Just registered on the forum to see if anyone can give me the benefit of their experience in the Ceasar SURFCAT.
I am the cox/crewleader of a rescue service on the north yorkshire coast. I have a crew of 22 operating as a declared facility with HMCG using a 5m humber RIB with a 50hp Mariner o/b.with all the electronics bells and whistles.
Like all rescue services we are struggling to get available crew for fast response. The nature of our work is also changing and we are now launching to service shouts in surf, under cliffs, among rocks for strandings, slips, trips and falls and casualty eveacuation. We also have a very active sailing club in the bay and surfers on big days.
We are looking to operate a Ceasar Surfcat alongside the RIB to respond to 'nip-in-the bud' incidents with a crew of 2 launching with a quad.
We would welcome any information from anyone who has used the surfcat in anger. We are talking to the dealers but would prefer impartial info.
We have certain crteria and would fit the boat out to meet these.
We are trying to arrange a demo.
I need to build a case to sell it to our committee.
Look forward to hearing from you
QUOTE=Easyrider;257570] Just thought that i would share my new experience, as it may be of use to those of you considering getting somthing that is more comfortable/faster but still easily managable.
I just purchsased myself a Ceasar surfcat ( http://www.leisureshopdirect.com/mar...boat_only.aspx
)after selling my Bombard aerotec 380(im a great fan of sibs) as i wanted somthing that would have a bit more power to tow bigger toys(the 30 on the bombard was ok but i needed more
) I did a bit of digging around and tried out a couple of thundercats/zapcats but decided that i wanted somthing a bit more family friendly with a bit more freeboard so the kids would feel safer + needed more floorspace-the surfcat met all of my needs so i got one and put a 50 Tohatsu on the back, fitted mounting bolts for my old bombard launch wheels and off i went.
The thing that has really blown me away is just how comfortable it is(i have helm'd quite a few different ribs/sibs/solid crafts over the years), Im sure that most of you know , once it starts blowing force 3/4 it gets quite uncomfortable on a sib, well - it doesnt on a surfcat!!! we were quite happily cruising along at about 30 knots head to sea and not getting knocked around at all , going the other way with the sea we were doing 40+ knots and it was still pretty comfortable. The hijackers(cat hull) just slice through any chop and soak up any slamming even better than an equivalent size rib.
It would still perform great with a 30 on the back.
I just cant understand why these boats arent more popular- because im absolutely sure they would be as word gets about. [/QUOTE]