I designed the Oppikat for Nebe Boats a long time ago. They were to build it as a fibreglass production boat but didn't even start to build the moulds before closing their doors. More recently I converted the plans to a combination of plywood and strip cedar construction, to make the design more suitable for amateur builders. We have sold plans for this design to builders in 18 countries but don't know how many are sailing.
A new Oppikat is about to be launched, built by Greg Mitchell in California. She may be launched this weekend.
|The newest Oppikat, ready for launch by Greg Mitchell.|
|Strip planking completed, over plywood bulkheads, ready for plywood side panels.|
|Hulls completed and other components assembled, ready for the rig.|
|Oppikat built by Frank Nagel in Germany for his children, sailed here by his son.|
The Oppikat can be different things to different users. It fits comfortably onto the foredeck or into the davits of cruising catamarans, to serve as a tender and as a toy for both children and adults when anchored. A pair of them on a charter catamaran will add lots of scope for fun activities.
|The red image is an Oppikat on the trampoline of a DH550 cruising catamaran.|