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Old 01-10-2019, 09:11 PM
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Hi All,
I am very excited to announce that Dave East of Eastward Boats is building me a semi custom pilothouse power catamaran to be used in the San Francisco Bay and Northern California coastline. The build will be minimally sparse due to budget restraints, I will add to it in the years to come as my budget allows. The Horzion 3000 is on Dave's website: www.eastwardboats.com. The Hull length is 30'3" plus an Armstrong engine bracket then engines, the Beam is 9'3," the Draft is 19," not sure of the weight as this will be his first pilothouse, the power will be twin Evinrude E-Tec G2 250hp, Fuel capacity is 300 gal total with dual tanks.
If anyone lives or works near Eastward Boats in Port St. Lucie Florida feel free to stop by to snap a few photos for me from time to time as it will be difficult for me to see the progress on a day to day basis since I am in California. As Dave sends me photos I will post them for your enjoyment.
Here are a few photos from the very beginning of the build.
Thanks for following.


4108/1.5oz/Coremat cloth for hull


Coosa bulkheads cut and ready for hull

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I'll pass on true. 8-10ft steep wind driven waves on a short period off my stern in a 30ft boat of any make or model. Heck with that.

If that's considered typical.....and couple it with it's already California.....I'd move.
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The ring deck cap started Tuesday of this week.

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This is the skin layer of 1.5oz mat cloth being hand laid on the ring deck cap.

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Cool build, gotta give us more! What’s the length? Motors? Beam?

I live in the Bay Area so I’m interested to see how the boat handles our waters.
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As of today, the first layer of 4108 on the cap.

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Can’t wait to see this, very interested. Would love to see a walk around version of this
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Originally Posted by TUNAHUNTER197 View Post
Cool build, gotta give us more! What’s the length? Motors? Beam?

I live in the Bay Area so I’m interested to see how the boat handles our waters.
The Horzion 3000 is on Dave's website: Eastward Boats Inc Home. The Hull length is 30'3" plus an Armstrong engine bracket then engines, the Beam is 9'3," the Draft is 19," not sure of the weight as this will be his first pilothouse, the power will be twin Evinrude E-Tec G2 250hp, Fuel capacity is 300 gal total with dual tanks.
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Originally Posted by jwlsh View Post
Can’t wait to see this, very interested. Would love to see a walk around version of this
His demo boat is a CC but it's a semi custom build so he can build you what you want, anything from extravagant like his Wild Knights (Cat Build Thread: Eastward Boats presents the “Wild Knights”) that he is working on now to my basic pilothouse. If you are interested I would suggest you call and talk to Dave. He markets his boats as an affordable well built boat with a proven hull design.
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Originally Posted by Freshpow View Post
The Horzion 3000 is on Dave's website: Eastward Boats Inc Home. The Hull length is 30'3" plus an Armstrong engine bracket then engines, the Beam is 9'3," the Draft is 19," not sure of the weight as this will be his first pilothouse, the power will be twin Evinrude E-Tec G2 250hp, Fuel capacity is 300 gal total with dual tanks.
Sounds great. Looking forward to seeing you on the water. Are you on Coastside? If not those guys would love to follow this build.

Good luck!

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I can't wait to see how this turns out.

At the risk of sounding stupid, will this be a pilothouse cat that you can fish (something like a Parker setup) or a cruising set up? The thought of a fishing cat with a pilothouse sounds awesome. I'd love to own one and they're hard to find.
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Congrats on the boat! Looking forward to see how this one comes out compared to the other CC's that he has made. This should have a lot of interest. Thanks for sharing.
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Congrats, this thing should be a diving machine.
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Hope it turns out well, but I think a proven design for our waters would be a better choice, unless the price is so low you can’t loose. Ever heard of Don Radon? Proven design. How about Farallon? Small Cats aren’t the best choice when trying to come back in the Gate on a windy summer afternoon. A bunch of extra weight from a pilot house on the front of a pair of hulls that weren’t designed for it and a relatively narrow beam for it’s length sounds like a recipie for a disaster.
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Originally Posted by sfjakey View Post
Hope it turns out well, but I think a proven design for our waters would be a better choice, unless the price is so low you can’t loose. Ever heard of Don Radon? Proven design. How about Farallon? Small Cats aren’t the best choice when trying to come back in the Gate on a windy summer afternoon. A bunch of extra weight from a pilot house on the front of a pair of hulls that weren’t designed for it and a relatively narrow beam for it’s length sounds like a recipie for a disaster.
Boy that didn't take long!
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Originally Posted by Freshpow View Post
His demo boat is a CC but it's a semi custom build so he can build you what you want, anything from extravagant like his Wild Knights (Cat Build Thread: Eastward Boats presents the “Wild Knights”) that he is working on now to my basic pilothouse. If you are interested I would suggest you call and talk to Dave. He markets his boats as an affordable well built boat with a proven hull design.

Sweet I'm in. So far I couldn't have asked for anything else from Dave. Great to work with.
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Originally Posted by sfjakey View Post
Hope it turns out well, but I think a proven design for our waters would be a better choice, unless the price is so low you can’t loose. Ever heard of Don Radon? Proven design. How about Farallon? Small Cats aren’t the best choice when trying to come back in the Gate on a windy summer afternoon. A bunch of extra weight from a pilot house on the front of a pair of hulls that weren’t designed for it and a relatively narrow beam for it’s length sounds like a recipie for a disaster.

Cats handle wind waves a lot better than mono hulls of the same size, so you're gonna have to be a little more descriptive of why a cat is a bad idea there. Also, as it will be a pilot house, it should deal with greenwater over the bow quite well.

This will be about fun build to watch.
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Originally Posted by sfjakey View Post
Hope it turns out well, but I think a proven design for our waters would be a better choice, unless the price is so low you can’t loose. Ever heard of Don Radon? Proven design. How about Farallon? Small Cats aren’t the best choice when trying to come back in the Gate on a windy summer afternoon. A bunch of extra weight from a pilot house on the front of a pair of hulls that weren’t designed for it and a relatively narrow beam for it’s length sounds like a recipie for a disaster.
How do you know it wasnt designed for the weight up front?
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Coming in the SF Gate across the bar is typically large, steep swells with wind on top. Not 3-4’ chop, but 8-10’ following seas very close together. Not the situation a cat shines in, especially a bow heavy, narrow one. Outgoing current with incoming swell creates steep, short interval waves. Typical winds are 15-25 in the afternoon. Dangerous in the wrong boat, cat or otherwise. Flat days often become downright scary, so a boat designed for these dangerous conditions is wise.
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I'll pass on true. 8-10ft steep wind driven waves on a short period off my stern in a 30ft boat of any make or model. Heck with that.

If that's considered typical.....and couple it with it's already California.....I'd move.

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