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Old 28 August 2011, 11:00   #1
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Zap Cat / Thunder Cat

These boats look like a lot of fun. The racing looks even better. Is there anyone with these in FL? Is there anyone that would be interested in starting a series? Look them up under either name on youtube.
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Old 30 August 2011, 09:05   #2
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There are quite a few threads about zapcat and thundercat racing in the racing forum on this site. The APBA (American Power Boat Association) refers to this type of boat as 'Superlight Tunnel' boats, and holds races under this category. There is at least one U.S. based member on this forum (Fast Fred). He is in the Massachussets area and is a racing outboard modification guru.

Here is a link to info about an SLT event in the Marathon, FL area:

http://www.screamandfly.com/showthre...athon-Race!!!&
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Old 30 August 2011, 17:04   #3
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There are quite a few threads about zapcat and thundercat racing in the racing forum on this site. The APBA (American Power Boat Association) refers to this type of boat as 'Superlight Tunnel' boats, and holds races under this category. There is at least one U.S. based member on this forum (Fast Fred). He is in the Massachussets area and is a racing outboard modification guru.

Here is a link to info about an SLT event in the Marathon, FL area:

OPC Invited to APBA's Marathon Race!!!
Thanks for the info. The marathon event was in 2004, but I have sent an email to APBA about the status of schedule. If I get something interesting, or if there is anyone in South FL interested I will post here.
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There used to be a US manufacturer of ZapCat clones; can't recall their name offhand. Haven't seen any around nor heard about them for quite a while though; maybe out of business? As I recall they were based in someplace like Michigan; I recall thinking it was a kind of unlikely location.

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There used to be a US manufacturer of ZapCat clones; can't recall their name offhand. Haven't seen any around nor heard about them for quite a while though; maybe out of business? As I recall they were based in someplace like Michigan; I recall thinking it was a kind of unlikely location.

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There's a whole slew of them, (usually with name variants of Dux, Thunderdux, X-cat, Advanced Cat, X-treme, Sea Wolf, Sea Eagle etc...) which are mostly manufactured in Asia with US or Canadian branding. Generally not considered to be sturdy enough to hold up to the demands of racing. It is best get a genuine South African built brand (Gemini-Evo (zapcat), Ceasar (thundercat), Aquarius, I think there are one or other SA manufacturers).
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Dux was the one I was thinking about. Didn't know they were imports.

Seem to recall seeing a South American manufacturer as well. Might have been a RIB manufacturer, though. It's been a while.

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These boats are the way to go. I just purchased one and love it. Three year warrantee on the race course. There have been way too many horror stories with Dux boats. More info about our members at http://www.facebook.com/thundercatsna or http://inflatableboatracer.webs.com/

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