Quattro 16 Beach Catamaran



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Product Description

The Quattro 16 is a high performance twin-trapeze racing cat that is lightweight and easy to build. Designed by renowned multihull sailor and designer Richard Woods, the Quattro 16 catamaran has proven faster than the Hobie 16 or Dart 18.

The rounded-v hulls are built using the stitch-and-glue plywood technique which results in stiff, lightweight hulls that two adults can carry up the beach fully rigged. Small skegs help tacking and pointing and protect the hull bottoms when beaching. A forward beam is used to stiffen the forestay.

A very easy to build, fast and successful racing catamaran.

Boats and Yachting Magazine

The Quattro is built in a similar manner to the Pixie. Again, the gunwales are straight to simplify making the hull panels. Once the panels are joined and cut to shape they are wired up and four bulkheads are inserted in each hull while the hull is held in a simple jig.

The Pixie uses a simple wooden slot together beam system. The Quattro is more sophisticated but still simple: it uses aluminium crossbeams that fit into vertical bolts.

Once the beam boxes are installed, the decks are joined and the hulls are sheathed in fibreglass cloth. Total build time ready to paint is about 150 hours.

Many people build a Quattro and then, to save time and money, use the rig from an older beach cat.


The Quattro 16 catamaran plans include detailed specifications for building and rigging the boat. The quality and clarity of the plans ease the construction of this boat, though you still need to be confident of your plans-reading ability.

A complete materials list is supplied with the plans. All dimensions are in metric units.

PDF Plans

An electronic version of the plans in PDF format that can be viewed using Adobe Reader. After credit card authorisation the file will be sent to the email address put on the order form.