ECO 62 - Lightweight and ‘navigable’

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The load capacity is greater than its own displacement (unladen weight of 905 lbs/410 kg and a load capacity of 1,060 lbs/480 kg). The hulls slide easily and effortlessly through the water. Therefore, it doesn’t take much power to propel the catamaran. This propulsion can be very varied: three small electric trolling motors - two at the stern and one at the bow - will ensure you a speed of 5mph (8 kph). This is the speed limit on many inland waterways, but a 15 HP outboard will take you at 12 knots and there’s nothing to prevent you from opting for two 20 HP outboards. In each hull, two compartments are reserved for flotation with a total of 50 cu ft (1,400 liters). Due to its low weight, the ECO 62 can be easily towed behind a standard car. The construction is relatively simple - the barge is assembled in three sections. Most parts only require straight cuts and are easy to handle - one hull weighs only 110 lbs (50 kg), for example. The cabin is of course heavier, but it is mounted after the deck is assembled on the hulls. The layout is reminiscent of a mini-studio apartment - the living area gains in space thanks to the double berth that has been moved forward. The headroom reaches 6’4” (1.93 m).

Length: 20’4” (6.20 m)
Beam: 8’2” (2.50 m)
Draft: 9” (0.23 cm)
Displacement: 905 lbs (410 kg)
Payload: 1,060 lbs (480 kg)
Material: Plywood/epoxy
Construction time: approx. 400 hours
Price of the plans: $220

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