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Maine Cat 30

Maine Cat
Designed by:
Maine Cat (Dick Vermeulen)
Maine Cat
Maine Cat 30

The Maine Cat 30 is a "no frills", "go anywhere", "do anything" family cruiser of original design, with a performance that puts it in the upper bracket of family cruisers. Designer Dick Vermeulen believes catamarans should fulfill their performance potential and the Maine Cat 30, like the other models in the line, is built to be light. Vacuum bagged GPR-foam construction is used for the hull, decks and interior structures to keep the displacement low at the fundamental stage of production.

The Maine Cat 30 has some novel, yet very practical design measures to keep the boat uncluttered, yet comfortable enough, and easy to handle. There is no cosy bridgedeck saloon, instead the large open bridgedeck and cockpit space is covered by a permanent roof. This gives essential shelter, very direct access forward and allows unobstructed views and plenty of natural ventilation to the dining area forward. Protection is quickly increased by fitting roll-up vinyl, or mosquito netting windows and screens. There is excellent visability from the central helm position which makes docking safe. Single handing is aided by convenient line and winch positioning and a self-tacking jib.

The construction technique allows the hulls to be built without bulkheads. This, coupled with the considerable hull flare makes the below decks accommodation feel open and spacious.

The beam of the Maine Cat 30 was originally 16 ft (4.88 m), but was increased to 18 ft (5.49 m) in later models.

Performance cruiser
Multihull type:
  • GRP-foam sandwich for hulls, decks and interior panels with Core-Cell core
  • Vacuum bagged
Sails and rigging:
  • Fractional rig, with fully battened main
  • Single line reefing
  • Roller furling, self-tacking jib
  • Optional screacher
Sails and rigging images:
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Deck layout and gear:
  • Covered central helm station
  • Ample seating
Deck layout images:
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Keels, boards and rudders:
  • Single daggerboard in the starboard hull
  • Fixed "bumper" keels provide grounding protecton and improve manoeuverability
  • Balanced underbody spade rudders

In general: 6 ft 3 in (1.9 m) headroom in the hulls

Port hull: Dinette aft; galley midships; single or small double berth forward
Bridgedeck: Roofed, open sided combined cockpit and bridgedeck; roll-up vinyl windows; dinette that converts to a double bunk; excellent visibility
Starboard hull: Master stateroom with head and shower forward

Accommodation images:
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Systems - Power, Navigation:
Twin outboards under the cockpit
Performance and handling:
  • Low wetted area and low displacement
  • Good light wind and windward performance; generally fast
  • Well protected and equipped for shallow water sailing and beaching
  • Well configured for single handing
  • Good load-carrying capacity
  • Little slamming when fully loaded with high bridgedeck clearance
LOA (length overall):
9.14 m (30 ft)
LWL (length at waterline):
8.92 m (29 ft 3 in)
5.49 m (18 ft)
Draft minimum:
0.61 m (2 ft)
Draft maximum (e.g. boards down):
1.52 m (5 ft)
Windward sail area:
46.45 m² (500 ft²)
Mainsail area:
34 m² (366 ft²)
Jib or Solent area:
12.45 m² (134 ft²)
Reacher, screacher, gennaker or code 0 area:
35.3 m² (380 ft²)
Mast height above deck:
12.8 m (42 ft)
Mast height above water:
14.3 m (46 ft 11 in)
Daggerboard / centreboard:
Displacement, lightship (empty):
1818 kg (1.79 tons)
Displacement at design waterline (DWL):
2727 kg (2.68 tons)
909 kg (0.89 tons)
Bridgedeck clearance:
0.66 m (2 ft 2 in)
Number of berths:
5 - 7
Cabin headroom:
1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Outboard engines:
Typical total engine HP:
Fuel type:
Fuel capacity:
26 US gallons (98 ltr)
Water capacity:
54 US gallons (204 ltr)
First introduced:
In production:
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Degree of customisation:
Several options
Used boats for sale:
4 boats of this brand currently available!

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