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Old 01 March 2017, 04:45   #11
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Old 01 March 2017, 05:05   #12
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Never been on a good Cat yet. Loads of room, horrible ride. They don't call 'em "vomit comets" for nothing
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any one care to confirm PD observations?
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just to avoid any confusion which Parker do you have in mind the USA one or us as we are two separate companies and have nothing to do with each other only both are called Parker and both make pilothouses
Unless there is a glut of used Polish Parker pilothouses that made their way to the states, it would be safe to assume that I was referring to the US brand!
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Never been on a good Cat yet. Loads of room, horrible ride. They don't call 'em "vomit comets" for nothing
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any one care to confirm PD observations?
Yes, let's hear some thoughts. And again, I'm talking about a 18-20 knot cruise.

Not talking about a 50 mph cruise like in one of these: https://youtu.be/yIoXp0eiZ9A
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I have found that some cats can have an uncomfortable movement especially with quarter seas. Fine head on but there is something unsettling when the sea is from any other direction. The smallest I have been on was just over 12m so can't say if it would be the same for boats in the size you are looking at.

There is the caveat that I am prone to motion sickness anyway but it did seem worse on cats.
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I have found that some cats can have an uncomfortable movement especially with quarter seas. Fine head on but there is something unsettling when the sea is from any other direction. The smallest I have been on was just over 12m so can't say if it would be the same for boats in the size you are looking at.



There is the caveat that I am prone to motion sickness anyway but it did seem worse on cats.


You basically have 2 hulls wanting to go in different directions, whichever hull lands first gets first grip, then the second hull lands & tries to straighten the boat, the result is a corkscrewing motion that's horrid.
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Unless there is a glut of used Polish Parker pilothouses that made their way to the states, it would be safe to assume that I was referring to the US brand!
That is a relief

Have you looked at the 800 Pilothouse. Good option with twin 150 HP
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Since others brought up the ride I'll chime in too and not be the only Mr Negative. From all the people I have talked to I'd be concerned with the ride too. I know just one or two people personally who had cats here in California and they got rid of them due to ride issues. Now I have had a brief internet conversation with an actual boat designer and cats can vary quite a bit. A lot has to do with the height of the tunnel so it not bottoming out in the swell or something like that . Some of the more mass produced ones were notorious for their bad ride and that might be what the people I met had. I know of one person who has a 30+' cat if some sort and spends much of his retired time on it so he must be ok with it.

Other friends have a 25' or so power cat down in the Caribbean and really like it. The deck space and storage is impressive, even has a head in it. Huge top covers most of the desk. They summer up our way and have said on multiple occasions they would not want to rock fish here in their boat. It's much better when moving. They do tuna and wahoo fishing down their way.

If cats were the perfect west coast boats I think you'd see a lot more of them...

Just my $0.02

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They summer up our way and have said on multiple occasions they would not want to rock fish here in their boat. It's much better when moving.
That's one of the more interesting catamaran quotes I've heard. Most people love the stability at rest.



I agree, there are pluses and minuses to every every boat out there. I feel like there are a lot of pluses to cats once you get used to some of the handling quirks. It seems more and more guys in the PNW are getting aluminum cats built. The Aussies, Kiwis, and South Africans seem to love them - what is so different about our waters? I've also heard that cats like short period swell/chop (think Gulf of Mexico, again, where they are popular) and we don't usually have that here.
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