FAST and FUN Catamaran
You Can Make from PVC Pipe
video introduces RebelCat 5 in a slide
show... (scroll down to see a video of RebelCat 5
Multihull? - It's beyond the scope of this web site to
present the advantages and disadvantages of these two very
different kinds of sailboats, but if you want to sail,
eventually you will have to pick one. Assuming you are here
because you want to make and sail a catamaran, let's move on to
which cat to make.
Which Cat should
I Build? The DVD 'How to Make
a Catamaran Sailboat from PVC Pipe' gives detailed,
step-by-step instructions for making RebelCat 5. However, you
can use the same plans to build your catamaran larger or
RebelCat 5 is a fast
lake-cruising cat intended for one or two adults in the
standard version and two to three adults (or two adults
and small kids) in the extended version. There are
Design - It can be made 15 or 21 feet long, and the
21-foot cat can also be shortened in minutes to the standard
length. This unique concept is only on RebelCat 5 - you won't
see it anywhere else. Why would you want this?
If you want a cat for only one
or two people, if you want less boat to transport, a shorter
turning radius, less setup time, then the standard length will
If you want a gentler ride,
even in choppy water, more flotation for more people and cargo,
then the longer version is better. By building the longer
version, you can change from a standard to a longer
cat and back, because each pontoon is made from
two sections, a main pontoon and an extension.
See RebelCat 5's modular construction here.
Note: RebelCat 5 is designed
for cruising on lakes, not ocean racing with
one hull out of the water. It goes darn fast with both
slender hulls in the water and leaves most monohulls in its
wake. The DVD shows how to build RebelCat 5, a tested and
proven design.This is a
YouTube video of RebelCat 5 sailing (and leaving
my friend in his monohull with the white sail in my
The above video was made of
footage from Lake Powell, UT and Willow Lake (Prescott), AZ. If
you're interested to know how I filmed this, go here.
Full story of
RebelCat 5 construction, assembly and sailing here.