SUPERCAT 20 Detailed Review
If you are a boat enthusiast looking to get more information on specs, built, make, etc. of different boats, then here is a complete review of SUPERCAT 20. Built by Boston Whaler (USA) and designed by Bill Roberts, the boat was first built in 1980. It has a hull type of Catamaran Twin Dbrd. and LOA is 6.1. Its sail area/displacement ratio 75.03. Its auxiliary power tank, manufactured by undefined, runs on undefined.
SUPERCAT 20 has retained its value as a result of superior building, a solid reputation, and a devoted owner base. Read on to find out more about SUPERCAT 20 and decide if it is a fit for your boating needs.
Boat specifications, rig and sail specs, contributions, who designed the supercat 20.
SUPERCAT 20 was designed by Bill Roberts.
Who builds SUPERCAT 20?
SUPERCAT 20 is built by Boston Whaler (USA).
When was SUPERCAT 20 first built?
SUPERCAT 20 was first built in 1980.
How long is SUPERCAT 20?
SUPERCAT 20 is 5.79 m in length.
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The supercat 20 is a 20.0ft frac. sloop (rotating spar) designed by steve edmunds / bill roberts and built in fiberglass by boston whaler (usa) since 1980..
The Supercat 20 is an ultralight sailboat which is a very high performer.
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Aquarius Sail Inc. was established by Tom Haberman in the early 1970s to provide sail, trampoline, and canvas repair to Midwest sailors. Within a few years Aquarius Sail was not only doing sail repair, but providing parts and service to the catamaran community. In 1980 the owners of Aquarius Sail visited the Chicago trade show and met two gentlemen from a sailboat company called Formulae Racing Sailboats. One of these gentlemen was Bill Roberts and they were promoting their new catamaran design, the SuperCat 20. The owners of Aquarius Sail were so impressed by the new design that they immediately signed on to be one of the first dealers for SuperCat catamarans. The early 1980s brought many changes for Aquarius Sail, including the move to a larger location, a wider selection of parts for all makes and models of sailboats and the SuperCat dealership. The early 80s also brought many changes for SuperCat, these changes included the introduction of the SuperCat 17, SuperCat 19, SuperCat 15, and the change in ownership to Boston Whaler powerboats. After being owned by Boston Whaler for one year, production was moved to Erickson Yachts in California. The production and management of SuperCat remained in California for two years when it was again "For Sale" in 1984. The owners of Aquarius Sail were so impressed by the SuperCat concept that they purchased company in the fall of 1984 and moved production and sales to Minnesota. As the 1990s arrived Aquarius Sail teamed up with Bill Roberts of Roberts Catamarans to introduce the SC-22 and continue production of the RC-27 , which Bill had developed on his own in the mid 1980's. The joining of forces between Aquarius Sail Inc. and designer Bill Roberts helped to develop the highest performance and quality catamarans available on the market today. Aquarius Sails has introduced Bill Roberts leading designs, in 1991 the SC-22/ARC-22 , in 1996 the RC-30 , in 2000 the ARC-21 and now in 2003 the ARC-17 . Throughout the 1990s and now into the 21st. Century the products built and designed by the team of Aquarius Sail and Bill Roberts has raised the benchmark in high performance sailing. The name change of the SC-22 to ARC-22 in the year 2000 reflects Aquarius Sails philosophy of being committed to a strict one design fleet program. The superior performance of the 22 design has been demonstrated in both long distance and triangle racing venues since 1992. The decision to solidify the design was in response to the current 22 owners desire to level the playing field in the future.
Bill learned to sail and first began racing sailboats in the Snipe class at the age of 12. He sailed during the summer months on a Tennessee river reservoir near Chattanooga. He was fortunate to grow up in a very active Snipe fleet with some of the top sailors in the country. By the age of 17, Billy, as he was called at that time, had won the US Snipe Class National Junior Championship twice. This was to be the beginning of many top level sailing achievements. The next year he attended Vanderbilt University where he studied Mechanical Engineering, while sailing / racing was set aside for a few years. After graduating in 1960 Bill went to work in the Aerospace industry for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft at the Florida Research and Development Center near West Palm Beach Florida. There he did design and performance analysis work on the J58 jet engine and SR71 aircraft better known as the "Blackbird." In the 1970s and 80s Bill worked on the F100 engine and the F15 and F16 fighter aircraft. Bill continued his full time career in the Aerospace industry in the 1990s by working in Pratt & Whitney's Advanced Design Group investigating advanced engine and aircraft concepts. Bill holds several patents relating to Jet engine design which he acquired throughout his 37 years in the Jet Engine Business. Now back to Sailing. Bill returned to sailing on the Flying Dutchman in 1965. This was the two man Olympic boat with one trapeze and a spinnaker. It was here that he designed, developed and patented the "spinnaker launcher and retraction system" that has spread to many classes today. Bill and his crew made an Olympic effort in 1968 where they finished third in the US Olympic trials. In 1970 Bill began sailing in the Contender class, a one man trapeze boat. This boat originally came out of an International Yacht Racing Union design competition and was targeted for the Olympics. Bill was US national Champion on the Contender six years in a row. In the mid and late 1970s Bill began designing wing sails, sails with thickness, and then beach catamarans. In 1978 Bill and a partner started a boat company called Formulae Racing Sailboats under which they designed and produced the SuperCat product line. The SuperCat catamaran design included several unique patented features. One of these features was the elliptical hull shape to reduce the pitchpoling tendency of multihull sailboats. This design feature has become an industry standard in multihulls of all sizes. Many of the big ocean racers, both cats and tri's utilize the elliptical hull shape. The foredeck of these high-speed ocean racers frequently run underwater as much as they run on top of the water, flat decks just won't cut it! Examples include TEAM PHILIPS, SEABAGO, FURY, and the amas on most of the recently designed large ocean racing trimarans. In 1980 Bill went to Holland and sailed the Round Texel Island Race. The conditions that year were some of the fiercest that the race has ever been held in. Bill took line honors that year and set the lowest elapsed time record for the race on a SuperCat 20. That record stood for several years before it was bettered by another SuperCat 20. In 1981 Boston Whaler purchased Formulae Racing Sailboats. That same year the SuperCat product line attended Yachting Magazine's "One Of A Kind Regatta" at New Orleans. Here the SuperCat's dominated the races, taking line honors in every heat and also taking first and second place overall based on corrected time while sailing against the top teams sailing the California designed boats. Bob Bergsted sailed the SuperCat 17 even up with the Nacra 5.2, a "beach boat" pitted against what was considered to be an excellent "board boat." The SuperCat 20 was the only US designed and built boat to ever win this race. Throughout the 1980s Bill remained active in the catamaran industry by sailing, promoting and designing new boats. In 1984 Bill started designing and developing the RC-27 , a design which would set the standard for many boats well into the future. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the RC-27 set numerous records in the US and Europe. In 1989 Bill, his son Eric, and Peter Zboyan set the record for the lowest elapsed time in the Miami Key Largo race at 1 hour 44 minutes for the 42 mile course, that is an average speed of 26 knots! Bill along with his son Eric have also won the 38 mile MUG Race at Jacksonville Florida more times then we can count and holding the course record for the MUG race for many years, only to be broken by Eric Roberts in 2023 on his ARC-22 , establishing a new course record of 2 hours, 53 minutes & 28 seconds!
In the early 1990s Bill teamed up with Aquarius Sail to continue production of the RC-27 and introduce the ARC-22 (introduced at that time under the SC-22 nameplate). In 1996 Bill continued his commitment to the design of high performance catamarans with the introduction of the RC-30 and in 2000 the ARC-21 . After leaving Pratt & Whitney in the early 2000’s Bill spent his days near the water designing and testing his latest sailing designs. Bill continued to race but had given up the helm to his son Eric whom he crewed for. Throughout the years Bill not only set, but raised the standard for catamaran design and sailing today. Whether it was on a SuperCat, ARC-21 , ARC-22 , RC-27 , or RC-30 , Bill helped to shape the catamaran industry over the past 40 years. We are sad to report that Bill died peacefully in April of 2019 at his home on the St. Lucie River in Palm City, FL doing what he loved best, preparing his RC-30 for the upcoming Miami to Key Largo and Mug Races. Bill, may you always sail faster than the wind!
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2021 Supercat 20ft Tall/Short Rig 4 Boat Fleet For Sale
I have too many boats. HELP take the Fleet of my hands. Best Offer needs to go this spring 2021 from Georgia boatyard. Can assist with transport in the Southeast United States. Read below to see all boats/trailers offered for sale can break up just make an offer.
Are you thinking about entering the 2021 Race to Alaska, 2022 Worrell 1000 long-distance sailboat, or maybe the 2021 Mug Race Jacksonville?
The Supercat 20 catamaran set the world talking in 1979 and continues to be very competitive. The stability, exceptional performance, balanced helm from the 12ft beam, and computer hull design makes the 20 Supercat very desirable. The optional tall rig single or three spreaders increases the mast height to 38ft 6in and 344 sq. ft sail area. The short rig mast height is just over 33ft with a 292 sq. ft sail area.
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The Supercat 20 has a very competitive Portsmouth performance handicap for club/fleet racing. US Sailing 2017 North American Portsmouth Yardstick Table of Pre-Calculated Classes PRECALCULATED D-PN HANDICAPS MULTIHULL CLASSES
Boat Class Code DPN DPN1 DPN2 DPN3 DPN4
SuperCat 20 33′ mast n/s Multihull SC20 65.00 70.40 67.30 65.20 60.80
SuperCat 20 TallRig n/s Multihull SC20H 63.80 67.10 65.00 63.60 59.80
Having raced and long distanced cruised at 15 – 20 knots the Supercat 20 on the West Coast, Gulf Coast, East Coast, and Great lakes, the quick performance and stability is excellent in all types of wind conditions and sea state.
1980 Supercat 20 hulls – Red w/white strips. New bow chainplates, Aquarius Sail kit installed. Black rubber foam hydro turf traction pad on decking. Four access hatches on the deck/stern.
Requires fiberglass repair starboard hull. Easily repairable surface skin crack in hull under beam mount. No mast or centerboards. Other miscellaneous parts:
Tramp, Crossbeams/cable/post/straps, Two rudder castings with tillers, Two rudders painted white, Hiking stick, harness bucket style, Mainsheet/jib sheet blocks, traveler, Standing rigging, Running rigging. Dacron sails jib/main no battens/spinnaker short rig, Mast parts, spreaders, base, head
No mast extrusion or centerboards. You will just need to locate any super cat mast extrusion to splice together a short or tall rig mast. Also, locate centerboards. Best Offer needs to go this spring 2021 from a Georgia boatyard.
$850.00 Make an offer. – (404) – 721 – 8709 or [email protected]
Steel Trailer – Expands from 8ft to 12ft wide, new wheels/tires, bearings greased, wood bunks cradle, very serviceable, requires paint. Currently registered in Georgia. Best Offer needs to go this spring 2021 from a Georgia boatyard.
$550.00 Make an offer. – (404) – 721 – 8709 or [email protected]
1980 Supercat 20 hulls – White #3, this was the 3rd hulls made by Bill Roberts the Designer. Excellent craftsmanship in fiberglass layup, light and strong, two centerboards trunks have cross pin notch for locking down in place, four access hatches located on the deck/stern, needs paint and assembly. Tall rig mast splice kit parts with 3 spreaders, Currently registered in Georgia. Other miscellaneous parts: Crossbeams/cable/post/straps, Motor mount, Tramp, Two rudder casting with tillers, Two rudders white, Hiking stick, hiking harness bucketsThree centerboards white cross pin stop stopMainsheet/jib sheet blocks, traveler Standing rigging, Running rigging. Dacron sails Posey jib/main tube battens/spinnaker tall rig
Tall rig mast 38ft 6in, splice kit, base, head/shive, three spreaders, diamond wires, two Spin/halyard points. tall rig increases mast height to 38ft 6in with 344 sq. ft sail area.
Best Offer needs to go this spring 2021 from a Georgia, boatyard. $2750 Make an offer. – (404) – 721 – 8709 or [email protected]
1983 Supercat 20 hulls – Built for the Worrell 1000 offshore long-distance catamaran sailboat race, painted pearl white, fiberglass epoxy reinforced decking with anti-skid rubber paint layup, light and strong, two-deck access ports with fat bags, modifications Bill Roberts designer front crossbeam, front netting/hull tracks, larger jib 110 sq., ft sail area, self-tacking jib track, sprit pole 20ft, harken traveler track and swivel, running backs, motor mount, wings for sitting with netting, stern lifeline, and Harken/Profurler Code Zero roller furling for scheerer/spinnaker. Currently registered in Georgia. Other miscellaneous parts: Two front beams, Crossbeams/cable/post/straps,
Motor mount bracket Cheata, Hull covers, Two wings folding, side netting, Tramp main, forward netting
Two casting powder-coated with tillers, Three rudders painted peril white, Hiking stick, hiking harness Dakine, Three centerboards painted peril white, Mainsheet 12 to 1, jib sheet blocks, traveler, Standing rigging new, Running rigging new,
Harken and Profurler Code Zero roller furling Scheerer/spinnaker Mylar Smyth square-top sails jib/main/spinnaker tall rig Kevlar Smyth square-top sails jib/main/spinnaker tall rig
Mast tall rig 38ft 6in ACR22/Suppercat 22, single spreader, diamond wires, internal main halyard, base, head shive/hook, one spin/halyard point
$7750 Make an offer. – (404) – 721 – 8709 or [email protected]
1984 Supercat 20 hulls – Really nice ready for lake/ocean sailing. Build by Ericson Yachts for Boston Whaler, painted white with red/blue strips, and bottom paint for leaving in water for the weekend. Gray rubber foam hydro turf traction pad on decking, two-deck access ports with fat bags, sunrise yacht products tramp, large cargo bags, motor mount, harken traveler swivel, modifications front sprit pole prebend with two dolphin strikers, larger jib 110 sq., ft sail area, harken jib fuller, and ronstain code zero roller furling Scheerer/spinnaker. Currently registered in Georgia. Other miscellaneous parts: Front bridle roller Furler harken, Crossbeams/cable/post/straps,
Motor mount bracket Cheata, torqeedo travel electric motor, bags, solar charger
Main tramp, cargo, pockets, tramp cover, Sprit pole, prebend, internal halyard, Three centerboards, Three rudders, Two rudder casting with tillers, Hiking stick, Harness, Mainsheet/jib sheet blocks, traveler new, Standing rigging/hiking wires coated new, Running rigging harken/ronstan blocks low stretch New England line new
Ronstan Code Zero Furler new, Scheerer/Spinnaker
Mylar pin-top sails jib/main foam battens short rig
Kevlar pin-top sails jib/main carbon battens short rig
Dacron pin-top sails jib/main tube battens short rig
Mast short rig is 33ft with a 292 sq. ft sail area. mast single spreader, diamond wires, internal main halyard, four hiking wires coated, base, head new shive with locking hook, two spin/halyard points
Trailex road/launch aluminum trailer, expands 8ft to12 ft, mast lifting gine pole, white sail storage tube locking, Thule ski box storage box locking, antislip traction on trailer beams safety during launching/retrieval, light bar tow truck lights, large winch, removable aft mast post, and full-size tires with two spares. Factory Beach wheels. Currently registered in Alaska.
$10,750 Make an offer. – (404) – 721 – 8709 or [email protected]
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