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SHARK CATAMARAN
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Hull Type:  Catamaran Twin Cbrd. Rig Type:  Frac. Sloop (Rotating Spar)
LOA:  20.00' / 6.10m LWL:  17.00' / 5.18m
Beam:  10.00' / 3.05m Listed SA:  235 ft2 / 21.83 m2
Draft (max.)  2.50' / 0.76m Draft (min.)  0.42' / 0.13m
Displacement:  300 lbs./ 136 kgs. Ballast:  
Sail Area/Disp.1:  83.99 Bal./Disp.:   Disp./Len.:  27.26
Designer:  Dick Gibbs/J.R. MacAlpine-Downie
Builder:  Gibbs Boat Co./Alleman Enterprises (USA)
Construction:  Wood/FG Bal. type:  
First Built:  1963 Last Built:   # Built:  500
BUILDERS (past & present)
More about & boats built by:   MFG Boat Company (USA)
More about & boats built by:   Plastrend / Composite Technologies
More about & boats built by:   Gibbs Boat Co. (USA)
DESIGNER
More about & boats designed by:   J.R. (Rod) Macalpine-Downie
More about & boats designed by:   Dick Gibbs
RELATED LINKS
  Shark Catamaran Association  sharkcatamaranclass.org
NOTES
Though he had already designed a number of successful catamarans, (including the first Little Americas Cup winner, 'Hellcat'), Rod MacAlpine-Downie gave his business partner, Dick Gibbs, credit as the designer of the SHARK. Early boats were also built by Gibbs.
The first SHARK gained notice by winning the 'Yachting' One-of-a-kind regatta of 1963, held in Miami, FL (USA).
A unique feature of the SHARK catamaran is it's ability to be folded down the middle, allowing it to be towed using a standard width trailer.
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