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What the heck is this? #141856
05/02/08 09:56 PM
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Looks kinda cool. I've never heard of a: "16 ft Stratos free style catamaran sailboat" though.

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Looks like a bit of a tail dragger.

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Re: What the heck is this? [Re: Karl_Brogger] #141857
05/03/08 12:11 AM
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Easier to slow down on a screaming downwind leg

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: Qb2] #141858
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I think it might be a Freestyle 474

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: fredsmith] #141859
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You are right ! its a Freestyle 474..(I have one) and its a great 1 or two up boat.

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: Soapysails] #141860
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Who makes them?

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: Mary] #141861
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Don't know, but a couple of nice galleries of one here .

Love this one -

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Might have been the first F16 <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />.

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: ] #141862
05/03/08 07:24 AM
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Do you know where the shots were taken,looks like somewhere in the NW

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: fredsmith] #141863
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I believe it's Vancouver - Jericho Sailing Centre.

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: ] #141864
05/03/08 07:44 AM
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Cool boat, cool spi and cool to se the helm trapping with spi up. Any chance of getting the owner on to the F16 forum (or the open forum)

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: Soapysails] #141865
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You are right ! its a Freestyle 474..(I have one) and its a great 1 or two up boat.

Since you have one, what do you know about it? Do you know who designed it, who built it, and whether they are still being built somewhere? What year was yours built?

Don't just leave us hanging.

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: Rolf_Nilsen] #141866
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Poking around race results on the Jericho site I see two or three names I recognize from here, so someone will probably know who he is.

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: ] #141867
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It would be very interesting to hear their experiences on trapezing under spi, or when not to. Some words on the masthead spi would also be good reading.

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: Karl_Brogger] #141868
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Freestyle 474. Company (Trac)is out of business, I think. That is similar to boat I had many years ago (my first cat!). I still have used, decent boards-not great, a dacron Main, and rudders, if anyone wants them, drop me a line, will sell cheap.


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Re: What the heck is this? [Re: Rolf_Nilsen] #141869
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It would be very interesting to hear their experiences on trapezing under spi, or when not to. Some words on the masthead spi would also be good reading.

The original boat did not have a spi to my knowledge. It was a fun sail, to my recollection, but going about was difficult. For its time, it was quite light at about 285 lbs fully rigged, and was similar to an ACAT single handed concept. Very fast on a reach, pretty lame beating upwind. I learned cats on this boat!


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Re: What the heck is this? [Re: rexdenton] #141870
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Doesn't look anything like a Trac.
Definitely looks more like a little Supercat.
I like it!

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Re: What the heck is this? [Re: Rolf_Nilsen] #141871
05/03/08 10:12 AM
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That sure is a beautiful shot of English Bay in Vancouver.

The guy sailing the boat no longer does, he built himself a swift solo, there are now 3 or4 of them at Jericho. I don't know who owns the boat now, but I'll ask him next time he's in my store. The previous owner put the spin on it (though not this masthead one which I think is a 49er spin) and did race it portsmouth with 18sq, Jav and I20s when you could do such things at Hobie regattas.

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: Scott_Macdonald] #141872
05/03/08 10:15 AM
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Doesn't look anything like a Trac.
Definitely looks more like a little Supercat.
I like it!


That's what I thought. I found it on Criagslist. The lister wants $1k for it. I may go take a look. Although I need a second boat like I need my arm to fall off. Not too bad of a PN# either at 78.3

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Re: What the heck is this? [Re: rexdenton] #141873
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Freestyle 474. Company (Trac)is out of business, I think.


Does anyone know if the Trac Frestyle was really made by AMF the same guys that make bowling balls? M. Egan raced one of those for a while. Said it had a killer rating. Maybe he'll show up and enlighten us??

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: ] #141874
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Looks like he sailing in Vancouver, British Columbia

Re: What the heck is this? [Re: Mary] #141875
05/03/08 11:50 AM
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found this..

Freestyle 474
length:15'06
width:8'00
sail area:152
displacement: 260
manufacturer:Freestyle Catamaransob

I believe a few were imported into Australia by NACRA in the mid 80s.. mainly NACRA and solcat parts..

There was a thread in 02 on freestyle 474 masts

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