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November 9, 2012

Canoe catamaran

photograph by Chris Turner, 9th Benoni
During the recent Jamboree on the Air/ Jamboree on the Internet, the Scouts from my home troop built this catamaran using two open canoes that we own. Although we're not a Sea Scout troop, we are lucky enough to have a hall and a campsite situated on a lake.
Photograph by Koen Broumels

Photograph by Koen Broumels, Phoenix Rover Crew
The two canoes are lashed together using 2m staves, round lashed on to the thwarts, with a cargo pallet 'deck' between the two hulls. After testing out the catamaran with paddles, we rigged up a square-rigged sail. Without a keel or centreboard, we were only able to sail with the wind behind us, but the Scouts had fun figuring out how to get things working
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