RebelCat 6 is for kids. Sure,
an adult can have a blast with a little cat - I did! And if you
plan to sail it close to shore for short periods, it's a lot of
fun. My real intention in developing the RebelCat design has
been to offer kids a new, easy way to get into really fun
sailing, and to be free to sail when they want.
RebelCat 1 was the prototype for all
PVC-pipe RebelCats which followed, especially RebelCat
5, which is closer to the prototype in design than either RC 2
or RC 4. RebelCat 6 is a combination of the simplicity, small
size and 'fun factor' of RebelCat 1 and the comfort and control
of RebelCat 5.
RebelCat 1 inspired and still inspires
many people. It's small, simple, fun, and
easy to make quickly. However, mine had limitations
in flotation, comfort, performance and control. So I have
re-designed RebelCat 1 to improve all of those limitations.
Improvements: Flotation has
been slightly improved by adding cones to the rear of the
pontoons, and 8" pipe is slightly larger in diameter than the
20cm of RebelCat 1. But it will be plenty for kids. Comfort is
improved with padded seats and deck, like RebelCat 5.
Performance and control have been addressed with a traveler for
the mainsail and adjustable jib fairleads, identical to
RebelCat 5. The static centerboard has been replaced by a
sliding daggerboard, and the one-piece rudder-tiller replaced
with a kick-up rudder and tiller with extension.
RebelCat 6 is a scaled-down RebelCat
5. The design of RebelCat 5 has proved so successful
that I have simply adapted the best features of it to RebelCat
When? RebelCat 6 is done, on
paper and in my mind, but I can't make any predictions about
when I will build it. I already bought the pipe, so it will
happen. Most likely 2010 at the earliest, because I am also
building a house at present and have a dozen other projects.
However, if you are eager to build RebelCat 6, the DVD on RebelCat 5
will show you everything you need to know to scale your cat
smaller, using 8" pipe.
What is not on the DVD is the design for
converting RebelCat 6 into its own trailer which can be pulled
behind a bicycle. But you will surely figure that out.