adopt a hellcat

adopt a hellcat

Steve Clark does more than his part to preserve great bits of sailing history.  And sometimes, he makes it possible for some of you to do yours.  Time to step up, folks.  Find more info in the thread.

Someone needs to take Hellcat home and restore her. She is the first C-Class Catamaran. She was designed by Rod Macalpine Downey and built by Reg White in 1962.  She defeated Beverly in the 1962 Little America;s Cup 4-1. She was modified by Roy Bacon in 1964 to a una rig and her beams were moved and replaced. She was also widened from 12′ to 13′.  Roy brought her to the US when he moved here to run Chrysler Marine.

When Parkinson’s got the better of him, he gave her to me.  She has been sitting here for 10 years, and I’m not going to get it done. I need someone who understands what she is and has either the talent to fix her or the checkbook to get someone else to do it.

When complete she will qualify for most "classic" yacht races and will blow the fleet away. Other than that she will be a wonderful big catamaran daysailer. The platform was designed to fold as in this picture, so moving her around is 1/10th the hassle of a bolted beam boat. There are no masts or sails to speak of. The rudders, tillers and boards are all here as is a big bin of bits. There are holes in the hull that need to be repaired and I don’t make light of the amount of work and money it will take to restore her. But the end product will be wonderful.

Someone needs to step up to the plate.

I don’t need to be paid for this. I promised Roy that I would make sure she found a good home if I didn’t keep her. PMs work or we can converse publicly. I don’t have a ton of pictures and gobs of information above and beyond this. There were a number of Hellcats built and sold in the 1960s, but this is the first one.


Oh yeah, the extra hull in the picture is the splash of Aethon we made to determine that the molds were right. Do not be confused!