1955 Time Machine - Woody Brown Catamaran
15 August 2014 Editor 14 Comments
This is an interesting time capsule - a 1955 Manu Kai class 20’ catamaran, designed and built by the legendary Woody Brown. According to the seller, the original owner has passed away. He special ordered the boat direct from Honolulu and it was made specially for him. The catamaran has been stored inside and has not been used for years. From the included paperwork:
Manu Kai Catamarans are built to the highest construction standards by S. Funai Boat Shop and are exceedingly strong, yet light. Every square inch of hulls and decks are fiber glassed with multiple layers at all stress points and joints. They come complete with Dacron sails and bronze heavily chromed hardware and fittings.
The boat shows the classic design details of an early Hawaiian beach cat, including deep asymmetrical hulls, canoe stern and integrated rudder. The mast appears to be stayed by spars in an A-frame configuration, instead of wire stays. Find it here on eBay in Green Bay, Wisconsin with a $3000 opening bid.