Power Catamaran's

Discussion in 'Boating Discussion' started by elevated, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. elevated

    elevated Sacred Pursuit GS

    Location:
    Honolulu, Hi
    Name:
    Lucas
    Boat:
    The Lone Reeler
    • Messages:
      (152)
    • Likes Received:
      (16)
    Hey all, new member here sorry if this question is a dumb one...

    I'm just curious why i don't see more power catamarans like glacier bay cats etc in ca waters? Are they not suited for our coast? Just curious thanks...
     
  2. jagerhunchback

    jagerhunchback MCLMM

    Location:
    sometimes oahu.....mostly iraq occasionally afghan
    Name:
    mike
    Boat:
    25 ft powercat "Crazy Haole"
    • Messages:
      (2,615)
    • Likes Received:
      (6)
    most people think they are ugly. i personally love mine, and if you were to ask jason or ali they would sing praises about theirs.
     
  3. middleofnowhere

    middleofnowhere Gopher Killer

    Location:
    Yucca Valley, CA USA
    Name:
    Scott
    Boat:
    Twin Vee "MamaMia"
    • Messages:
      (3,767)
    • Likes Received:
      (452)
    I like mine. Would love it if it would lead me to tuna.
     
  4. Ali

    Ali Master of Nothing Admin

    Location:
    San Diego
    Name:
    That Guy
    Boat:
    31' Innovator
    • Messages:
      (22,010)
    • Likes Received:
      (4,661)
    I think the short reason is they are expensive.

    A 27' World Cat lists for approx $120k.

    A 26' Striper lists for approx $75k.

    That's a big premium that most people aren't willing to pay.

    Two hulls + 2 motors + quality construction = expensive.
     
  5. Surfdoc

    Surfdoc The finger in the Dyke!

    Location:
    Bahia Asucion BCS
    Name:
    Stan
    Boat:
    Mx Panga, MOJAC
    • Messages:
      (1,031)
    • Likes Received:
      (33)
    Biggest mistake I ever made was selling my TwinnVee... and if I ever win the lotto or something close, I'm back to 2 hulls..

    Best riding machines out there in my opinion!
     
  6. CENCOASTFISH

    CENCOASTFISH Member

    Location:
    SANTA MARIA/CA/USA
    Name:
    B. A. STEWART
    Boat:
    PRO-LINE 231 WA B2
    • Messages:
      (328)
    • Likes Received:
      (27)
    Concur with ALI
    There are a few, they can be great boats above about 22 feet, deeper hull models.
    I saw an awesome one up at Port san Luis a couple weeks ago.

    Part of the problem is PRICE/COST, allmost all are Twins, So 2 -power plants.
    also there are not that many avail from what Ive seen.

    Many people fish from multipurpose boats like cabin cruisers, Runabouts, CC Skiffs
    Walkarounds etc. Cats do great when chop is up, but sea is not too high that it slaps the underside of the hull between the "sponsons".

    They are also stable side to side drifting in moderate seas.

    Also they have to be built extra strong in certain areas to keep from getting stress fractures when the hull halves are under oposing stresses .

    They are in wide use in Florida/Gulf of mexico and Australia from what Ive seen.

    I think world cat is the most common in california.
    A hardcore Albacore Expert Up here runs a Home built twin OB cat out of Port SAn Luis and Morro Bay. Word has it that it Gets Great Fuel economy and range at those high displacement trolling speeds that finding tuna often requires.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2010
  7. elevated

    elevated Sacred Pursuit GS

    Location:
    Honolulu, Hi
    Name:
    Lucas
    Boat:
    The Lone Reeler
    • Messages:
      (152)
    • Likes Received:
      (16)
    thanks guys, i kinda figured it had a lot to do with price...
     
  8. cksea

    cksea <*}}}<

    Location:
    SD
    Name:
    CKSEA
    Boat:
    PORTA
    • Messages:
      (1,103)
    • Likes Received:
      (97)
    Twin Vee can compete with the price of most Mono hulls. Not the quality fit and finish of a GB or WC but if you want a great ride and a ton of deck space you cant beat a cat. The only thing I would consider over a cat would have a diesel.
     
  9. Surfdoc

    Surfdoc The finger in the Dyke!

    Location:
    Bahia Asucion BCS
    Name:
    Stan
    Boat:
    Mx Panga, MOJAC
    • Messages:
      (1,031)
    • Likes Received:
      (33)
    To clarify..... due to Jason's warped sense of whatever. When you type CA,T into BD you get cat.
    So when you see cat so many times they mean catamarans.
     
  10. Double Z

    Double Z Newbie

    Location:
    Outside the Orange Curtain...
    Name:
    Harry S. Stamper
    Boat:
    Nope
    • Messages:
      (10,528)
    • Likes Received:
      (19)

    and that $75k Stripper will come with a diesel that gets 8mpg while trolling with 160 gallons on board. The 26' gassers are in the $60k range.
     
  11. 805gregg

    805gregg Newbie

    Location:
    Ojai, Ca
    Name:
    Gregg
    Boat:
    1991 Skipjak 262 "Mischief"
    • Messages:
      (664)
    • Likes Received:
      (7)
    The interiors on the small cats are minimal. I like a good place to crash if I'm out overnight surfing the Islands.
     
  12. Paisan

    Paisan Member

    Location:
    Valley Center
    Name:
    Rob
    Boat:
    44' Pacifica
    • Messages:
      (269)
    • Likes Received:
      (140)
    8 mpg? Of course they will get the best mgp at trolling, but 8?
     
  13. Double Z

    Double Z Newbie

    Location:
    Outside the Orange Curtain...
    Name:
    Harry S. Stamper
    Boat:
    Nope
    • Messages:
      (10,528)
    • Likes Received:
      (19)
    Cruise was 4mpg, trolling 8mpg. I think at idle it burned about a quart an hour. Offshore, I rarely shut it down. Bad thing was it idled at over 4mph. Not good for slow trolling mack's or dean's.


    I second the comment about the small cabin too. Some of the larger ones have nice wide beds in the bow but they are still MUCH smaller interiors than a similar sized V.
     
  14. jagerhunchback

    jagerhunchback MCLMM

    Location:
    sometimes oahu.....mostly iraq occasionally afghan
    Name:
    mike
    Boat:
    25 ft powercat "Crazy Haole"
    • Messages:
      (2,615)
    • Likes Received:
      (6)
    if you're in the market 1998 Baha king cat Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com=

    saw one of these boats here on island, i was impressed to say the least. heard they had some q/c issues back in the day tho.
     
  15. ALUMINATOR

    ALUMINATOR Well-Known "Member"

    Location:
    North San Diego County
    Name:
    Dennis
    Boat:
    27' self built
    • Messages:
      (3,874)
    • Likes Received:
      (205)
    I would think a 35-40 foot aluminum c a t with two shafted diesels would be hard to beat!!
    Fast, smooth ride and good on the fuel too. I must admit it might take me a while to get used to their looks, but look at my POS LOL LOL.
     
  16. Double Z

    Double Z Newbie

    Location:
    Outside the Orange Curtain...
    Name:
    Harry S. Stamper
    Boat:
    Nope
    • Messages:
      (10,528)
    • Likes Received:
      (19)

    At that size, the cats really vary. On some of the sailing catamaran's, the beam on a 42+footer is over 22'. The main salon is amazing and they have 3-4 bedrooms. The wife and I have looked at several. You could comfortably fish the world for less money than a 35' Cabo....
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2010
  17. ALUMINATOR

    ALUMINATOR Well-Known "Member"

    Location:
    North San Diego County
    Name:
    Dennis
    Boat:
    27' self built
    • Messages:
      (3,874)
    • Likes Received:
      (205)
    The width sure can be a problem at the marina but the increased cabin footage would be sweet. Dreaming never hurts but once you open your wallet watch out.. LOL
     
  18. Paisan

    Paisan Member

    Location:
    Valley Center
    Name:
    Rob
    Boat:
    44' Pacifica
    • Messages:
      (269)
    • Likes Received:
      (140)
    8 is pretty sweet. Shit, I'm happy to get 1.
     
  19. Double Z

    Double Z Newbie

    Location:
    Outside the Orange Curtain...
    Name:
    Harry S. Stamper
    Boat:
    Nope
    • Messages:
      (10,528)
    • Likes Received:
      (19)
    You got that right. I hear the Cat's are pretty much an end tie in that size and there are few of those. IF we do it, I hope it's at the guest docks long enough to load and then C-ya!

    BUT, buying new, you'll probably NEVER get your money back. Sure makes the trips nice though. I did a 7-day trip once covering 356-miles burning 95-gallons. No, I do not miss it one bit.
     

Share This Page