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Old 18 August 2010, 17:31   #1
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My New Cat Sib!

Just picked this up - only 300 quid! its a brand new never seen the wet stuff zapcat clone from a local company (hartpool marine), which recently went bust due to the recession and had to shift the left over stock. I was previously using an old avon 340 hypalon sib from 1979 which was great, but its performance in any sort of chop left a lot to be desired.

Now all I need is an engine. Im hoping to find a nice 30 to 40hp 2 stroke - but in the meantime I'll just try this out with the 15hp from the old avon. It supposedly takes 50hp - but i'm not feeling that suicidal!

Any thoughts? one thing im not sure about is the pressure Ill need to put in the hijackers? I have a bravo 12 HP so should only take a few seconds to inflate
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Old 18 August 2010, 21:32   #2
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Congratulations, it looks like you'll have a blast! You will probably be surprised by how well it goes with just a 15 hp & 1 person. The recommended pressures for typical PVC thundercat/zapcats are approximately 3.2psi for the main sponsons, and about 9 psi for the hijackers.
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Old 19 August 2010, 17:58   #3
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Where are Hartpool marine?
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Old 20 August 2010, 04:50   #4
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Are there any more left and if so can you reveal details of where to buy?!?
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Old 20 August 2010, 06:38   #5
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it was in portchester. im afraid this was the last boat he had in stock, but he did say if i got any further interest then to let him know. seeing as two of you have asked, i'll email him and see if hes ok to let me pass his contact details on (as the numbers etc i have are his personal ones not his business ones!). will let you guys know.
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Old 20 August 2010, 06:44   #6
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Many thanks - have sent you a PM...
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Old 20 August 2010, 09:58   #7
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Ok i contacted Joe Mearns (old owner of hartpool marine), he says that his new business that may be able to source these boats can be found at www.mearnsmarine.com , the site has an email facility under 'contact us'.... tel no. 02032390359.

I hope this helps.
Will post a few pics of the boat on the water asap!

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Thanks for the info
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