatwell writes: "Here is a photo of our Pixie close to finished (ha!) in Lima, Peru. As you can see space is at a premium, and the starboard bow is in the bathroom, which is the current workshop"

PIXIE 14' fun car-top beach cat

THE FACTS AND FIGURES


sheet ply

LENGTH O.A. 4.3m
LENGTH W.L. 4.1m
BEAM O.A. 2.1m
DISPL (empty) 75Kg
ONE OR TWO CREW
SAIL AREA 11.5 sq m

The PIXIE is an entry level car toppable beach cat that has proved extremely popular with hundreds now sold. It has often been built by Scout groups or as school projects. The American magazine "Wooden Boat" market this design alongside its bigger and more racy sister the Quattro 16. The PIXIE hulls are assembled using slot together beams. No spanners, bolts or keys are required. Complete assembly including rigging takes about 15 minutes. Each hull weighs about 20Kgs so is easy to cartop single handed. The rounded V hulls eliminate the need for daggerboards, making it easy to build and to sail off the beach. PIXIE is ideal for those new to boatbuilding and catamarans. It is also ideal for those who want a fun beach boat that sails well but who are not that interested in racing.

"I found her responsive, easy to sail and thrilling. But at no time did she give me the feeling of sailing on a knife edge" PBO Boat Test 1985

From: Peter Brooks

Hello Richard, I recently purchased a set of Pixie plans (Order 378), and am well underway with the project. Having told a whole host of folks that I was building a boat, and to avoid endless 'how's the boat going' queries at work, I am recording progress on a website -

http://www.timedworld.com/pixie

Peter Brook's Pixie on launch day (above)

Pixie steered by 10 year old girl

This Pixie (below) was built in Australia as a school project

Pixie built as school project

"I just thought you might like to see my completed Pixie catamaran, I finished it on the required date of the 25th of August, and it was marked a couple of days later.
Thank you very much for all your help, the plans were excellent and I have recommended your designs to a number of friends who after seeing my completed cat are suddenly quite interested in doing a similar project for their HSC (Higher School Certificate).
I love the shape and curvature of the hulls, especially their depth and sleekness."

A complete Materials List is supplied with the plans, but for costing purposes the following should suffice:

6 sheets 4mm (3/16in) gaboon plywood
20m 1in x 1in, 10m 11/2in x 1in, 5kgs epoxy plus fillers, screws, paint etc

A Practical Boat Owner boat test is HERE

 

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