>RebelCat 5 DVD Contents
Here is a list of the chapters on the
DVD and what you can expect to see and hear in each
About the video:
time: 96 minutes (1 hour 36 minutes)
Fullscreen, English narration
No region encoding - plays in all countries.
1. Introduction - See RebelCat
5 sailing. Meet me, the originator of the RebelCat design. I
tell you why I'm doing this.
2. Origin of the RebelCat
design - A guided tour through all of the
RebelCats, from the prototype made in Brazil to the current
state-of-the-art homemade cat, number 5.
3. Flotation and Why You Need
It - Flotation charts with all the information you
need to calculate your flotation requirements, pipe diameter
and length, with examples. Chart here. FAQ
15 on pontoon length here.
4. RebelCat 5 vs RebelCat 1
- A comparison of the features of both, so you can see
what 8 years of development have done.
5. Tools and Materials You Will
Need - A list of tools and materials is also included
on the disc in the Resources folder. This chapter is brief and
suggests that you take notes while watching, to record what
tools you may not have and materials you need, if you decide to
make it differently than the DVD shows.
6. Safe and Efficient
Workspace - I show you my workspace and make
suggestions on the space you will need to build your
7. Workflow Overview - A quick
slide show of drawings showing the stages of construction, so
you know what you will be doing.
8. Construction Step-by-Step -
14 chapters covering the construction of all of the parts of
your cat (see details below).
9. Assembly - Several examples
of how to assemble your cat on the shore, prior to sailing. The
entire process - from untying parts from your roofrack to
launch is about 90 minutes for one person, half that for two.
It's only 30 minutes to take it apart and tie it back on, less
if you have a helper.
10. Sailing Tips - how to
adjust and tune your cat for different sailing conditions.
Covers the traveler and adjustable jib fairleads.
11. Sailing Safety - Some
suggestions for staying safe.
12. Conclusion - Unfinished
business, me telling you things that were not yet covered,
wishing you success, etc.
1. Buying PVC Pipe - That's
right, I even show you how to buy and cut your pipe, right
there in the company's yard! If you mess up here, it could cost
you, so I cover this in detail. See FAQ 15 for more on this.
Update: I suggest buying 12" PIP pipe and making your pontoons
17' long or more.
2. Support Spacers - Two or
three supports that hold your pontoons in the right place for
building the rest of the boat.
3. Heat-shaping Pontoons - You
may or may not want to do this - your choice - but
if you want those wedge-shaped, low-drag and super -fast hulls
that modern cats have, this chapter details the entire process.
I invented this method, so you won't see this anywhere
4. Foam Disc Bulkheads - These
things are what turn your thin-walled PIP PVC pipe into rigid
and safe pontoons, by creating many bulkheads inside. In case
your pontoon gets punctured, the bulkheads prevent the water
from filling the pontoon.
5. Pontoon Cones - You can use
traffic cones front and rear or just rear - your choice. Or you
can heat-shape both ends. This chapter shows you how I made the
cones for the rear of the pontoons, and they perform like
magic, leaving no wake at all behind the cat.
6. Deck - The main structure
of the cat, where you will sit and reach all controls. Storage
under deck covers, cushions, the works.
7. Fore And Aft Spreaders
- The 'bridges' that make the cat more rigid yet flexible. The
fore spreader holds the bowsprit, the rear holds the rudder and
8. Bowsprit/Centerboard Trunk
- This clever unit, which you will only see on my cats,
combines the long bowsprit, which holds the forestay and jib,
and the centerboard trunk, where your rotating centerboard
operates. It also has the mast step. Borrowed from RebelCat 1,
this unique construction has matured into a very practical and
functional multipurpose structure.
9. Mast - Mine is made from
aluminum pipe, but you can use wood or fiberglass.
10. Boom - Made from oak,
simple and strong.
11. Sails - Sewn from
polyester fabric bought from Wal Mart's discount table for $1
per yard. You can also use polytarp (free designs and
instructions on the Web) or Tyvek. Or you can buy a used sail
on craigslist or eBay. I show you how I made mine. Update: If
you want the best performance, go with Dacron polyester
sailcloth. However, polytarp and Tyvek will make perfectly
12. Centerboard - The rotating
centerboard folds up neatly under the deck for launching and
beaching. It kicks up in case it hits the bottom or a rock, and
can be fixed in any of five positions.
13. Rudder - Like the
centerboard, made from exterior plywood and sealed. Kicks up
also. Chapter covers the rudder, rudderstock, tiller and
extension. Update: See the Update page for new design.
14. Hardware - Those metal
things that all sailboats seem to have. This covers the ones
that allow the deck and spreaders to be strapped tightly to the
If you have a computer, you can view and print
out the following files (images in .jpg):
Drawings of all parts with measurements
Workflow Overview graphics
Photos of parts with explanations
Lists of Materials and Tools needed
End of DVD Contents