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Old 06 January 2004, 20:42   #1
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Can you ID this boat.

Ok, so it's not *really* a RIB, but below is a photo of my Christmas present to myself. Only the seller has no idea who designed or built it. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

Here is what I know.
  • Catamaran built in Australia around 1988, originally didn't have the tubes on it.
  • Bought in 1994 by one of the americas's cup teams who added the tubes and bar around the engines and used as a tender to the big boats and other random duties.
  • Hull # is AUP01P1PP01
  • One of they guys that works for the former owner thinks it was originally designed as an offshore racing one-design class and that 8-10 of them were built. He thinks they bought it from someplace called Piper Marine (which I can't find online in the Aussie Marine Directories) and he doesn't remember what town it was.
  • The basic hull is 28', with 2' bolt on motor mounts, if you include the outboards and protector bar in the back it's about 33' LOA.

I'm trying to get insurance so I can charter it out through one of the local charter companies to help it pay for it's slip and maybe a facelift. But the insurance companies are balking since the builder is completely unknown, even though it passed the survey with flying colors.

Any help traking down the builder, the hull number, or Piper Marine in Oz is greatly appreciated!! -- Mark

P.S. Thanks to all here for the great forum, it really helped learning and getting psyched up to make the purchase. I was originally looking at the Hysucat, but the US dealer's website disappeared and they didn't return email/calls. I came across this one totally by accident. Still thinking about adding the hysucat foils, but she needs a few other things first.
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Old 06 January 2004, 20:43   #2
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Ok, not sure why the photo didn't go through, let me try again.
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Old 06 January 2004, 20:45   #3
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One more photo. No action photos just yet ;-( working on it.
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Old 06 January 2004, 21:01   #4
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Hi Mark,

This boat looks a lot like Signature design, I have posted information to my contacts down under and I hope to hear from him in day or two and I will keep you posted.

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Old 07 January 2004, 08:30   #5
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It looks a lot like a Hysucat from the front, the way the fore deck is shaped and the profile of the hulls, The SA company who build Hysucats, I think have built other simialar boats too, this might be one of them????
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I should learn to read also !!!! I have been no help ..... forget my last post ..

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Old 07 January 2004, 14:46   #7
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OH NO

TIM HAS SEEN A CUSTOM CAT WITH LARGE MOTORS AND WORSE




A CABIN



ALL I CAN SAY MARK IS I LIKE IT A LOT AND THIS IS THE SORT OF THING YOU WILL BE DOING
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