Update 2014: It is unlikely that I will find time to build RebelCat 6. Apologies to those
who were hopeful, as I was, that it might happen sooner rather than later. Building my house takes priority,
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
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been replaced by a sliding daggerboard, and the one-piece rudder-tiller replaced with a kick-up rudder and tiller
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 6.
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.