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Mana 24 Self-Assembly 'Cat-Kit'

Dream - Build - Sail
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MANA - Polynesian word for ‘spirit’ given to an object by its maker or the person that uses it.

Mana in the distance

Due to the present period of financial austerity and increasingly high marina costs, a large number of would-be sailors are having a hard time financing the dream of sailing their own boat.

However, there is an economical way to enjoy sailing, by building your own small lightweight boat, keeping it at home and trailing it to the waters you want to sail in, chasing the good weather. This gives the opportunity to explore many more sailing areas than if based on a permanent mooring and at a much lower cost.

In designing the MANA, we explored this idea and looked sideways into the world of camping and have combined the innovative CNC cut “flat pack” boat-building concept with the philosophy of outdoor living to create the unique MANA camper-sailer, specifically designed for trailer sailing.

MANA’s 23’6” hull length has a special significance for James Wharram. In 1956 he made the first successful catamaran voyage across the Atlantic in his first catamaran, the ‘Tangaroa’, also 23’6” long. The new chined shape gives extra width for bunks placed aft, where there is least motion.

For speedy assembly the hulls and beams of the MANA are connected with quick-fit webbing straps with over-centre buckles, which are very strong and much easier to fit than bolts.

With the main mast of the MANA placed well forward the platform gives ample flat space for a low cost dome tent or a custom-made pramhood tent, which can double as spray hood when sailing. Adapting camping habits to a sailing lifestyle gives wider sailing opportunities at minimum cost and lots more family fun!

MANA uses the well proven Wharram Wingsail rig in a new Catrig configuration. The Wingsail rig is a modern version of a high aspect Dutch style gaff rig, sleeved round the mast for maximum aerodynamic efficiency.

In this new Catrig configuration the mainsail gives the drive with a very clean leading edge. The small mizzen aids with balance, steering and tacking. Having no jib, there is no need for a very tight forestay. The standing rigging uses the latest dyneema rope, which is light and easily set up. The mizzenmast can be used as sheer pole for single-handed assembly.

The MANA kit is sold with all the plywood cut out by CNC cutter and pre-coated with epoxy, so building the boat at home will be a bit like assembling a flat-pack. All the parts slot together perfectly so a hull can take shape in a day.

The first two kits are now being produced and will go to Norway and Canada! MANA can be the solution for many adventurous families on a low budget, but with a great desire to DREAM - BUILD - SAIL

Building Method: Ply/Glass/Epoxy/Laminate
Length Overall: 23' 6" 7.16 m
Beam Overall: 12' 8" 3.85 m
Waterline length: 20' 10" 6.35 m
Beam of each hull: 3' 2" 0.97 m
Max draft: 18.5" 0.47m
Headroom over seat/bunk: 3' 0.90 m
Sleeping capacity: 2 single bunks in hulls, double birth under decktent
Dry weight (approx): 990 lbs 540 kg
Maximum displacement (Approx): 2090 lbs 1140 kg
Sail area: 216 sqft 19.6 sqm
Deck sleeping area: 7’21” x 8’03” 2.20m x 2.45m
Full deck area: 7’21” x 11’48” 2.20m x 3.50m

Please contact us to order your Mana kit NOW!

wharram@wharram.com
+44 (0)1872 864792

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