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#1 catatumbo

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 04:38 PM

REWARD!

 

The Catamaran Catatumbo, 71’ x 40’

 

A reward of US$ 3,000.00 will be paid to the first person that supplies me with information that leads me to the catamaran formerly known as Catatumbo. I am looking for her. Hoping to find her, make the purchase and restore her to surf the oceans.

 

The reward will be paid in any way that will suit the lucky receiver, by bank check, telegraphic transfer, Pay Pal or other; you name it, as long as it is a legal way of transferring funds.

 

On the deck of a catamaran journeying across the Pacific, the idea was conceived  and sketched, purely based on the builder's sailing experience with great designers such as the late Lock Crowther of Australia.

 

She was to be strong, but fast, with recipe of cold molded veneer, West System epoxy, with cutter rig for simplicity and ample sail area.  71 ft overall, 40 ft beam, sail area 4225 sq. ft.  Finished in 1992, near a beach in Venezuela.

 

The former owner informed she was sailed to Trinidad in February 2003 and sold from there near the end of the same year. A French national living in Cuba was said to be the buyer. Neither the authorities in Trinidad nor in Cuba respond to my questions about arrival and departure data, importation etc., therefore this request for help in my search. More images at:

http://www.catatumbo.org

 

Please contact me by email if you have relevant information:

reward@catatumbo.org

 

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#2 Timo42

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:03 PM

Don't know about that one, but there is a 65'x32' cat available in SF Bay...



#3 A_guy_in_the_Chesapeake

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:41 PM

Don't know about that one, but there is a 65'x32' cat available in SF Bay...

 

That wasn't nice... Funny, but not nice... :-)

 

Catatumbo - I know nothing of your boat, but, hope ya find it. 



#4 Keith

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 03:40 PM

Try posting in the multihull forum as well.



#5 mikewof

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 06:57 AM

She's a beauty, how to lose a multi that big? She would be obvious in any harbor.

And when you find her, don't you lose your bargaining position now that everyone knows how badly you want her?

Regardless, best of luck, I hope she hasn't been broken up.

#6 bowman81

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:23 AM

She's a beauty, how to lose a multi that big? She would be obvious in any harbor.

And when you find her, don't you lose your bargaining position now that everyone knows how badly you want her?

Regardless, best of luck, I hope she hasn't been broken up.

 

He left 20kg of coke in each hull so it's probably worth what ever he ends up paying  :ph34r:



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 06:37 AM

Try posting in the multihull forum as well.

It is done. Thank you for the tip.



#8 catatumbo

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 06:38 AM

Don't know about that one, but there is a 65'x32' cat available in SF Bay...

 

That wasn't nice... Funny, but not nice... :-)

 

Catatumbo - I know nothing of your boat, but, hope ya find it. 

Thank you, please spread the word.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 12:52 PM

http://sailinganarch...oysteins-money/



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:26 PM

Not this?  http://www.margarita...land/Catatumbo/

 



#11 catatumbo

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:57 PM

Not this?  http://www.margarita...land/Catatumbo/

No, at least 2 companies there still use the name and the boat details even if the catamaranjCatatumbo left Venezuela in February 2003.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:06 PM

http://sailinganarch...oysteins-money/

Thank you for the assistance. The view rate is now great!

 

My search for the the catamaran formerly known as the Catatumbo is serious and my offer is certainly binding.



#13 Icedtea

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:12 PM

http://sailinganarch...oysteins-money/

Thank you for the assistance. The view rate is now great!

 

My search for the the catamaran formerly known as the Catatumbo is serious and my offer is certainly binding.

What makes this cat so special that you're offering this reward may I ask?



#14 blowboat

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:30 PM

^ My guess is the Repo Man.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:41 PM

I think its in Cuba , owned by a French guy. where's my money?



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 05:43 PM

Could this be it?

 

http://maps.google.c...002661&t=h&z=19



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 06:07 PM

A little Googling led me to this page:

http://marcogalletti...h/Yachting.html

 

It seems to be a CV of Marco Galletti who apparently has skippered Catatumbo in Venezuela from 1998 to 2002

 

Catamaran Catatumbo

CAT Tours/ Venezuela

Catamaran 75’ X  40’ sail Area: 4.255 sqFt  120 passegg Day charter (Venezuela)

Master.

01/98 12/02

Navigazione banchi corallini  -  Crowd Management ( controllo passeggeri quando si imbriacavano troppo...).



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:11 PM

Could this be it?

 

http://maps.google.c...002661&t=h&z=19

The Captain who sailed it from Trinidad to the new, also said to be current owner, has made contact with me, I am awaiting further information from him.

 

The catatmaran in the imgae looks very much like a Dufour Nauticat 82 of which there is at least 2 in Cuba. The Catatumbo is 40' wide, The cat on the satelite image are narrower and longer. Please see the images I attach.

 

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Thank you for your efforts.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:14 PM

A little Googling led me to this page:

http://marcogalletti...h/Yachting.html

 

It seems to be a CV of Marco Galletti who apparently has skippered Catatumbo in Venezuela from 1998 to 2002

 

Catamaran Catatumbo

CAT Tours/ Venezuela

Catamaran 75’ X  40’ sail Area: 4.255 sqFt  120 passegg Day charter (Venezuela)

Master.

01/98 12/02

Navigazione banchi corallini  -  Crowd Management ( controllo passeggeri quando si imbriacavano troppo...).

Correct, Marco was the Captain at the time I sailed and inspected the Catatumbo. More than one year ago he informed me he did not know what happened with her after she left Venezuela.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:22 PM

 

http://sailinganarch...oysteins-money/

Thank you for the assistance. The view rate is now great!

 

My search for the the catamaran formerly known as the Catatumbo is serious and my offer is certainly binding.

What makes this cat so special that you're offering this reward may I ask?

It was solid, light, and fast. Cutter rig. Slim hulls, but still enough displacement to carry all I need. My search for her has the lasted more than 2 years. At present it possible that the captain who sailed it from Trinidad to the new,  said to be current owner, can lead me to her. Great.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 10:37 PM

Don't know about that one, but there is a 65'x32' cat available in SF Bay...

???

 

Oh wait, the Home Depot 65'? Got it. Took me a minute.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:28 AM

 

 

http://sailinganarch...oysteins-money/

Thank you for the assistance. The view rate is now great!

 

My search for the the catamaran formerly known as the Catatumbo is serious and my offer is certainly binding.

What makes this cat so special that you're offering this reward may I ask?

It was solid, light, and fast. Cutter rig. Slim hulls, but still enough displacement to carry all I need. My search for her has the lasted more than 2 years. At present it possible that the captain who sailed it from Trinidad to the new,  said to be current owner, can lead me to her. Great.

Good news! 

Make sure to update this thread with more news when you have it



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 11:04 AM

Catatumbo Is on chocks in the Boat Yard near the bridge between east and western Margarita . I was there With Chuck last week.

Please deposit $3000 in my paypal account beaudeacon@yahoo.com

Thank you in advance. Hôpe to see her on the water again. My Jolly Roger Pirate Ship was in direct compétition With her in 1999

#24 mikewof

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 03:33 PM

I didn't see her on the Google Earth images of Isla Margarita, I did look, but it's exciting if she has been found.

 

Catatumbo (the user) will you keep the thread updated if you find her there?



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:22 PM

The search is over.

In Cuba I found the catamaran formerly known as Catatumbo. She is sitting in a shipyard near Mariel, west of Havana, from where the Cuban boatlift took place in the '80´s.

 

She can bee seen on Google Earth in the position to: 22.9993936327, -82.7487414837. By use of historical Google Earth images one can find that the boat entered the yard and the position she still sit in before January 2007.

 

She was seized by the Cuban government and has been transferred to the Ministry of Flora and Fauna. There a person was presented to me as in charge of the ¨reparing¨ the boat. Their plan is stated the use the now 22 year old boat for ¨tourist business¨.

 

I am not  let in at the yard, where a Colonel is in charge. Yesterday it was said I would have a meeting today with Ms. Loretta, daughter of Number 4 Commandante in Cuba, the latter is 85 years old in charge of Ministry Flora and Fauna. The daughter is said to be in charge of the catamaran and others.  The meeting was moved till tomorrow. Or was it manjana, she meant.

The search is over, but will I be able to make the purchase from the Cuban government. Time will tell.

 

One can see that things take time in Havana. Some say: Commandante F has tried for more than 50 years to make a Cuba Libre, but has not succeded yet.

 

Will post when more information is available.

Thanks.

 

Catatumbo



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:33 PM

Catatumbo Is on chocks in the Boat Yard near the bridge between east and western Margarita . I was there With Chuck last week.

Please deposit $3000 in my paypal account beaudeacon@yahoo.com

Thank you in advance. Hôpe to see her on the water again. My Jolly Roger Pirate Ship was in direct compétition With her in 1999


So what boat is this then, if it has been found in Cuba?

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:07 PM

Looked at it on Google Earth.. God I love the Internets..

 

Good luck purchasing!  Keep SA in the loop!



#28 European Bloke

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:15 AM

Who got the $3K?



#29 SCANAS

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:08 PM

And I'd advise against posting smack talk about any purchaser on the net, let alone a Govt until you have exchanged money and are happy with your purchase.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 12:23 AM

You can't import a cigar legally from Cuba to the US. Is a boat different or would it be going somewhere other than the US?

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 12:46 AM


Catatumbo Is on chocks in the Boat Yard near the bridge between east and western Margarita . I was there With Chuck last week.

Please deposit $3000 in my paypal account beaudeacon@yahoo.com

Thank you in advance. Hôpe to see her on the water again. My Jolly Roger Pirate Ship was in direct compétition With her in 1999

So what boat is this then, if it has been found in Cuba?
I'm guessing you're not big on sarcasm :)

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:47 PM

Catatumbo Is on chocks in the Boat Yard near the bridge between east and western Margarita . I was there With Chuck last week.

Please deposit $3000 in my paypal account beaudeacon@yahoo.com

Thank you in advance. Hôpe to see her on the water again. My Jolly Roger Pirate Ship was in direct compétition With her in 1999


So what boat is this then, if it has been found in Cuba?

Beaudeacon thought such was funny. Upon my question Chuck stated he had not been to Venezuela in years. If htere is a large on Margarita, maybe Beaudeacon can share some pictures? Cannot post images of the Catatumbo from Cuba now, as many other areas in the country the shipyeard is "Military Area". Still here, trying to negotiate. So far no "Catatumbo Libre".



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:49 PM

You can't import a cigar legally from Cuba to the US. Is a boat different or would it be going somewhere other than the US?

The boat has never been in the US, if obtained she would be registered elsewhere, then she can vistit without problems.







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