Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ktaba platinum

It's not really a Ktaba 20 Platinum, but it is a Ktaba with a few improvements over the last edition. Last time  the Spinnaker had autotrim. It still does autotrim, but now I can tweak it. Here's me watching the spin as Craig trims it.
Trimmable autotrimming spinnaker !?
Trimmable autotrim spinnaker? Sounds a bit weird, but it seems to work pretty well. Another thing is the flotation height. On the photo above you cannot see the bottom paint. On the next shot you see it.
Blue bottom paint
What you cannot see is that the other side "sinks" down correctly, as if the boat "sits" in the water, - not on the water. Dunno what the blue stuff is though. It sure isn't VC17m.
Gybing with boom
What also works now is gybing. Now the spinnaker boom will actually switch side. What's left to work with is the spinnaker shape. This is reportedly one of those very special and difficult things to adjust.
There's also a couple of nice poses available. Not only will the boat make you feel good because it sails nicely, - it will also make you look good. I like. All in all there are lots of small improvements. Small but vital for the overall impression. Oh, and it is stable. Good sim crossing, low lag and very few  crashes.
What's still missing is the vane. In the picture above it seems ok, but it still flaps aftwards on a downwind course. A couple of telltales in the jib  would also be very nice.
My favourite spot on a cruise
About the windsystems... We tried switching back and forth from BWind to WWC a couple of times. It works well, but more testing is needed in order to determine if the boat has full WWC support. Wind, waves and currents. Right now it seems to not support waves. We didn't have time to check the currents. More on that in a post near you...

Here's more on the Ktaba 20.


  1. Looks like a beautiful boat! Where can you get it?

  2. Hi Timo, - it is indeed a pretty boat. It has not yet been released from the boatyard, but it should be in the near future. I will post a note about it, when it is out.

  3. This is the first time I visited this blog and I am wondering why the photos are not real life? It's in graphics. But this is a genius idea. Very interesting. Can you also feature paddle boats?

    1. Absolutely. We have paddle boats, kayaks, canoes and pedal boats such as the ones you are promoting. Check this Pedal Boats


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