Pooka is a very fast cruising
open-bridgedeck catamaran designed by well known multihull designer
Dick Newick. She was meticulously constructed by Peter Walsh of
Argosy Marine in Westerly, RI. Peter is a graduate of the Landing
School of Boatbuilding and Design in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Pooka has had but two owners. Her first owner's
family of four cruised her at least six months of each year between
Eastern Canada and the Bahamas. The current owners have cruised her
seasonally in New England waters.
Pooka reflects her designer's philosophy of
simplicity and seaworthiness. This approach is evident throughout the
vessel. Her systems are easy to maintain and her accommodation plan is
comfortable whether in port or at sea. Pooka sleeps up to 7 persons in 5 single
berths and one double berth.
The interior, while not palatial, has proven to be more than
adequate for extended off shore blue water cruising. She also features
a very large and comfortable cockpit, part of which is covered by a
Bimini Top that provides shelter from the elements.
Pooka is a legitimate fast cruiser; capable of
reaching speeds of over 20 knots. Her owner typically plans for 200+
nautical mile daily runs while on passage. This level of performance
is achieved by a combination of low weight, low windage, exceptional
underwing clearance, an efficient underbody, and very efficient rig.
Pooka is a boat for sailors who, first and
foremost, appreciate a catamaran with fine sailing qualities. As a
bonus, she has very attractive lines and has a practical cruising
interior. She is at her best when efficiently, safely and comfortably
eating up the miles on long ocean passages. Pooka is truly one of a kind sport cruising catamaran.